Turned Off by the Shutdown? A Mental Health Perspective

The Washington Post called to interview me this week on how a marriage counselor sees the Congressional impasse.  When it comes to major conflict, both couples and government officials are most effective when they: 1.  Refrain from blaming; 2.  Focus on creating a shared future; 3.  Avoid seeking advice from people who are more likely […]

The 4-Minute Work Break: Give Yourself a 12-Month Summer Vacation

If you liked The 4-Hour Work Week but still have a regular job, listen up:  You’re spending way too little time on vacation.  Some of the most stressed-out people I know weekend in lovely settings out east or down the shore.  They remind me of prize fighters who retreat to the corner of the ring for a quick […]

Why Gatsby and Daisy Aren’t Soulmates

Baz Luhrmann’s  “The Great Gatsby” got me thinking about what makes a soulmate. Picking out Daisy’s green light at the end of his dock, Gatsby has “orgastic” dreams of romping “like the mind of God,” of  listening to “the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star.”  Daisy, in Gatsby’s mind, is his soulmate.  She catches […]

New this Fall

Sharp pencils, shiny shoes, different teachers: fall will always mean the first day of school to me, with all its promise of a fresh start and new things to learn. Perfect time to introduce my redesigned website and new blog, created to make it easy for you to find lots of helpful information and for […]