Over-Dosing on Back Braces

MysteryShrink Shorts Overdosing on Back Braces “Good afternoon,” I said from the podium a couple of days ago. “My name is Barbara and I’m a back-brace addict.” I didn’t start out as an all-out back brace fiend. Neither of my parents had an unhealthy attachment to medical devices—though my brother, …

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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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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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“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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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: What Makes You So Special?

MysteryShrink Shorts: What Makes You So Special? One of my young stepdaughters, tears in her eyes, had handed me a lowly Honorable Mention ribbon after a riding contest which had gone poorly. When I greeted her all aglow with compliments, she’d asked with a tad of bitterness, “How can you …

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What Is Emotional Closeness? How Do Rank? Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson)

Distance in the Family: Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson) Notice of Series in Progress– Sibling Position, Anxiety, and Family Process. Frances, the eldest of the three Whitman brothers (played by Owen Wilson) makes the following announcement as they launch a trip across India on The Darjeeling …

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