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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” That saying, which Plato attributed to Socrates, succinctly expresses the basic value underlying every form of personal exploration—the idea that self-knowledge is an…

What’s Wrong with Being ‘Needy’?

What’s Wrong with Being ‘Needy’?

Eric has been single for five years. He’s a relationship-oriented guy. He longs to connect with someone new, but he won’t let himself do it because he believes he isn’t…

Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a Therapist

Q: I’ve never seen a therapist before, but I’ve decided to do it. I got some names, but how do I know if someone is the right therapist for me?…

Anger Vs. Abuse

Anger Vs. Abuse

Q: I come from a family of loud, working-class Italians who say what we feel when we feel it. Everyone in my boyfriend’s family is an upper middle class New…

Depression and Meditation

Depression and Meditation

Q: I have been suffering from depression for many years and have experienced some relief from psychotherapy and medication. I’ve recently started meditating every day, and it’s really improved the…

Two Wolves in the Hearta

Two Wolves in the Hearta

There is a strange duality in human nature. As a species, we’re capable of deep love, compassion, and inspiring acts of self-sacrifice. But, as events like the Holocaust show, we’re…

Remembering the Stonewall Uprising

Remembering the Stonewall Uprising

In the late 1960’s, sexual minorities in America endured a level of oppression that is all too often forgotten, even by those of us who were alive at the time.…

Compulsive Debting

Compulsive Debting

Q: I have an okay income, but I’m now so far in debt that I’m in real trouble. Last Christmas, I spent so much money on my friends that I’m…

What Makes Us Happy?

What Makes Us Happy?

No question that we can ask is more important in helping us direct our lives than “What will make me hap­py?” But few of us ever seriously con­sider the question,…

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

Q: I spent my twenties and most of my thirties getting loaded. It was crystal meth that finally brought me to my knees. I haven’t used that in a year,…

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