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Gender gap: others’ rights versus others’ needs

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — According to the Center for American Women and Politics, of the 535 seats in Congress, women occupy 104. Women represent a quarter of the state legislators, 12 percent of state governors, and 18.4 percent of mayors. Of the Standard and Poor Fortune 500 companies, women hold less […]

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Narcissism: Healthy or a sickness?

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Narcissism is a term that has been widely used to describe a host of undesirable traits. However, most of us exhibit some aspect of it to a greater or lesser degree. Self-esteem, confidence, and feeling a bit special are all healthy; yet, always feeling superior to others […]

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Some tips for political arguments

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — We all have our opinions, our positions, our views, our understanding—whether they are about  political, economic, religious, or ethical issues or  how to rear children. They spring from the way we were raised, what our parents believed, or the exact opposite of parental admonitions. It is what […]

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Why are we attracted to violence?

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California –Humans have always been attracted to acts of graphic violence. In Roman times, the Coliseum was filled with people ready to be entertained by gladiators fighting to the death or Christians being eaten by hungry lions. A few centuries later, public beheadings were a popular entertainment—Marie Antoinette and […]

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Some great thoughts to learn and unlearn

  By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — We are faced with contradictions on a daily basis; some are generational, some cultural, some familial. When we have believed in one way of acting and then are faced with new medical or scientific findings or a deeper understanding and recognize that the opposite way is […]

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In memory of holidays past

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — We look forward to them, and we breathe a sign of relief when they’re over. I’m talking about the holidays. We grumble about the commercialism, guests that come in droves, children home from school and constantly underfoot, or home from college constantly flying the coop to who […]

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Giving up driving

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — My late son Paul used to say no one over 80 should be driving. Yeah right! I was still happily driving at 90. Then something happened: I fractured my patella and did not drive my car for several weeks. After my brace was finally removed from my […]

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The King and I: Remembering King Bhumibol

  By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — In the early 1950s our record of the month club—started by my late husband, Sam Josefowitz—was expanding into other countries. Concert Hall Society, Handel Society, Opera Society, and Jazztone Society were the first clubs to provide members with a record every month. They were made of […]

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My adventures in a brand new leg brace

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Two years ago I was the one-arm bandit (having broken my shoulder falling off a stage with microphone still in hand as I was starting a presentation). Today I am a peg-leg pirate. I fractured my patella (I never heard the word before) while running—yes, I know, […]

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On becoming ninety

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — I often still feel like a spring chicken, but I’m coming to realize I’m really just an old hen. So this column is to prepare all of my readers who, if they are lucky enough, also reach ninety. What is reassuring is that it is too late […]

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Tricking your limbic system

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — It is all about the frontal cortex versus the limbic system—the front part of the brain in a constant struggle with the back part of the brain—whether being able to wait or demanding instant gratification. There are these two little selves in our brains, one saying, “I […]

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Retirement community living — what it’s like

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — “It is windy today!” “No it’s not Wednesday today; it’s Thursday!” “You’re thirsty?” If you live in a retirement community, you may have heard a similar conversation followed by peals of laughter. I live in one. Actually it’s not just a retirement community—it’s White Sands La Jolla, […]

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Too old for unforeseen adventures

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — The drive to Tucson from San Diego is seven-hours long over well-maintained highways. The scenery alone is worth the trip. Yellow desert flowers line the road, while majestic windmills with their blades turning leisurely studding the countryside, and miles of solar panels reassure me that we are […]

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Some questions we all should ponder

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Often, when I am booked for lectures or radio and television interviews, I am provided questions in advance to help me prepare. Some of the questions are provocative, the kind that make me stop and think. So much so, I am sharing a few here with my replies. […]

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