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Courageous reading: ‘Courageous Aging’

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — There are many books on aging on bookstore shelves; some are humorous, some serious, some emphasize financial planning, some deal with loss, most wish to help our aging population to age “gracefully.” The new book by Dr. Ken Druck, a noted author, addresses the issue of aging by […]

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Profane language varied from epoch to epoch

  By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — “Son of a motherless goat!” You would not hear this in the U.S., but you might hear these as swear words in the Middle East. The word “cretin” is a slur in France, but not common in the U.S. However, calling someone an “idiot” has the […]

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Letting go of our resentment

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — We were recently talking over dinner about our daughters’ weddings, when one of the women blurted out how at her own wedding in Phoenix her mother reproachfully said to her, “Did you have to pick the hottest day of the year to get married?” My friend is […]

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The necessity of belonging — and how to achieve it

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Founding father John Adams said, “The rewards…in this life, are esteem and admiration of others; the punishments are neglect and contempt…. The desire of the esteem of others is as real a want of nature as hunger; and the neglect and contempt of the world as severe a […]

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Fuzzy talk vs. straight talk

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — In our new political climate, people have become more opinionated and more rigidly stuck to their beliefs. There seems to be more contentiousness; what used to be an exchange of ideas has become an effort to talk a protagonist into agreeing with an opposite position. The result […]

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Nature vs nurture’s impact on our lives

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — A kindergarten—two little girls: one is sitting quietly by her teacher, not really wanting to engage in the other children’s activities. She is shy. The other little girl can hardly be contained. She has to be caught running out the door and totters dangerously on the highest rungs […]

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The incendiary power of shouted words

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — When I was in college, Aimee Semple McPherson was at the height of her popularity. She was an evangelist at the Foursquare Church in Los Angeles and had thousands of followers. Three of us nice […]

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We need to know the past, for it predicts the future

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Reading the paper and watching the news on television increases my stress hormones on a daily basis. Like many of us today, I am depressed. There are so many distressing things happening: the growing homeless population, the unsafe streets, the increased drug use, the humanitarian crises around […]

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Six stages of reaction to bad medical news

Receiving an upsetting diagnosis and the six sequential reactions that follow By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Recently I noticed that things were getting a bit blurry, so I went to the Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego to have it checked out. Guess what? Dr. William Freeman, Director of the Jacobs Retina Center, […]

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Clarifiers, comforters and confronters

A brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and a kick in the pants By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — We all have friends or family members we can talk to, colleagues we use as sounding boards—all of whom may be helpful—but we seldom think in terms of the specific functions these […]

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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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