Celebrities Open Up About This & That—So What?

There has been a spate of non-news items lately about celebrities publicly opening up about their lives like Tatum O’Neil’s bisexuality(I’m dating women now’) and Art Garfunkel’s grousing about the breakup of his relationship with Paul Simon, some 45...
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What Can Be Counted Doesn’t Always Count

  I had to chuckle to myself when I read  the reported data on infidelity in Richard A. Friedman’s essay, “Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes” in the NY Times Sunday Review, May 24th. Friedman quotes from a survey by Brendan P. Zietsch, a psychologist in...
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Get Off The Couch Pt.3 Doomed from the Start

While it may be unfair to second guess a colleague’s treatment decisions–and it’s always easier to see someone else’s work more clearly than one’s own– I couldn’t help but wonder if Ruth Livingston’s therapy with her patient...
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My British Cousin’s View of Reality

As the summer approaches, I am reminded of a family ‘crisis’, of sorts, that occurred some years ago. My British cousin came for a family visit during the dog days of August; and like many Europeans, he didn’t use deodorant. To our American sensibilities this...
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Borscht Belt Psychology 101

As a Professor of Behavioral Science, I often enjoy saying silly things to my classes.  Interspersed in my lectures, I  occasionally make nonsensical statements partly to see if students are listening, partly to amuse myself and because it’s fun.  For example, during a...
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My Mother’s Request for a Consultation

It will be 11 years ago this Fall since my mother died. So in her memory, I’d like to recount a light- hearted moment we shared.  Toward the end of her life, she became forgetful and fretted that she was losing her mind. This was terrifying to her. One Sunday afternoon, as...
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To Treat or To Teach–That is the Question

  TO TREAT OR TO TEACH—THAT IS THE QUESTION     My research indicates that at many group training institutes across the country, there exists a conflict of interest between the organizations’ need to treat and the need to train. Independent of theoretical...
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The Hoopla at the APA

Appalling as they are, the recent revelations of the APA’s alleged complicity with abuses committed by our government,  are certainly not surprising. The social psychologist, Philip Slater has noted,  the motivation of organizations is similar to the ambivalence o...
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