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Dec 262014
 

  The Huffington Post recently printed an exceptional article about a new book called The Narcissist Next Door, and gave the major ways the author advised in how to deal with these individuals. Narcissists are the kudzu of the human condition — a rapidly proliferating species that shows up anywhere, thrives everywhere and resists all […]

Dec 162014
 
Holiday battles

    Though some people consider Christmas to be a religious holiday and others only consider it an occasion to “play Santa Claus,” it seems that in many families the holidays  and special events are anything but “joyous.” Whether it is two sets of in-laws each demanding that the kids be brought to their house […]

Dec 122014
 
Developmental tasks

    Having reached “old age” and recently turned 68, in addition to everything else that goes with advancing age I am involved in what Erikson called “ego-integrity.” There are well recognized “age related development tasks” that change as we mature, and then age. Of course an infant’s assigned developmental task include learning to walk […]

Dec 082014
 
THE MENTORS IN OUR LIVES

    Throughout my life I have had mentors at various times. Sometimes they have been life long mentors, other times they have been in my life for only a short time, but they have left something permanent in my life that has helped me become who I am today. At the time they were […]

Dec 022014
 
Trying to help those who won't help themselves

    Throughout my lifetime, I’ve frequently felt compelled to “help” people, regardless of what type of help they might have needed. Given my dysfunctional and abusive childhood, that compulsion to “fix” or “help” became a personal pathology. I truly believed that I could “help” others reach their true potential, because the responsibility to “fix” […]

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