For Women: Is it Love or Addiction?

For Women: Is it Love or Addiction?

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Date : November 30, 2011

The issue of determining if you are in love or intensely addicted to another is an issue that crosses all ethnic, racial, class and age lines.  How love is experienced in a modern world that values materialism more than anything else?  It is challenging to define love today. I believe love is mutual self-less giving that is based on a deep trust.  The characteristics of addiction are craving of a person, severe mood swings if unable to feel secure in the relationship, inability to function normally,...

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Is Lady Gaga Destroying America Or Is She Holding Up a Mirror For Us To Reflect?

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Date : November 30, 2011

Lady Gaga’s new single Judas was released this past Friday and was embraced by her fans and heavily criticized for being blasphemous, copying Madonna and copying herself. Some critics feel that she simply repeated her big hit Bad Romance with altered lyrics.

Lady Gaga can be seen as this generation’s Madonna because there are so many similarities between them. Lady Gaga sounds a lot like Madonna in terms of her voice and the production of the music. They are both staunch advocates of gay rights...

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New Eminem-Rhianna Video-Does it Sanction Domestic Violence or does it Speak Out against Battering? Part Three

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Date : November 30, 2011

Part One of this series critiqued this controversial video and Part Two had a more detailed discussion about the effects of domestic violence. This blog will continue that dialogue and include songs that stimulate conversation about battering.

What is the cycle of violence and what can you do to prevent it?

According to domesticviolence.org, the cycle of violence is as follows:

Incident

Any type of abuse occurs (physical/sexual/emotional)

Tension Building

Abuser starts to get...
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New Eminem-Rhianna Video-Does it Sanction Domestic Violence or does it Speak Out against Battering? Part Two

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Date : November 30, 2011

In my last blog, I outlined my critique of the latest Eminem-Rhianna video titled Love the Way you Lie. The video was contentious and it turns out that my critique was controversial as well. I am basing that on the comments that the blog received. Some felt it had no artistic, aesthetic or any other value. Others felt that it was a healing tool that produced discussion and catharsis. A few responses focused on the irresponsibility of the artists to not place this video in a context where young people could...

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New Eminem-Rhianna Video-Does it Sanction Domestic Violence or does it Speak Out against Battering?

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Date : November 30, 2011

The new video for Hip-Hop Artists Eminem’s and Rhianna’s I Love the Way you Lie is stirring up controversy across the country. The YouTube Video has amassed over fifty million hits in a two week period. The subject matter of the video is domestic violence. It includes violent imagery and swear words. Many in the media and elsewhere are asking, “Is this an anti-domestic violence work or does it glorify and sanction domestic violence?”

I am a therapist in private practice...

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Exercise for the Soul: Moving your Body can Heal Numbness, Depression and Stuck Grief

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Date : November 30, 2011

The evidence is in. Physical exercise is a medication free activity that you can do on your own. The media continues to tout its powers. A recent Newsweek article discusses how exercise can make you smarter. A current Yahoo.com article claims that exercise can grow new brain cells that alleviate depression. There is ample research that indicates exercise helps reduce anxiety and improves self esteem. It also helps you look and feel better.

Exercise can also help you discover your soul and utilize it...

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Newsweek states that Exercise can Increase intelligence: It can also Heal Emotional Pain

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Date : November 30, 2011

A recent Newsweek article describes how exercise increases brainpower. I feel that I have certainly experienced this phenomenon by running five days a week, five miles a day for many years. I have recently added two days of cycling and subtracted two running days from my weekly workout.

I feel that physical exercise has improved the clarity of my thoughts and has opened pathways that have greatly increased my capacity for knowledge.

Perhaps the greatest discovery of my life is that exercise...

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