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You’re lucky to feel sad, mad, scared

A couple of weeks ago I saw a YouTube clip of comedian Louis C.K. describing how ‘lucky you are when you let sadness hit you like a truck.’ To my surprise, he goes on to describe and promote what I’ve … Continue reading

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Are you Troubled by Envy of Friends or Loved Ones?

Measuring yourself against others is typical (and sometimes advantageous) behavior for humans. You secretly (or not so secretly) exult when you’re better, crumple when you’re worse and breathe a sigh of relief when there’s nobody around to compare to.  Although … Continue reading

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Hurt Feelings Are Important In Relationships

Almost everybody knows sharing positive feelings is good for relationships. And unless you live under a rock, the Valentine’s Day marketing mania will make certain you get this. What’s not as widely known, though, is just how important sharing hurt … Continue reading

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Are You Missing Out On Grace?

Many of us walk around thinking we have to earn any and all rewards. If we receive some benefit as the result of working hard, we can accept that. But if another person surprises us with a gift and we … Continue reading

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The true cost of using medication as the default treatment for anxiety and depression

Years ago I had a client, Liz, who came to me with an anxiety disorder triggered by fear about moving in with a new love. Liz was considering medication but knew I often helped people manage such things without meds. … Continue reading

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Are you Open to the Power of Synchronicity in your Life?

Are you open to the power of synchronicity in your life… the possibility that there is a deeper order operating in the universe, in your universe? I had an experience this past summer that blew my mind and restored my … Continue reading

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Scientific Research and Emotional Medicine agree – memory doesn’t have to be painful

If you would like to get rid of painful memories, help is on the way.   Scientists are now experimenting with removing memories from your brain. This is not an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenplay fantasy, but actual fact.  … Continue reading

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One Way To Strengthen Willpower

As a therapist I’ve given lots of thought about what it takes to strengthen willpower. Of course, I’ve been interested in this question personally since I’ve struggled with plenty of self depleting behaviors myself (won some and lost some.) While … Continue reading

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December 10th 2011 Newsletter

The other day, I finally understood why the party for my book, Emotional Medicine Rx happens to be occurring in December, the darkest month of the year.  (Reminder it’s tomorrow, Sunday December 11th, 3—5PM at eda-mami Restaurant in Del Mar.) … Continue reading

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