Personal Empowerment

Developing True Free Will

After 25 years practicing psychiatry, almost as many testifying in criminal trials and about a year now working as a spiritual counselor and life coach, I feel I have a lot of data about how free will really works. Here’s the headline: True free willisn’t nearly as common as most people think.  If you want to […]

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Posted: December 10, 2019 in: Depression, Personal Empowerment

EXPLAINING EMOTIONAL PAIN IS NOT COMPLAINING

Do you think it means you’re weak if you share your pain?  You’re not alone.  Some of my counseling and coaching clients are stoic types who are very hesitant to connect the painful, early chapters of their life stories with the difficulties they are encountering in the present.  They don’t want anyone to think they’re […]

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Posted: November 22, 2019 in: Depression, Personal Empowerment

IN THE INTERNET AGE, GRYPHON EDITIONS IS ONE PUBLISHER THAT STILL LUXURIATES IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS

I recently was fortunate to have my book To Wrestle with Demons:  A Psychiatrist Struggles to Understand His Patients and Himself published in a leather-bound collector’s edition by Gryphon Editions’ Classics of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Library. Holding the book in my hands made me think a little bit about the moment at which we […]

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Posted: October 21, 2019 in: Personal Empowerment, Shared

DR. KEITH ABLOW AND COMMANDER KIRK LIPPOLD USN (Ret.) LAUNCH EFFORT TO CURB VETERAN SUICIDES

Boston, MA For Immediate Release According to a recent Veteran’s Department study, more than 20 veterans and active duty personnel commit suicide each day.  A prior VA study put that number closer to 22. The toll of military service could not be starker than the way it manifests in those men and women who come […]

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Posted: October 15, 2019 in: Depression, Faith, Health, Natural Remedies, Personal Empowerment

ONE QUESTION THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

There are lots of people out there who need a bit of encouragement.  And, sometimes, just one thought can turn the tide in favor of fighting a little harder or having a bit more hope.  So I’m going to let you in on one question I share with clients of mine who seem ready to […]

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Posted: September 25, 2019 in: Faith, Personal Empowerment

Moses: Personal Empowerment Personified

In the Book of Exodus, Moses encounters a burning bush that was engulfed in flames and, yet, not consumed by them.  It is here that God anoints Moses to go to the Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of slavery, to the Promised Land. You may not have applied the story to your own life, […]

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Posted: August 21, 2019 in: Personal Empowerment

Starting a New Chapter of Your Life Story

Getting a start-up off the ground is something I know about. I launched a medical company and a charity fundraising company, amongst others. And I’ve noticed that the process has a lot in common with launching the next phase of your life. I think “starting up” is a three step process. • Coming up with […]

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Posted: July 18, 2019 in: Personal Empowerment

Human Beings as Works of Art

In my view, being human means having the capacity to experience and to give love (often, through a miracle called human empathy) and to reason and make choices. It also means having the opportunity to embrace the truth about oneself, including one’s life story, back to its early chapters, in order to make sense of […]

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Posted: July 12, 2019 in: Faith, Personal Empowerment