Paying Attention: How Orange Jello Changed My Life

Paying Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To: The Orange Jello Incident My in-laws lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is about a nine-hour drive from Austin. Why do I mention the length of the trip? Because, nine hours is a long time for a husband to listen to his wife …

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MysteryShrink Shorts: ‘Brand’ or ‘Person?’

MysteryShrink Shorts: ‘Brand’ or ‘Person?’ The answer if very important. If you are getting up every day to work on your brand, you must direct your time, energy, in money into going from who you are to ‘who you can become’ in the eyes of others—and we’re talking as many …

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“Yes, I Will Have a Drink and Half of that Pecan Pie, Please.”

“Yes, I Will Have a Drink and Half of that Pecan Pie, Please.” **To make sense of this article, first read Emotional Distance, Owen Wilson, and The Darjeeling Limited. The movie, The Darjeeling Limited, is the story of one man’s attempt to save his own life and maybe those of his …

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Emotional Distance, Owen Wilson, and The Darjeeling Limited

Emotional Distance, Owen Wilson, and The Darjeeling Limited Part 1. Brothers on a Train What would you do if a psychologist suggested that to truly resolve current self-destructive habits, you must get straight—comfortable and ‘real’– with your family? Would you: Demand your money back and accuse the therapist of conspiracy …

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Olympics Free-for-All Medley Swim

Olympics Free-for-All Medley Swim Sport for Us, the Real People Hear ye! Hear ye! The International Olympic Committee has arranged an event for us, the real people. Well, we can’t do ‘flying body’ sports but we can succeed in our event, the Free-for-All Medley Swim. We chose a swimming race …

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The Thirteen Brooms: Criticism and Anxiety

The Thirteen Brooms Criticism Is an Expression of Anxiety To be married is to be criticized. To be a child is to be criticized. To be a parent is to be criticized. To grow up in a world not designed to meet our needs above all others–is to be criticized. …

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MysteryShrink Shorts: Do I Have to Agree with You to Be Your Friend?

MysteryShrink Shorts: Do I Have to Agree with You to Be Your Friend? Politics doesn’t usually come up so much in doing clinical psychology work—usually. This spring and summer has been different. More than ever I’ve heard family members choosing to use distance as a way to manage the anxiety …

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