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Does the Internet Promote or Damage Marriage?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Does the Internet Promote or Damage Marriage?PBS/This Emotional Life is hosting a webinar in two weeks about the internet’s impact on relationships and marriage, in particular. As a panelist on the webinar, I wanted to explore this issue a bit with my readers so that I can offer your viewpoints in addition to my two cents.

Here’s my honest opinion, after reading hundreds of comments and emails from people who have been involved in online relationships or emotional affairs as well as the responses on the discussion boards of the Emotional Affairs support group on Beliefnet’s community site:

Although the internet and social media can foster intimacy in a marriage, it seems to do more harm than good. Of all the comments I’ve read, 90 percent of the opposite-sex relationships that were damaging to the marriage happened online.

7 Reasons Charlie Sheen May Hate Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

7 Reasons Charlie Sheen May Hate Alcoholics AnonymousIn one of the myriad interviews he gave over the last week, Charlie Sheen said clearly that he hates AA.

A lot of people have trouble with Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is full of people and people can be messy and flawed.

The human train wreck formally known as Charlie Sheen is a common sight in the AA meeting halls. The only difference between Mr. Sheen and other self-absorbed, delusional, frantic addicts is the size of the audience to which they rant. These people do not last long in AA. They mock the Fellowship and the 12 Steps (PDF) as too religious or simplistic. AA is beneath them.

Here are a few possible reasons why Charlie Sheen might hate AA so much.

Video: The Eating Season

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I call the 61 days between Halloween and New Year’s “the eating season,” because the temptation to snack on all kinds of crap is intrusive this time of year, with boxes of Belgian chocolate coming in with every client who has paid his bill, cocktail parties with egg-nog and Yule logs, enough pumpkin pie to make you feel like a pumpkin, and trays of Christmas cookies everywhere you turn.

If your brain is as sensitive as mine — sweets turbo charge the brain and then zap it of all its cognitive powers — you, too, have to pull out ever trick of discipline known to man, more even than is used to train those dogs at the airport who can smell pot on a passenger.

Remember this during the eating season: Jesus’ period of temptation ended after 40 days. We got 21 more to go. So don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember this, too: technically, you can start over each day.

Good luck! We’re in this together!

Click through to watch the video.

Bipolar Domestic Violence

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

One of the most enduring posts I’ve ever written here is Bipolar Disorder and Dating. Comments have come in continuously, as people are very …

Video: On Creativity and Mood Disorders

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

This video was taped the afternoon of Johns Hopkins’s Mood Disorders Symposium, right after I heard Kay Redfield Jamison speak on the topic of creativity and mood disorders. Given my tumultuous week at that time, I literally wept at parts of her presentation.

Here is what I learned. Click through to view the video…

Jane Pauley’s Battle with Bipolar

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Jane Pauley was at a fundraiser locally earlier this week, talking about her battle with bipolar disorder. “Pauley, 57, is best known for her …

Top Ten Psychology Videos

Monday, July 14th, 2008
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Cognitive to clinical to social, the many applications of psychology reveal profound thoughts, human frailties and …

Kay Redfield Jamison Vintage Video

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Fans of Kay Redfield Jamison rejoice: here’s the vintage half-hour video An Unquiet Mind: Personal Reflections on Manic-Depressive Illness. A captivating speaker, she’s authored many …

Essentials of Sleep

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Here’s more info after John wrote about bipolar disorders and sleep patterns with Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), a treatment developed by Ellen …

Personal Stories

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Want to hear my story? It seems that some people do. I’ve lately noticed notices for people with bipolar to share essays, art, demographics and …

Irritating Support

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Support groups are supposed to be helpful, so how can I go into group feeling neutral and leave totally irritated? And what do I do …

Relaxing Sleep

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

There are some nice guided progressive relaxation audio files on a web site that, although it’s promoting a drug, does also provide some useful tips …

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