What Do Men Want?  Why Not Just Ask Them?
Mar06

What Do Men Want? Why Not Just Ask Them?

by Earl Hipp What a wonderfully simple idea! Why don’t we just ask men what they want? That is what a couple of good men decided to do using the Twitter platform. From that powerful intention, an unusual and global chain of events has transpired to allow this very masculine seedpod of feelings, hungers, and dreams to be opened into the world. As the story goes, UK based Tony Martin had the very creative idea of starting a “male...

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Laughter is the Best Medicine
Feb15

Laughter is the Best Medicine

    Want to connect with someone? Make ‘em laugh. Want to build relationship fast? Make ‘em laugh. Want to get someone to follow your lead? Make ‘em laugh. Laughter works at a deeper level than words.  It connects people at the emotional level. My friend Bruce was recently driving a van from New England […]

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Concreteness Training: a Self Help Approach to Depression
Feb02

Concreteness Training: a Self Help Approach to Depression

by Ravenspen Depression is one of the greatest of human tragedies. Often dismissed, trivialized and misunderstood, a cloud of pain in the mind of someone in the grip of depression is no less overwhelming than an acute physical discomfort is to an injured individual. Depression has wreaked whole lives, making its victims unhappy, unproductive, miserable and even suicidal. It has profound negative effects on the friends and family of...

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Reality presented as Story
Jan24

Reality presented as Story

by Ravenspen The human mind, is, above all else, a storytelling mechanism. Because of this, many people retreat into story when the world of objective facts overwhelms them. They want to perceive reality in a way that makes sense to them. Rather than insisting on dividing story from fact, one novel concept is to use story to present facts, providing real information in a comforting context. This approach has been used by Dr. Zachary...

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Eric Erickson: The Life Cycle
Jan24

Eric Erickson: The Life Cycle

Ken Gilbert talks about Elderhood. Erik Erikson – Developmental Psychoanalyst Stage 8. Late adulthood (from 60 years) Psychosocial Crisis: Ego Integrity vs. Despair Ego Quality: Wisdom Main Question: “What kind of life have I lived?” As we move toward the end of our lives, if we can look back on good times with gladness, on hard times with self-respect, and on mistakes and regrets with forgiveness then we will find a...

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Weight Release Begins with Seeing Our Reflection Clearly
Jan03

Weight Release Begins with Seeing Our Reflection Clearly

by Freeman Michaels What do you see when you look in the mirror? In mid-2007, when I was 275 pounds, I looked in the mirror and what I saw shocked and disgusted me – in a little more than ten years I had gained 100 pounds. I wanted the extra weight that I was carrying gone as quickly as possible. I was filled with shame and anger at what I had become. I understood that I had abandoned myself on many levels, and the imbalances of my...

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