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Advice on love and sanity for the 21st century

Broken Boys: With Child Abuse, the Boy is Father to the Man

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At this point I know what I’m looking at from the moment they walk into my office. Up the stairs they come, grim faced, vigilant. They sit down and scan the room. Their jaws are tight. They try to relax but they can’t. They’re depressed and they can’t enjoy life. Everything stresses them out. They […] [Read More]
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One Wife, Three Husbands: A Tradition Fades Away

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It’s always great to be reminded now and then that the way we assume life ought to be, is just that — an assumption. Such an interesting — though typically not as interesting as it should be — article in the New York Times today about the practice of polyandry in the Himalayan regions of […] [Read More]
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How to Say Goodbye: Why we don’t know how to do it?

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Perhaps we don’t need to blow up the universe every time we need to acknowledge that things aren’t working out. [Read More]
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Addictions? Don’t be Discouraged

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The new Psychology Today has an excellent and encouraging article on addictions and the typical roads we take as we  try to master them. Called “The New Quitters” what it basically argues, in relation to a number of different interviews, is that the relapse — generally considered to be a tragedy — should in fact […] [Read More]
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