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Valentine’s Day – A day to break the mold?

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  There are innumerable forces that can influence our actions…and our inaction. A recent CBS news video referenced how Japanese men (and women) have historically been discouraged by unseen cultural forces from publically expressing love.   We are told that most of the men in the video segment were uncomfortable even saying the L-word on Valentine’s Day. But each of... View Article

I’ll never do THAT again

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  Sometimes it makes sense to learn from our mistakes… maybe all the time. But sometimes bad things happen… and they aren’t mistakes, just bad outcomes. Anytime we take some measure of risk, however modest, and mix it with a quantity of real life, we may encounter bad outcomes. I loan my car to someone—he might not smash it up,... View Article

Social Anxiety and the Wizard of Oz

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  I really like old classic movies, but the Wizard of Oz has always troubled me. You know, flying monkeys and what not. And who wants to be surrounded by all those people telling you in song which road to take? But the part that really irks me comes at the end. Dorothy is stuck in Oz, maybe forever, when... View Article

2 for the price of 1

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I’m a bargain shopper. I like thrift stores and garage sales. I like getting stuff on sale, even 2 for the price of 1—or better yet, 3 for the price of 1. But when bad things come, I don’t want them to come in batches.   Coming in 1’s is bad enough. But often bad things often DO show up... View Article

Do Therapy

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I‘ve spent much of the last 14 years of my career providing talk therapy in my office for problems like anxiety and depression. Or at least that’s the term that has been informally used for everything from the active Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I have been providing to the complex Freudian lie-down-on-couch-and-tell-me-about-your-dreams therapy still offered a few places. I never... View Article

Going With What Works

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I’ve begun this blog for people who are tired of excess anxiety in all its forms and depression in all its forms. I’m also writing for the friends and family members of dear sufferers… those who have watched and felt helpless.  I’m writing this because I want you to find hope in places you had not thought to look.  ... View Article