Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW
Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW is a journalist and interviewer, licensed social worker, interfaith minister, radio host and best-selling author. www.opti-mystical.com
Articles by Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW:
- Right, Wrong or Indifferent: Finding a Moral Compass
19 Nov 2017
In this polarized political climate, people are vocal about their perceptions of right and wrong. What might appear to be simple, has become complex. The values we hold are, in […]
- Is It True: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger?
28 Oct 2017
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche In a therapy session, a client made the oft used statement that he had come to believe was […]
- How to Enhance Your Quality of Life
11 Oct 2017
“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi In his breakthrough book entitled, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, explains the connection between “being in the flow,” […]
- At Your Service: Another Way of Quieting Anxiety
28 Sep 2017
The Bully Within and Without A young man described his anxiety as being like a gang of bullies surrounding and taunting him with invectives such as, “You’re going to fail anyway, so […]
- Why We Fear Death and How to Integrate It into Our Lives
19 Jul 2017
From our first breath in this lifetime until the split second the heart clock stops ticking away the moments of our incarnation, we are on call to this concept called […]
- Do You Drink or Abstain? There Is No Right Answer
16 Jul 2017
A research question was posed that elicited a far different series of responses than was anticipated: “I have a question for those for whom alcohol is a part of your […]
- Broken: How to Put Together the Fragments of Your Life
24 Jun 2017
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” Those who enter therapists’ offices often relate that they feel broken and that they […]
- The Attractor Factor: Why We Flirt and What It Means
20 Feb 2017
Imagine this scene: two people walk into a room and immediately notice each other (cue the romantic music). They hesitantly take a few steps forward, smiling shyly. One runs fingers […]
- Would Confidentiality Be an Issue If You Saw Your Podiatrist in Public?
07 Feb 2017
This morning while standing in the front office of the counseling practice where I see clients, a woman came to the window, to fill out paperwork for her intake assessment. […]
- Lying: A Case of Fiction Addiction?
31 Jan 2017
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people […]
- Does ‘Otherizing’ Lead to Bigotry and Violence?
26 Jan 2017
Black, white, Gay, straight, man, woman, transgender, old, young, rich, poor, native, immigrant, religious, atheist or agnostic. Each of these is a designation by which we measure our sense of […]
- How Medical Professionals Can Ease the Treatment Process
22 Jan 2017
Back in December, I wrote an article, entitled “A Prescription For Compassionate Healthcare” that highlighted what medical professionals can offer to patients who are facing health crises. I mentioned a […]
- Is Being Popular All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
11 Jan 2017
“I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” -Julius Erving “When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and […]
- Living Your Legacy Each Day
30 Dec 2016
2016 is a year that many will recall as a time of mass exodus from the planet. On social media, comments have focused on how people couldn’t wait for the […]
- Ancestral Healing: Letting Go of the Past to Heal into the Future
28 Dec 2016
“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.” – Buddha “Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, […]
- Instilling Confidence in Our Daughters
20 Dec 2016
We live in a world in which women still earn “only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent. Women, on average, earn less than men in virtually every single […]
- What Is the Difference Between Loving and Being in Love?
09 Dec 2016
Most of us have grown up on the “once upon a time… and they lived happily ever after” relationship fable. It is written into the script of nearly every Disney […]
- Reason, Season, Lifetime: Accepting Impermanence in Relationships
29 Nov 2016
It has been said that people enter our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Reason (a project or one time activity, a “guardian angel” encounter when […]
- Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorder
22 Nov 2016
Our bodies are wired for sensory input. Touch, (which includes temperature, texture and pressure), taste, sound, sight and smell are the ways in which we explore the world, from the […]
- How to Deal with a ‘Mean Girl’ at Work
17 Nov 2016
If you are of a certain age, you will likely remember the 1989 movie Heathers. The big hair and shoulder pads mark it as part of that decade. The ensemble […]
- It’s All about Consent
11 Nov 2016
A poster that showcases a rally in Buenos Aires has been getting a lot of attention. It features a topless man wearing only pants and bearing a sign that reads, […]
- Do Chores Teach Children Responsibility?
