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Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 15-17, 2019 and February 7-9, 2020
 

Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 15-17, 2019 and February 7-9, 2020

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Blum are offering this educational and experiential workshop which teaches you the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), heralded as one of the most effective couples therapies by the New York times and endorsed by the...
Sex, Desire, Intimacy and Connection:  Your Whole Relationship: – March 20 – 22, 2020
 

Sex, Desire, Intimacy and Connection: Your Whole Relationship: – March 20 – 22, 2020

This workshop builds on previous knowledge gained either from a Hold Me Tight ® workshop, or from significant experience with EFT-focused couples therapy. Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD In Hold Me Tight® or EFT Therapy, you learned and practiced nurturing a deeper and more secure emotional connection....
On-Line Courses – Home-study Options
 

On-Line Courses – Home-study Options

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Addictive internet games
 

Addictive internet games

The Washington Post online had an interesting piece today about teens addicted to onliine games and the havoc such an addiction or obsession can cause in a person’s life. There is, of course, a lot of research and concern about this issue.  The author, Caitlin Gibson, quotes psychologist Kimberly Young,...
Emotions are Like Dogs
 

Emotions are Like Dogs

Emotions are Like Dogs: On the Difference Between Emotional Regulation and Stuffing It When I think about emotions and emotional regulation, I often think about a dog who was my friend.  Her name was Tasha and she was half Siberian Husky and half German Shepherd.  She and I shared a...
Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times
 

Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times

There is an old adage that if you put a live frog in a pot of water and heated it gradually, that frog would just sit in the water and not jump away (even though it could) until the water boils and it is thoroughly cooked.  It may or may...
My Brain Made Me Do It? And Other Questions About Neuroscience
 

My Brain Made Me Do It? And Other Questions About Neuroscience

REVIEW:   Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld,  NY: Basic Books, 2013. This book is short (156 pages of text) and easy to read while being well researched and documented (61 pages of interesting, helpful notes and citations – in a point size...
Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities
 

Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities

There is news from Capitol Hill which underscores the notion that there is more to fear in Washington, DC than just the  the White House.  According to an article in the NY Times on Wednesday (February 15th) Congress has acted to reverse and Obama administration rule requiring the Social Security...
Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease
 

Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease (2010) by Gary Greenberg. Published by Simon and Schuster. This book presents a combination of research and Dr. Greenberg’s personal experience with depression.  He takes a position critical of today’s prevailing view that depression is a brain disorder caused by a...
Review: The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.
 

Review: The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.

The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.  Shigehisa Kuriyama.  NY: Zone Books, 2002. (Winner of the 2001 Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine) First of all this is a beautiful book.  One does not often say that about academic...
On Playing Well with Others
 

On Playing Well with Others

  Ask mathematicians about their experience of the craft, and most will talk about an intense feeling of intellectual camaraderie. “A very central part of any mathematician’s life is this sense of connection to other minds, alive today and going back to Pythagoras,” said Steven Strogatz, a professor of mathematics...
Autism, Vaccines and the Trump Administration
 

Autism, Vaccines and the Trump Administration

“So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really – it’s such an incredible – it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase…”  (February 14, 2017, reported in the Washington Post) “When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a...
Review: Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
 

Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Author:  Jane Mayer NY:  Doubleday,  2016   This is a detailed, well-researched look into the monetary forces driving the far right, including movements like the Tea Party (and far, far more). The subjects of the...
Hyperbolic Geometry (or How I Became a Postmodernist)
 

Hyperbolic Geometry (or How I Became a Postmodernist)

This story begins with an almost unbearable 10th grade Geometry class— unbearable because of the attitude of the teacher.  He shall remain nameless, but if he reads this (unlikely to say the least), I’m hoping he will recognize his part.  It was 1963 and I was a good and reasonably...
My Thanks to Dobby the House-Elf
 

My Thanks to Dobby the House-Elf

My Thanks to Dobby the House-Elf These days the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is what’s hot— and with good reason.  Tolkien’s world is richly drawn and philosophically based.  I haven’t heard anyone mention Harry Potter in months.  But, no matter how overshadowed the Harry Potter books are by the...
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