Sunday, October 22, 2017
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This Fall... Think Pink

As we welcome in the fall season and its wonderful autumn colors,we are also reminded to “Think Pink.”  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. As a survivor I can’t stress enough the importance of early detection. I attended the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for the first time in 2015 as a cancer patient, and was stunned by this amazing event.

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Facing Fears

In planning for this issue, Publisher Robert Bonvento and I decided to get into the spirit of the season and write about what people like about being scared on purpose, such as we do on Halloween, on roller coasters, in fun houses, etc. I was going to write about the psychological reasons for controlled fright and the fun that people have in our community at this time of year, participating in the Haunted Hayride, hearing scary stories, and seeing the Headless Horseman come galloping across the field at a homecoming game. 

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Relationsips... Marinating in Mistakes

As a psychologist, and as any therapist can attest, I often scratch my head and wonder why people stay in the situations they do, make the same mistakes over and over, or don’t see their patterns of behavior.  This is true of any of us—we can all have blind spots to our own issues and mistakes, but since my job is to help people move to better places in their lives, I am faced on a daily basis with people who are unhappy about something that they can’t seem to fix. They either can’t get out of the situation or can’t get out of their own way.

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Moving Up and Moving On in 2017

Every year in my practice I tend to have at least a couple of twelfth graders getting ready to move on to college.  Some of our local districts are fairly small, stable, and homogeneous, and many kids have known each other 12 or 13 years by the time they graduate; for good and bad and everything in between, their classmates often feel like family.  Some kids choose to go to small colleges as well, feeling more secure and comfortable in a place where classes are small and they will be familiar with their professors.  Some choose large state schools and big Ivies, thrilled to be around tens of thousands of strangers and blending into the crowd as they reinvent themselves as adults.  To each his own.

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