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    Twelve Habits of Happy People

    Twelve Habits of Happy People

    By Tom Moon, MFT Research shows that 50 percent of a person’s happiness level is genetically determined, 10 percent is affected by life circumstances and situation, and the remaining 40…

    Dysfunctional Family Roles: #4 The Mascot

    Dysfunctional Family Roles: #4 The Mascot

    By Tom Moon, MFT As I wrote in the first column in this series, dysfunctional families are characterized by abuse coupled with denial that any abuse is going on; by…

    Title Dysfunctional Family Roles: #2 The Scapegoat

    Title Dysfunctional Family Roles: #2 The Scapegoat

    By Tom Moon, MFT In the previous column, I described dysfunctional families as “characterized by abuse coupled with denial that any abuse is going on; by disrespect and violations of…

    Dysfunctional Family Roles: #1 The Hero

    Dysfunctional Family Roles: #1 The Hero

    By Tom Moon, MFT The phrase “dysfunctional family” may have become a cliché, but it does describe something real and all-too-common. Dysfunctional families are characterized by abuse coupled with denial…

    Distractions

    Distractions

    By Tom Moon, MFT “The unexamined life is not worth living.” That saying, which Plato attributed to Socrates, succinctly expresses the basic value underlying psychotherapy and most other forms of…

    What Now?

    What Now?

    I wrote what follows a week ago, when I assumed that Donald Trump would not win this election, and the point of the column was to talk about taking a…

    Fearing Hope

    Fearing Hope

    Tyler has been talking with me for over a year about how much he hates his job. He’s underpaid and underappreciated and his friends and colleagues continually assure him that…

    The World’s Greatest Authority on Your Experience

    The World’s Greatest Authority on Your Experience

    From a reader: “When I was thirteen I started having sex in a cruisey park. When I was fourteen I met an ‘older man’ (26) there who was hot as…

    Younger Gay Men Trending Toward Monogamy

    Younger Gay Men Trending Toward Monogamy

    Blake Spears and Lanz Lowen have been together in an open relationship for over 40 years, and in past columns I’ve reported on their in-depth research on the viability of…

    Understanding Sex Addiction

    Understanding Sex Addiction

    “I’ve always had a lot of casual and anonymous sex. Does that make me a sex addict?” “Isn’t the whole concept of sex addiction just another way of shaming gay…

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