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A Personal Life Update: I Got a Cat

Just one of those occasional updates for our fellow netizens who like to read up on the happenings of people.

 Two weeks ago I got a cat, even though my fiance is allergic to them. Someone at work needed to get rid of her, so I felt sorry for her and took her in. Her name is “Anya” and she is black with brown spots. She is only about 11 months old, but she is still growing heartily and is playful as heck. Laurie, my fiance (we got engaged in August… Shhhhh!), is taking allergy shots for her. Once we live together again (she’s on internship in another state), she’ll be fine. I grew up with cats, so it was about time.

 I’m finishing up my first book and hard at work on another. The first book is devoted to prevention professionals and lists hundreds of online resources for them. It will be available for sale in early 1997. The second book will be available in mid-1997 and is a guide to online resources for psychologists and mental health professionals. You won’t find either at a local bookstore, but when I get done the second book, I will be looking into writing something for everyone else as well. I have a lot to say and a lot to share!

 Which reminds me… Here’s a teaser. In another month or two, I will be conducting what I hope will be the largest online survey to date on a wide range of topics, but mainly having to do with how people use online resources, what they use most when online (e.g., Web, e-mail, etc.), how much time they spend online, where they go, etc. I’m looking to examine the usefulness and prevalence of self-help groups online, as well as looking into the etiology of this thing people call “Internet Addiction Disorder.” Look both here on my Web site and on many other Web sites for additional information. I wish I could pay people to take the survey, but really… I’m poor!

 I have two conferences I’m attending, one in October and one in November. At the one in November, I will be presenting a 5-hour symposium about online topics for professionals. I also had two articles of mine published in Psychiatric Times in October, and one to be published in Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow in December. In the process of all of this, I’m putting together two excellent symposia for the 1997 APA convention about online topics. And continuing education is coming along nicely. I believe we will launch it by the first of the new year.

 A couple of weekends ago we went canoeing and the weather was just so beautiful! Just a hint of fall in the air, which is now fully realized, and a fabulous sunny day. We also went hiking. The outdoors has a way of putting everything into perspective and for me, anyway, it makes me appreciate life. Beauty. The short time we have on this Earth to appreciate it all.

 Please, take a moment out of your busy life and appreciate life. There’s so much negativity in the air sometimes that it’s easy to overlook….

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 That’s it for this time… As always, keep in good mental health!

 - John

A Personal Life Update: I Got a Cat

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). A Personal Life Update: I Got a Cat. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2020, from
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