Understanding a Narcissist Personality

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These days, narcissism may truly be on the rise as a result of our culture’s obsession with social media, youth and physical appearance. Many of us are familiar with the story of Narcissus, the Greek myth about a man who falls hopelessly in love with his own reflection in a pond. The myth has a variety of endings. A […]

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4 Keys to Marital and Relationship Happiness

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Let’s be honest, relationships are hard work. They demand a lot from us and the quality of our relationships greatly predicts our degree of happiness in life. So working on cultivating and sustaining healthy relationships is very important for us to do. However, the majority of relationships do not last. Current divorce statistics report 45-50% […]

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Mailbag: Am I Suffering from Depression?

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Hi, Doctor, I’ve always had high-power jobs. Most people regard me as fearless but, in fact, I’ve always been anxious to a point of terror. I have absolutely nothing to worry about: sound physical health, as much money as I’ll ever need, a 55-year marriage, two wonderful and successful children and three cherished grandchildren. My […]

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How To Manage Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder is not just a childhood disorder. Adults with ADD/ADHD often have lives that are disorganized, chaotic, and out of control. Adults with ADD/ADHD bounce from one activity to another, experience difficulty staying focused and attending to necessary and daily mundane tasks. They have trouble keeping appointments, are forgetful, impulsive, and reactive in their behaviors […]

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Career vs. Family: A Working Mother’s Lifelong Wrestling Match

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Sigmund Freud said that the goal of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is to help the patient develop the ability to love and to work. Several studies have shown that satisfaction in one domain is associated with satisfaction in the other domain. However, this task may be more difficult for working mothers to achieve, especially for mothers […]

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The Positive Side of Envy

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We all know how badly it feels when we are envious of someone else. There are times when we want what someone else has or feel unhappy about the success of another. Sometimes these feelings are misinterpreted as feelings of hostility, anger or shame. To be clear, there are other triggers rather than just material […]

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How To Understand and Manage Anxiety

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In my practice I see many people seeking treatment for anxiety-related issues. Our first few sessions are centered a round examining symptoms and contributing causes. Some report their anxiety stems from excessive and exaggerated worry about everyday life events such as health, career, family, and financial matters. Others say their anxiety is caused by believing […]

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How Feeling Bad Can Be Good For You

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It’s only natural to want to avoid feeling negative emotions such as anger, depression, guilt, remorse or fear. As soon we become conscious of these feelings we immediately seek ways to extinguish them. Feeling unpleasant emotions is extremely uncomfortable and very difficult to tolerate. It is understandable that we would want to avoid them. But, in […]

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Reader: Am I Having Unhealthy Guilt?

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Dear Dr. Durlofsky, I read your blog entry about the differences between healthy and unhealthy guilt today, and I would like to ask your opinion on something. I am a middle-aged married man. I recently confessed to my wife of 12 years my habit of visiting Internet cyber chat rooms and pornography sites. I also […]

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When Having It All Is Not Enough

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We can all relate to experiencing anxiety stemming from the fear that what we have is not enough. We ask ourselves, “Do I have enough money, friends, education, a big enough house?” For some, this feeling is a reality. True, there are many who struggle to support themselves on a daily basis. But for others, […]

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