Category Archives: Social Behavior

The Everyday Narcissist Revisited

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During the first year or so after I launched this site, my post about narcissistic behavior and the lost art of conversation was always a reader favorite. One of mine, too. I thought of it this past weekend when we … Continue reading

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Should Psychotherapy Be a Judgment-Free Zone?

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Many years ago, back when I still lived in Los Angeles, I worked for a brief time with a client who was secretly draining his wife’s inheritance to support their family. He didn’t make personal use of the money or … Continue reading

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Maternal vs Paternal Function: Is There a Difference?

Over the long holiday weekend, we drove cross-country to Colorado where we re-locate for the summer. Although the drive can be grueling (about 26 hours over two days) and it sometimes seems as if Kansas will never come to an … Continue reading

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Self-Pity

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“Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one’s own governing philosophy.” – Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October “Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives … Continue reading

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How Feelings of Helplessness May Give Rise to Destructive Violence

Reading about Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, in today’s New York Times brought to mind Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer who set off bombs and murdered at least 76 people back in 2011. These two men have several … Continue reading

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