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About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor, Licensed Psychotherapist, Author, Esalen & Kripalu Workshop Facilitator

Derren Brown’s “Secret:” Review

“There may even be puritanical fanatics of conscience, who prefer to put their last trust in a sure nothing, rather than in an uncertain something.” ~ Nietzsche It has been seven full days since I exited Derren Brown’s “Secret” at the Cort Theatre on Broadway and I am ashamed to admit that at least [...]

2019-11-27T19:50:22-08:00November 27th, 2019|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Derren Brown’s “Secret:” Review

Malcolm Gladwell’s “Talking to Strangers” Is Simultaneously Riveting and Wrong

Reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “Talking to Strangers” would be akin to reading Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.” Neither were intended to be read; they were written to be performed. And Malcolm Gladwell is nothing save the consummate raconteur.“Talking to Strangers” — the audiobook — is like an 8 1/2 hour passionately narrated documentary film made for blind [...]

2019-10-24T20:31:50-07:00October 24th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Malcolm Gladwell’s “Talking to Strangers” Is Simultaneously Riveting and Wrong

“Succession”… or… Lifestyles of the Rich and Sexually Deviant

There’s no such thing as a sexual relationship. ~ Jacques Lacan On Season 1 of “Succession” viewers witnessed… the sado-masochistic whip-mark welts on Logan Roy’s back Roman masturbate into a glass window overlooking the city Connor convert his prostitute into a girlfriend Shiv cheat on her husband Tom attend a drug-fueled, sex-positive bachelor party/rave [...]

2019-09-12T18:07:57-07:00September 10th, 2019|Film Reviews|Comments Off on “Succession”… or… Lifestyles of the Rich and Sexually Deviant

Why You Think The Shit That You Think: A Book Outline

Each person has an individual epistemological paradigm that constitutes what s/he considers to be “normal.” According to much of Western psychology, these paradigms exist in our unconscious minds. Phenomena outside of these paradigms are often viewed as strange, frightening or absurd when they impinge on our conscious minds. However, I believe that effective literature, [...]

2019-09-18T07:19:30-07:00September 7th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on Why You Think The Shit That You Think: A Book Outline

Why Isn’t There Already An Algorithm to Predict School Shooters?

Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse was brutally murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, forwarded me this article last week entitled “Op-Ed: We have studied every mass shooting since 1966. Here’s what we’ve learned about the shooters” On their website called The Violence Project, Doctors Jillian Peterson and James Densley aggregated a list of factors [...]

2019-08-15T07:25:54-07:00August 15th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on Why Isn’t There Already An Algorithm to Predict School Shooters?

“Conceiving with Love” by Denise Wiesner: Book Review

Denise Wiesner’s new book “Conceiving with Love” will change the way you think about sex. It is a whole-body approach to creating intimacy, reigniting passion, and increasing fertility. Although this book was specifically written for couples who have been trying to conceive through natural means and using Western reproductive technologies like In Vitro Fertilization [...]

2019-07-05T08:05:53-07:00July 5th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Conceiving with Love” by Denise Wiesner: Book Review

“Open Wide” by Melissa Ambrosini: Book Review

Let go of your expectations and Open Wide to the possibility of thing unfolding in other — maybe more magical — ways! Stay Open Wide! ~ Melissa Ambrosini Melissa Ambrosini is the most passionate writer I have ever read. Her book, “Open Wide,” is both delicious and practical. It picks up where Mrs. Ambrosini’s first book, the bestselling [...]

2019-06-25T08:36:58-07:00June 25th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Open Wide” by Melissa Ambrosini: Book Review

Woke and Broke: Why Every Millennial and Gen Z-er Needs to Read “Kids These Days”

“…owners always think of workers as just another cost to be reduced.” ~ Malcolm Harris Of late, my psychotherapy practice has been flooded with millennials in various stages of crisis asking how they got into this situation and why they feel so burnt-out and betrayed. The first book that I recommend for them is [...]

2019-06-24T10:37:25-07:00June 18th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Woke and Broke: Why Every Millennial and Gen Z-er Needs to Read “Kids These Days”