Category Archives: Shame/Narcissism

The Fear of Seeming Narcissistic

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Earlier this week, my friend Sherry came over for dinner. After asking all about her trip to Las Vegas and briefly discussing our vacation, I finally got around to telling her of some recent developments in my writing career (more … Continue reading

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The Shame in Mental Illness

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My recent posts got me to thinking about the term mental illness and how stigma-laden it remains to this day. As a society, we’ve come a long way from the bad old days when most people were too ashamed to … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on the Transgender Controversy

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Rather than responding to each of the many comments I received on my original post on transgender issues, I’ve decided to write a new, more generally responsive post. Let’s go back to reader Lauren’s comment, the one that many people … Continue reading

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What Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder Have in Common

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Earlier this week while on an elliptical trainer at the gym, I watched a portion of The Doctors airing on the TV monitor above me, all about a 33-year-old man, Toby Sheldon, who has spent more than $100K for plastic … Continue reading

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On Success and Having Arrived

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During a session on Thursday, one of my clients was talking about his feeling that he had “arrived” in his profession. In his mid-30s, he’s well-established now in a competitive field, earning an excellent income and finding himself respected and … Continue reading

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