Category Archives: handling the unexpected

Your Self-Concept Is Out of Date

For those of you who follow this blog, bless you. I have been quite busy, but have a backlog of topics that I hope to discuss. One really interesting one is a somewhat technical article on the difference between grief, … Continue reading

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When Therapists Dream

Bob Newhart demonstrates a dramatic form of brief therapy: Seriously, folks, sometimes a therapist will give “a directive,” otherwise known as telling a client what to do. But some therapists’ training is to never give a directive of any kind. When … Continue reading

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I Am Not My Symptom

There’s a mantra for you. Whether it’s physical pain, depression, anxiety, or even something as simple as being at the back of a long line, it’s helpful to remember that the person experienced as I is separate and distinct from the contents … Continue reading

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There but for the grace of God go I

Or if you are of the atheist persuasion, “There but for a twist of fate go I.” For my purposes right now, either way works fine. Just a quick meditation on compassion versus pity. When someone is giving or receiving … Continue reading

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I Met the Cossack

In the old days, in the old country, when there was persecution, when there were the pogroms, in a small shtetl there was a rabbi who used to go down to the temple to pray every Friday afternoon. As he … Continue reading

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