Category Archives: General Observations

General thoughts on emotional and psychological wellness topics.

Let’s Try Saying “Americans” Instead of “America” – A Lesson from Canadians

On the fourth of my trips to Adler’s Vancouver campus last fall, I came before the Canadian border officer, as I had each time before. I was ready for the questions about why I was coming to Canada, and gave… Continue Reading Let’s Try Saying “Americans” Instead of “America” – A Lesson from Canadians

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Ethics, Truth, and Our Political World of 2016

It’s hard to say anything calming or therapeutic since the election in November. Many people are feeling vindicated and many others are feeling betrayed, fearful, and even traumatized. But a major factor in the anxiety many of us are feeling… Continue Reading Ethics, Truth, and Our Political World of 2016

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Encouragement, Pain, and Survival

In May, I presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology’s annual conference in Minnesota, along with colleagues from Adler University’s Chicago Campus. Our panel discussion was on encouragement, and we spoke about the different ways we have experienced… Continue Reading Encouragement, Pain, and Survival

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Obamacare and Mental Health: Good News and Bad News

An article was published by US News and World Report yesterday, and it has mixed news about the Affordable Care Act and mental health treatment: the number of people with mental health conditions who are uninsured decreased in 2015, but… Continue Reading Obamacare and Mental Health: Good News and Bad News

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Happy Twenty Sixteen!

For the new year, I thought I’d try a new theme for my website… and it’s called, appropriately enough, “Twenty-Sixteen.” Yes, I know it’s a standard theme that WordPress puts out there and revises every year, but sometimes simple is… Continue Reading Happy Twenty Sixteen!

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Predicting and Preventing Workplace Violence: An EAP’s Worst Nightmare
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The recent tragedy involving the murders of a news reporter and camera operator on the air in Roanoke, Virginia is a reminder that workplace grievances and grudges can erupt into violence very easily, and that terminating a person’s employment can… Continue Reading Predicting and Preventing Workplace Violence: An EAP’s Worst Nightmare

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The Little Green Elephant

You may notice that each page on my website now has a little green doohickey near the bottom with an elephant’s head and the word “Clip.” If you are a user of the app called Evernote, you’ll know what this… Continue Reading The Little Green Elephant

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How Are Things Down on the Ranch?

A couple weeks ago I received an e-mail from a person representing a drug and alcohol treatment center out in the rural South. He wanted me to put a link to his program on my website. I thought I’d share… Continue Reading How Are Things Down on the Ranch?

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Concern about Employees Means More than “Canned” Tips on a Website

McDonald’s has come under fire in recent weeks for a series of posts on an employee web portal (now deleted) which struck many people as insensitive at best and hypocritical at worst. The “tip sheets” included a health page from a… Continue Reading Concern about Employees Means More than “Canned” Tips on a Website

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A Tough Uncle: On “Being Losers”

In the latest example of what are becoming all-too-frequent acts of unspeakable horror, homemade bombs killed three people and seriously wounded dozens more at the beloved Boston Marathon this week. The act itself seems to fit the definition of terrorism… Continue Reading A Tough Uncle: On “Being Losers”

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