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Trauma Speaking psychologically, trauma is a word that is often used both too broadly and too narrowly. From the German, trauma literally means wound. Medically, your child’s knee [...]
Freedom! This 4th of July, aside from grilling burgers with friends who brought the best pot luck dishes I ever had, and aside from seeing 5 different fireworks displays up and dow[...]
Avoidance It took forever, but I finally got around to  writing this piece about avoidance (insert rim shot sound effect here). We can all laugh a little (or not) at our universal [...]
Envy I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who didn’t feel envious.  Not you, of course.  You are a very kind, generous, loving person, and you are very content with what you have, [...]
I am much too young, and so, undoubtedly, are you, to actually remember Ted Lewis, the band leader whose catch phrase, Is everybody happy?, spoken in his high-pitched madcap-ecstat[...]
I had a great vacation this summer.  My whole family did.  We relaxed, we had fun, we had a great change of scenery, great activities, great food,  great people to be with.  It was[...]
Back in 1915, Sigmund Freud wrote one of his best known papers, Mourning and Melancholia, in which he introduced an idea that has since become common knowledge:  that if a grave lo[...]
Humans start needing to have some measure of control fairly early in life—possibly from about the time we draw our first breath.  It is ironic, then, that uniquely among all living[...]