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, founder of the Center for Internet Addiction. As saying the number of kids affected by such an addiction might (modestly) be estimated at “… 5…

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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 at Cornell University.  “We are having this conversation with each other going over the millennia.”   The quotation above is from a recent article in…

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Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017

Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017 The following statement from Secretary Albright was emailed to me by the group Organizing for Action.  In addition, Secretary Albright was on the PBS News Hour last Monday night expressing similar thoughts “By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the executive order on immigration and refugees that the President signed on Friday. It bans Syrian refugees from entering our country, suspends the entire…

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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 devoted student.  Our teacher, however, stated often that girls just couldn’t learn math very well, so he walked around the class during exams whispering hints…

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Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought

Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought – and for clarification of the position I take as the founder of and impetus behind Illuminated Education.  For most of my career as a psychologist I have described my theoretical rooting as eclectic, drawing from numerous theoretical constructs when considering each case or situation.  I find now, that, although I still value and use all of the theoretical views that have informed my work…

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Hold Me Tight: A Relationship Enhancement Program – Lake Arrowhead – October, 14-16, 2016

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Dates: October 14-16, 2016 This Relationship Enhancement Program is based on the book Hold Me Tight, by Sue Johnson, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is the only model of couple intervention that uses a systematic, empirically validated theory of adult bonding as the basis for understanding and alleviating relationship problems. In this program, participants will learn about the science of adult…

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