“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.” –Khwajeh Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi “Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” –Francis Bacon “When fear ceases to scare you, it cannot stay.” –Gary Zukav “Most of…

In the spirit of halloween, I thought you’d all appreciate some vampire talk. In her new book, “Emotional Freedom,” UCLA psychiatrist Judith Orloff identifies five kinds of vampires that are lurking around and can zap our energy if we’re not careful. Here is an excerpt adapted from her book. Emotional vampires are lurking everywhere and…

I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. Many of them are published in my book, “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit.“…

Five years ago I walked into my therapist’s office feeling like a Krispy-Kreme doughnut: I had no center. Everything I attempted both professionally and personally flopped. I had no sense of self, no confidence, and no faith in myself. I found nothing of value in my DNA. So she assigned me a project that I…

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