Psychology

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 [...]

2017-08-15T09:52:22+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

10 Ways To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult

"People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:19+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on 10 Ways To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult

Best Psychologist

I have heard that putting on a show is 'the art of stopping people coughing', and I do rather like the idea. ~ Derren Brown At the University of Pennsylvania I was privileged to study sociology with leading sociologists such as Philip Rieff and Elijah Anderson, yet would argue that the most astute sociologists in [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 May 30th, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on Best Psychologist

On Genius

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald It is heartwarming that over 8,200 people LIKE-d Martha Nussbaum's eulogy of Hilary Putnam in the Huffington Post last week. I read his work [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on On Genius

Entrepreneurs Or Slaves?

“Capital is different from money. Money is used simply to purchase goods and services for consumption. Capital is more durable and is used to generate wealth through investment. Examples of capital include automobiles, patents, software and brand names. All of these things are inputs that can be used to create wealth. Besides being used in [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on Entrepreneurs Or Slaves?

How To Crush And Destroy The Mother (or Father) Of Your Children

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house. ~ Rod Stewart Here in sunny California, marriages of 10 years or more are considered marriages of "long duration" and if divorce occurs thereafter the court is NOT allowed to set a definite termination date [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on How To Crush And Destroy The Mother (or Father) Of Your Children

Would You Rather Be Happy and Poor or Unhappy and Wealthy?

Growing up, I'd always assumed that having money would bring happiness and peace of mind. At thirty, I found that I'd achieved my dream of money and success but I was still anxious and frustrated, and despite being married, having two wonderful children, and being surrounded by friends and business colleagues and the luxuries my [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Psychology|Comments Off on Would You Rather Be Happy and Poor or Unhappy and Wealthy?

The Unsparing Genius of Esther Perel

If there is one person currently spearheading the movement towards conscious loving relationships it is Esther Perel. For patients who wish to deconstruct the myth of romantic love I always recommend "Love in the Western World" by Denis de Rougemont and the subsequent "We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love" by Robert A. Johnson, "The [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 July 10th, 2015|Psychology|Comments Off on The Unsparing Genius of Esther Perel

Happiness Is a Choice

"It is not true that money can't buy happiness. It can, that's the good news. The bad news is that it's someone else's happiness." ~ Nick Hornby Spoiler alert: The last line, the summation of my new experiential documentary Mindfulness for Urban Depression is an ebullient "Happiness is a choice!" For those who have seen [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:23+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Psychology|Comments Off on Happiness Is a Choice