C’mon Jerry Seinfeld-“We Are The World”-All Of Us

“I read the news today, oh boy”.  According to the NY Post, January 19, 2016, Jerry Seinfeld is auctioning off some of his garage of fancy cars for millions of dollars.  He is quoted as saying:” it’s time to send some of them back into the world, for...
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Group Psychotherapy– Still The Step-Child of Individual Treatment

In a recent article by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian entitled, “Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud”, the author cites current research supporting the effectiveness of long-term psychotherapy, over the darling of quick-fix gurus and insurance companies, Cognitive...
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“Today’s Feast Cannot Compensate For Yesterday’s Famine”

Some group members have been so damaged by childhood emotional neglect that no amount of TLC in the present can undo the past.  It’s like water through a sieve; nothing accrues. Although Henry is not Catholic, he claims that his life’s mantra is mea culpa. He reports...
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What Are You Going To Do In The Meantime?

When group members get lost in ‘futurizing’ about how much better their lives will be at some distant time and place, I first will  ask them:” And what are you going to do in the meantime?” The point is that we all are of two minds about almos...
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Einstein’s Biggest Blunder Wasn’t Brilliant–It Wasn’t Even In Science

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about Mario Livio’s brief depiction of Freud in his book, “Brilliant Blunders”. While Livio devoted considerably more time and space (play on words intended) on Einstein’s scientific blunders, for me, his most significant...
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Freud’s Brilliant Blunder

Mario Livio, in his book “Brilliant Blunders”, addresses the subject of how the mistakes that genius scientists make actually advance scientific knowledge.  He goes so far as to say that science cannot progress without  these brilliant blunders. Unfortunately, Livio...
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Gonna Mess You Up With My Love

When I opened the door to my office and stepped into the waiting room, I was immediately struck by the beauty of the young woman seated there. She had long blond hair, translucent skin and blue eyes, as if Marilyn Monroe herself had somehow come back to life and was now here to...
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Shine “Spotlight” On “Gaslight”

After watching the terrific new film, “Spotlight”, it occurred to me that there are similarities between this movie’s theme and that of the classic 1940’s movie “Gaslight” (where the husband attempts to drive his wife mad by invalidating her...
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Anyone Who Wants To Be President–Shouldn’t Be Allowed To

President Obama seems to think most world leaders are ‘out of their minds’. I agree but disagree with his assessment of how this comes about.  Apparently, he believes that the job itself makes a man (most world leaders are men) crazy. I think the process starts before...
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We Don’t Live In A Perfect World

Early this brisk morning on  New Year’s Day,  while I walked past the Church on my corner, I saw a  homeless guy sitting on the steps.  We made eye-contact and he asked me, in a foreign accent, if I lived around here.  I was startled and initially put off by the question...
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