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Advice on love and sanity for the 21st century

Are you Experienced: A Guardian series of personal revelations is worth visiting

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The Guardian is an extraordinary newspaper, and has really used the freedom of the internet to explore new ways of telling stories. I refer you to a series they call Experiences, which —  as you’d expect — are people simply telling their stories. In one recent post, a man who spent 29 years in solitary […] [Read More]
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Pre-School Depression: Studies now show that Depression starts early

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A very sad but also important article appeared in the New York Times this weekend on depression in pre-schoolers. It is certainly worth reading, particularly if you have a young child who doesn’t appear to be enjoying their life. As is stated in the article, there aren’t many people that I see in my practice […] [Read More]
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Her Lie: False Memory Syndrome and Abuse

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We all want their to be a big, flaming explanation for our suffering. Often, however, it is our own longing and disappointment — life as it is — that is troublesome enough. [Read More]
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Scaling Down: Having Less May Be the Road to Happiness

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What a great story in the New York Times on Sunday. Entitled “But Will it Make You Happy,” it talked about a young couple in their early 30′s who — given the frustrations of their jobs and not being able to make the money go very far — decided to get rid of most of […] [Read More]
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My Life in Therapy: Daphne Merkin’s Odyssey

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Daphne Merkin is hilarious. She’s also a very good writer and in the recent New York Times Magazine, tells a fascinating story about her life in therapy. I’m not sure that is a story that will encourage anyone, but it is always amusing to review all the therapists that one has encountered — the hippy […] [Read More]
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Addicted To Love?

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A reader asked me this question over the phone, so I’m paraphrasing: “I’ve been seeing a guy on and off for about six years. I know he sees other women, he even tells me about them. Now, he’s got a girlfriend, but we text each other every day. He tells me in his texts that […] [Read More]
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