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Go to the Mirror

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Mirror work is something I first tried about 30 years’ ago. I went to a workshop in West Hollywood where author/teacher Louise Hay encouraged people to talk to themselves in the mirror. I thought it was pretty weird and resisted it, at first. But today…

How to Be Popular

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There are hundreds of books and videos on how to be popular. In this column, I’d like to talk about some of the personality characteristics I’ve noticed over the years in clients, friends and colleagues who were particularly loved and cherished. If you’re feeling lonely…

Time for a Social Media Vacay?

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First it was my 19-year-old goddaughter. Then my 30-year-old niece. Now it’s my 45-year-old male client. What do these people have in common? They have each decided it’s time for a vacation from social media (or vacay, as my goddaughter calls it). Last week, I…

The Untethered Soul

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Have you ever wondered: How can I become less reactive and impulsive? How can I turn down the noisy voice(s) in my head and experience more peace of mind? Michael A. Singer’s book – “The Untethered Soul” – answers questions like these. In the book,…

How to Handle Disappointment

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What do you do when you are disappointed? How do you handle it? That’s what this column is about. Recently, I experienced a surprising disappointment. I had contacted the Mayor’s office, asking for assistance with a City-related problem and did not receive the help I’d…

Real Change

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Whenever I meet with a new client, I usually hear some version of: how can I make my life better? How can I make real changes that last? How can I be less stressed out? Less lonely? Make more money? I can’t promise answers to…

How to have a second date

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I know that dating may seem to be passé, but whether you call it hanging out, “Netflix and chilling” or dating, it’s pretty much the same thing. I hear over-and-over from my single clients: “How do I get to know a potential partner?” One client…

Are You Attracting or Pushing Away Love?

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Love is more easily experienced than defined. Google said that the question: “What is love?” is one of its most popular searches. I like how philosopher Julian Baggini defines love: “Love is not one thing. Love for parents, partners, children, neighbor, God and so on…

“Youth” and “Spotlight”

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I rarely mention movies on this website, but, recently, I saw two very powerful movies that I heartily recommend:  “Youth” is an amazing, somewhat surreal movie set at a health spa for wealthy people. Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano give wonderful…