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Stories We Live By

The Stories We Live By

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Retelling our own life stories that are creative and hopeful rather living as victims and in despair.

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We tell stories about our work and our play but rarely think about the difference between the two. Tonight we will define work and play and discover that for some of us we are really playing when we work and working hard when we tell... more

In the Old Testament story of Genesis we are told that God created the whole universe in six days. On the last day he created human beings, supposedly his ultimate creative masterpiece. Sometime later God issued his commandments... more

We are bombarded with books and movies about zombies, vampires, werewolves and other undead creatures that mindlessly seek human flesh and blood but can never be filled and satisfied. These creatures seem to be in some terrible... more

The Life of Pi, was for me a fine movie. In it a young man survives a shipwreck and relates his story to a reporter who would like to write about it. He tell the reporter a fantastic story of his survival in a life boat shared for much of the... more

Individuals throw tantsums to gain control in order to achieve a goal that seems out of reach. There are certain characteristics to tantrums whether thrown by children, adolescence or adults, even those in the congress of the United... more

The issue of what constitutes the best framework for evaluating and treating mental health patients has occupied clinicians for decades. Of course, everyone is concerned about the patient as an individual person, but many clinicians point... more

What does a terrorist attack in a Kenya shopping mall, a mass murder in the US Naval Shipyard and the Republican threat to allow our government to default if Obamacare is not dismantled have in common? They all involve an allegience... more

This year, for the first time in many years, I am attending services during the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). I will discuss my odyssey as a Jew and an American and my reaction to... more

No more long stories from yours truley. I am boring and frustrating myself and I suspect my listeners as well. It is time for us to have dialogue and share stories. Millions of people have experienced the transformation in living when, through... more

Todays' story follows from my earlier discussion on how evolution has shaped many of our desires and motives and how we are often unaware we are acting to advance our personal and group interests. Psychoanalysis also has at its heart... more

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