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Life On the Couch

Brass Balls

Let’s talk about balls, the brass kind. The kind of balls it takes to take your personal issue and make it about them, taking offense to you’re chosen methods or judging your process. Someone I know recently described that experience with a brilliant summary, “It takes some brass balls to do that.” Yes, yes it […]

November, 2017 | 0 Comments

9th Circle of Hell

The Northern California fires of 2017 have been a personal experience with the 9th circle of hell for those involved.  We in California are no stranger to the danger of fires, and being more common than earthquakes – our other famous natural disaster – we are accustomed to dealing with them.  Not this time. This […]

October, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dissociative Helping

Have you ever entrusted a personal issue to a friend or family member and found their response more upsetting then helpful? You’re not alone. It happens with regularity actually. I call it dissociative helping.   Disassociation refers to a psychological phenomena concerning detachment from the emotional and sometimes physical experiences – a kind of out […]

September, 2017 | 0 Comments

When Is Enough, Enough?

Setting limits is hard.  It involves a sense of rejection and staking a stand that you deserve better.  That requires some selfishness people are increasingly uncomfortable with.  Our society sends conflicting messages that confuse this issue: traditionally we are to be always respectful, considerate of others but social media and conventional wisdom advises learning more […]

March, 2014 | 0 Comments

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