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About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor & Licensed Psychotherapist

Desirée Patterson: Making Art, Making A Difference

While attending The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles, I came across Canadian artist Desirée Patterson’s compelling and enlightening work. Ms. Patterson’s primary medium is photography and she is dedicated to creating compositional works that draw attention to humanity’s dance with the natural world in order to raise awareness about the dire importance of [...]

2018-06-15T19:21:45+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Desirée Patterson: Making Art, Making A Difference

Esther Perel is the Jimi Hendrix of Psychology

“Oh, those Greeks! They knew how to live. What is required for that is to stop courageously at the surface, the fold, the skin, to adore appearance, to believe in forms, tones, words, in the whole Olympus of appearance. Those Greeks were superficial – out of profundity. And is not this precisely what we [...]

2018-06-15T19:03:15+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Esther Perel is the Jimi Hendrix of Psychology

How The Internet Engendered The Fall of Consumer-Based Capitalism and the Rebirth of Democracy: A Brief History of the Future

“I ordered the navy to recover the wreck to bury those brothers and sisters of ours who otherwise would have remained at the sea bottom forever,” Mr. Renzi said. “I did it because we Italians know the value of the word ‘civilization.’” New York Times: Italian Navy Recovers Ship Containing at Least 300 Migrants’ [...]

2018-02-21T18:48:10+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on How The Internet Engendered The Fall of Consumer-Based Capitalism and the Rebirth of Democracy: A Brief History of the Future

Does America End With A Bang Or A Whimper?

“The end of apartheid should have been a fucking bloodbath by any metric in human history and it wasn’t. The only reason it wasn’t was because Desmond Tutu and Mandela and all these guys figured out that if a system is corrupt then the people who adhere to the system and are incentivized by [...]

2018-01-04T16:58:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Does America End With A Bang Or A Whimper?

Are You a Love Addict?

(Excerpted from the book How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening)How do most romantic couples find and show love and affection, as portrayed in film, television programs, literature (romance novels in particular) and music? Most find love by overcoming what seem to be insurmountable obstacles—he’s rich [...]

2017-12-11T08:47:45+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Are You a Love Addict?

Chelsea Handler Syndrome

(Excerpted from the book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening) Human beings enjoy testing boundaries. Think of all the classic comedies you love: many of the jokes revolve around people gently testing the norms of propriety and then being slapped on the wrist and [...]

2017-12-07T17:57:46+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Chelsea Handler Syndrome

How to Find the Best Therapist for You

When looking for someone to help you overcome whatever is holding you back from leading a productive life full of positive, loving relationships, it is beneficial to understand the differences between Psychiatrists (M.D.s), Psychologists (Ph.D.s &, Psy.D.s), and Licensed Psychotherapists (LCSWs, LMFTs, & LPCCs). Psychiatrists are the only therapists who can prescribe medication (the military, [...]

2017-12-03T07:09:05+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on How to Find the Best Therapist for You

Why All Children Should Say That Their Parents Did The Best They Could and All Parents Should Tell Their Children That They Could Have Done Better

What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was [...]

2017-08-24T07:09:29+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Why All Children Should Say That Their Parents Did The Best They Could and All Parents Should Tell Their Children That They Could Have Done Better

UCLA Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing: Transformation through the Lifespan Conference: Review

The models that we have established in modern society are killing us. ~ Deepak Chopra Over 800 people gathered at UCLA last weekend for the truly amazing and groundbreaking “Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing” conference, which Deepak Chopra summed up by stating “We do not know HOW wisdom-practices (meditation, yoga, mindfulness) affect [...]

2017-04-29T18:20:15+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on UCLA Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing: Transformation through the Lifespan Conference: Review

“YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga – from Asana to Yama” by Richard Rosen: Book Review

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” ~ Rumi Richard Rosen’s “YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga - from Asana to Yama” is a portal. Through Rosen’s modern lens we traverse the history and evolution of yoga from its ancient spiritual practice to its contemporary incarnation [...]

2017-04-29T17:54:18+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, Yoga|Comments Off on “YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga – from Asana to Yama” by Richard Rosen: Book Review