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The Amazing Lena Dunham talks about Marriage

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I think Lena Dunham is amazing. In this article (found in the New Yorker (at http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-bride-in-her-head), Ms. Dunham talks about the future of marriage for straight people like herself, now that the excuse of waiting for LGBT folks to be able to marry is no longer…

How to Get Along with Difficult People

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No matter how wonderful your life is, its impossible to avoid difficult people. These unpleasant folks may be your neighbors, coworkers, family, clients, boss or even your partner. Regardless of who they are, how are you going to get along with them? You can’t just…

Time for a Retreat?

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When times get tough, what’s one of the best things you can do for yourself? Perhaps it’s time for a retreat. You may protest, saying you don’t have the time or money, but check out these three different types of retreats: The at-home retreat: This…

What is Healthy Stress?

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You hear a lot of talk about stress: “I’m so stressed out” or “My job is so stressful”, but how what exactly is stress? I’ve read a lot of definitions; most of them focus on the worry and anxiety that come with stress. But what…

Have your Best Summer Ever. Here’s How:

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Summers are supposed to be happy, right? Carefree, easy, laid-back…and, yet, so often, they’re not. This column is about how to make this summer one of your best ever. Let’s start with:   Lower your expectations…of everyone. For example: don’t think you have to lose…

Shyness and Social Anxiety

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As a psychotherapist, lots of clients ask me if shyness or social anxiety is normal.  It’s a tricky question: aren’t we all a little shy in new situations? Most of us are, but some people are energized by a room full of strangers and find it…

Hard Times; Powerful Lessons

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Most of us don’t learn through happiness; we learn through difficulties, and hard times present us with many opportunities to learn more about ourselves. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of financial blogs, and would like to take the best of what I’ve read and…

Youthfulness and Your Mental Health

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I recently entered what is commonly known as “middle age”. Sure, I have my share of wrinkles and gray hair, but I FEEL youthful and healthy. I’d like to share some of what works for me – and my clients – in hopes it will…