​​​STOP SNATCHING KIDS

As a psychologist I know  about the brain damage that occurs in trauma.  It is traumatic to a baby, toddler, child, even a teenager to be separated from their family.   As a Mother of six, I also know about the trauma of a Mother separated...

THE ETHICS CRISIS

  Being a psychologist and an educator with 40 years experience I can with confidence tell you that the way most people learn new behaviors is by watching and listening to the words and actions of successful people.  Our natural resistance to change fades in...

Grow Your Brain with New Skills

If you prefer Pleasure over Pain – as Freud said, all “normals” do.  There are two books you should read this month.  The first is, “Super Brain”, which posits that the old info about the brain cells dying off as we age is not necessarily true.  We can...

Beauty and the Beast

(By Marsha Carlson, LISW, MSW) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Genie invited me to write a blog, which I have never done before.  She told me I can write about anything I choose.  When she said that, my mind went blank even though once I start talking you can’t shut me...

Beauty? Grotesque?

Beauty and its explanation have attracted attention through the centuries. “Grotesque” has less press. A visceral experience this holiday sparked my interest in these opposites. A beautiful (or at least very pretty) acquaintance showed up during the...

Gupta: “Why did I do this illegal thing?”

Facing 2 years in jail, Rajat Gupta must be asking himself the above question.  The judge speculated that Gupta was enticed by Raj Rajaratnam with offers of  power jobs with international corporations, but Mr. Gupta didn’t need a job, he was already a...

The Rules You Live By:

Are they yours or inherited or introjected ? In the spring months of 1975, I was wearing three hats.The first, designed by Fritz Perls M.D., some years before, I wore as leader of a small Gestalt Group, composed of students from the University of California Santa...

Raja K. Gupta and “Where Art Thou?”

You may remember that Mr. Gupta was once leading Goldman Sachs, having first headed up the most prominent Management  Consulting firm in the US, McKinsey.  These two positions with their huge salaries and bonuses did not stop him from breaking the law. ...

My Theory About Why the “Big Toe” Works

I have been attempting to help people stop smoking, improve confidence, be excellent for 31 years, and know for sure that anxiety and fear are the usual blocks to changing emotions and behaviors.  When I read Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, “My Stroke of...