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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Paying Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To, Part 1

What Do You Mean, You Didn’t Notice? Paying Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To, Part 1 The Green Wallpaper Incident Dr. A is a fifty-two-year old psychiatrist who began the hour saying: “I’m satisfied in most areas of my life, but for some reason, every long-term relationship I’ve been …

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When it Comes to Distant Mothers—This Lady Wins

When it Comes to Distant Mothers—This Lady Wins The movie, The Darjeeling Limited, is the story of one man’s attempt to save his own life and maybe those of his brothers who are equally crippled by their strange and emotionally distant childhood. **To make sense of the current story, first …

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Psychology in Real Life: Diagnosis, Good News or Bad News?

Psychology in Real Life: Diagnosis, Good News or Bad News? So now you have a diagnosis for someone else or for yourself. Should you tattoo the bar code across your forehead or would it be best to fold that little sheet of paper into a tiny square and tuck it …

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Dr. Dales’ Journal, Part 4, The NOVELTY of having CANCER has WORN OFF

Dr. Dale’s Journey. Part 4: “THE NOVELTY OF HAVING CANCER has WORN OFF” For this entry to make sense, first read Dr. Dale’s Journey Part 1: “DIAGNOSIS BLACK,” Dr. Dale’s Journey Part 2: “HEMLOCK” (chemotherapy); Dr. Dale’s Journey Part 3: “FALLOUT” (Radiation). Dr. Dale didn’t write much during the initial flurry …

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Dr. Dale’s Journal: Diagnosis Black

Dale Maxwell, M.D., (October 3, 1939-June 24, 1997). The results are in. You are going to die soon. What Would You Do? If you’re like me, you’ve wondered how you’d face a really terrifying diagnosis. Bravely? Prayerfully? Drunkenly? I picture myself running around the neighborhood from house to house banging …

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What Does Sibling Position Have to Do with Love and Friendship?

Birth Position Tendencies** Before reading this entry please read: Me? Do Thanksgiving? You Have to be Crazy! and What Does Sibling Position Have to Do with Love and Friendship?–Spoiler Alert and The Bowen Center on Sibling Position How much does birth order matter once you leave home? Once you’ve made …

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