02 Nov 2016
There is a video making the rounds on social media on the topic of children doing chores from an early age. Some appeared to be as young as three or […]
- What Does It Mean to Be a Highly Sensitive Person?
23 Oct 2016
“I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that, now that when someone asks me why I cry so often, […]
- What Is Synchrodestiny?
20 Oct 2016
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke You think of someone who has not crossed your mind in decades and within a day, or perhaps […]
- More Than Child’s Play: Dangerous Games
14 Oct 2016
Young people are inclined to take risks and push the envelope when it comes to daredevil activities. Stories recalled from the childhood of one woman, told by her father, were […]
- The Meaning of Success
10 Oct 2016
“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso Although it might seem like a dichotomy, these […]
- The Will to Live
04 Oct 2016
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friederich Nietzche Hospital beds are filled with people whose bodies are connected to machinery that keeps hearts pumping, […]
- How Loss and Challenge Make Us Stronger and More Resilient
26 Sep 2016
“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” -Japanese Proverb When we incarnate into this human form, wouldn’t it be so much more convenient if we were […]
- Is Anger an Addiction?
23 Sep 2016
The American Society of Addiction Medicine, defines an addiction as, “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, […]
- Are We the Stories We Tell?
17 Sep 2016
A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. ― Graham Greene, The End […]
- How Important Is Validation to Your Sense of Self?
14 Sep 2016
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” – Al Franken as Stuart Smalley The fictional Saturday Night Live character was a poster child for self […]
- Transforming the Need for Speed into Slow and Steady
11 Sep 2016
It is undeniable that most of us live a fast-paced existence that includes instant gratification and Instant Breakfast. We have fast-food communication with our family, friends and co-workers that leave […]
- How to Overcome Performance Addiction
04 Sep 2016
Are you at ease in the spotlight? Do you enjoy being the center of attention, entertaining family and friends? Those qualities are the perfect setup for a career on stage […]
- Does Failure Groom Us for Success?
26 Aug 2016
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” ~ Richard Branson “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were […]
- The Importance of Full-Fledged Fatherhood
09 May 2016
Recently there was a Facebook meme showing a picture of a man wearing this T-shirt: “Dads don’t babysit. It’s called parenting.” I smiled in recognition, as this was the case […]
- Is Anxiety a Motivator?
02 Apr 2016
Your palms are clammy. Beads of perspiration cascade down your forehead as your heart thrums out a staccato rhythm. Your thoughts are tangled like a ball of yarn; a coherent […]
- Are Our Hearts Hardwired to Heal Our Heads?
16 Mar 2016
“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process”- Vincent Van Gogh We are accustomed to thinking of our brains as […]
- What Is the Difference Between Drug Dependent & Drug Addicted?
08 Mar 2016
Kathleen’s Story Kathleen experienced a work related injury in which a box fell on her neck while she was standing on a ladder to retrieve something else from a high […]
- Play Therapy Is More Than Child’s Play
01 Mar 2016
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato Some issues that clients bring to the counseling office can […]
- Resiliency: When Your House Is Swept Clean
24 Feb 2016
The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome […]
- Want a Better Life? All You Have to Do Is Dream
16 Feb 2016
“To sleep, perchance to dream.” ~ William Shakespeare Although this snippet from the famous soliloquy rendered by Hamlet relates to the main character’s struggle with suicidal thoughts, it highlights the importance […]
- Caregiver Burnout: The Importance of Self Care
12 Feb 2016
By definition, a caregiver is anyone who provides service to another to assist in making their lives easier. It might take the form of helping them with ADLs (Activities of […]
- Understanding & Giving Support to Someone with Schizophrenia
01 Feb 2016
What comes to mind when the word schizophrenia is spoken? Likely images of a bedraggled man or woman, with wild hair and tattered clothing, chatting away with someone that you […]