“Are You Getting The Reaction You’re Looking For?

Chapter 49: “Are You Getting The Reaction That You’re Looking For?” Many years ago, I looked around the group room while members listened in stunned silence as Tasos animatedly told the group of his weekend of debauchery. The group looked at him in shock.  Tasos, a handsome,...
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“Friends, Romans & Countrymen” Political Discussions In Group

Chapter 194 “Friends, Romans and Countrymen”—Political Discussions In Group In the wake of the contentious presidential election of 2016, my therapy groups have been galvanized, and at times, have become polarized, as members vent their feelings about the results.  While members...
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Table of Contents: 99 Unconventional Interventions

I’d like your opinion. Do these chapter titles and brief descriptions draw your interest? Table of Contents:“ 99 Unconventional Interventions In Group Psychotherapy” Part I: Unconventional Techniques For Non –Treatment Destructive Resistance   1. Chapter 1: Clothes...
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Don’t Be An Aggressive Force In A Frightened Woman’s Life

Interventions are in bold print. Chapter 4: Don’t Be An Aggressive Force In A Frightened Woman’s Life Some group members are in individual treatment with me, some are not.   For those seen only in group, I always make sure to have some verbal contact with them each session,...
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I’d Like Your Opinion

I’d like the opinion of my blog readers. A prospective publisher has recommended that the chapters in my new book be written  in the format of a power point: Intervention, Example, Contraindictions. I think people prefer reading a story with the interventions written as an...
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The Post Dated Check

A group member approached me after group and handed me his check. He told me that it was post-dated and asked me not to cash it until it was good.  I said:”Ok”.  After he left, I looked at the post date — The date was 20,016. Did you believe in Freudian slips? ...
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Clothes Make The Man

Here’s Another Chapter From My Book: ’99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy’ One of my group rules is the dress code. I consider group therapy to be work and I expect members to dress accordingly. Back in the day, that meant jacket and tie for...
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When In Doubt –Don’t

Here’s another chapter from my new book: ’99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy’ When In Doubt—Don’t Drew struggled with weight related issues all his adult life.   Approaching middle-age, he was morbidly obese but unable to stick with to a...
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Chapter: Cell Phones In Group–Weapons of Mass Distraction

The intrusion of cell phones in social interactions has reached epidemic proportions in our society.  Professor Marty Kaplan has labelled the phenomenon: ’WMD-Weapons of Mass Distraction’.  The other night, for example, while out to dinner, we saw a family of four seated around a...
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Group Can Help With That

Here’s another Chapter from my new book.  Let me know what you think of it. Chapter 24 : Group Can Help With That When a prospective new patient presents relationship problems at the screening interview, I say: “Group can help with that”.   This statement is more than a...
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My Response To NY Times 7/24/16 “Marrying Melanias, Raising Ivankas”

While thought provoking, Jill Filipovic’s thesis about Trump’s family values, that men– ‘want their wives at home while they celebrate the professional successes of their daughters”- leaves out one person,–Tiffany.  There is no word of her in...
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Preface: 99 Unconventional Interventions In Group Psychotherapy

The following is the Preface to my next book.  The blog entry of July 15th called: “The Body Poet” is a sample chapter. If the concept of this book intrigues you, please let me know. Preface: 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy             9...
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The Body Poet in Group

Emotions like energy, can neither be created nor destroyed.  The theory goes that if the feelings are not put into words, they are transformed either in action or physical symptoms. Here’s an example of the later. A group member, Martin, often complained of stomach aches....
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Meet Me Outside The Shul

THE MAN’S SECTION I’m more of an ethnic Jew than a religious one. As a ‘buffet Jew’, I pick and choose which customs and ceremonies to observe. During the High Holy Days, I like to attend Yizkor, the memorial service, for my parents and other deceased...
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“All’s Well That Ends Well” Or, A Dog Drama That Turned Out Okay

  The other morning, as my dog, “Molly”,  and   I were nearing the end of our daily constitutional through Riverside Park, I heard a guy calling for his dog.  “Max”!   “Max”! was his plaintiff cry. I couldn’t see the owner but...
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Have You Ever Kissed Me?

While pushing my granddaughter on a swing in her backyard, singing songs and telling  each other silly jokes, seemingly from out of nowhere, she asked:” Have you ever kissed me?”  What a smart girl, I thought. The truth was that I hadn’t.  When she was very...
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She Thought I Had Lost My Mind

Early the other weekday morning my fiancée, Lois, opened the refrigerator and saw my wallet sitting there. As I as getting dressed for work, she approached me with a sad, scared look on her face. “Are you okay, honey?” she asked.  I said:” Yeah, why are you...
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Despite Substantial Gains,The Double Standard Persists In Corporate America

During a discussion in my Sociology class at NYIT, the subject turned to the concept of the ‘glass ceiling’.  I told the story of a woman I knew who had been promoted to the Board of Directors of a large corporation. As a Board Member, she was entitled to attend board...
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A Mixed Message From Beyond The Grave

From 1986 until his death in 2008, I was a student of the world-renowned, brilliant, charismatic, authoritarian group psychotherapist, Dr. Louis R. Ormont; but in addition to his genius, Ormont was also an ethical mess.  Ormont had fluid ego boundaries; he treated and trained the...
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She Loved Her Son To Death

I couldn’t believe my eyes. While riding the subway home one night, I turned to the obituary page and saw the picture of a familiar  sad, half-smiling face of a young man that I once knew. At first, it didn’t click. I knew the face but for a split second...
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