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May 14, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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A New Memorial For Lynching Victims Raises Awareness

May 14, 2018 12:52 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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April 26, 2018, saw the actualization of a project that was started in 2010. This project is a national memorial for the countless victims of lynchings. A goal of the Memorial is the acknowledgment of this part the Nation’s history. It is understood, in psychological terms, that that which is not addressed cannot be healed. [More]

April 16, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Portrayals of Abuse on Hit Series Generate Social Media Outcry

April 16, 2018 19:36 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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A popular HBO series "Big Little Lies" has brought to the forefront the reality of child abuse and has sparked heated discussion on social media. Children who suffer and/or witness such abuse are deeply affected, often, for the rest of their lives. These children may believe that it is normal for one parent to harm the other. They may well conclude that they are the cause of these outbursts. Children often feel guilty that they could not stop these frightening events. Some believe that they can “fix” the past and, unknowingly, unconsciously, enter into relationships that mirror the home in which they lived. They do not realize that it is impossible to go back and fix the past. [More]

February 20, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Humility Shows An Increase Chance of Success

February 20, 2018 12:25 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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A surprise win by the Eagles against the Patriots illuminate the concept of humility as a precursor to victory. When it comes to football, there is mathematical proof that the odds against the underdog are not so bad. In fact, the favorite only wins 66% of the time. This leaves a whopping 34% up for grabs. The average person identifies with the underdog and, for a while, gets to feel like a champion. This same principle affect people throughout their lifespan in both their goals and their responsibilities. [More]

August 17, 2017
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Bigger, Heavier, Wider, Stronger

August 17, 2017 09:01 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Plus sized model, Ashley Graham, revealed in a recent interview that although she weighs more than her husband, Justin Ervin, he feels like he’s bigger. This begs the question, why is a size comparison brought into the equation? Yes, the caveman had to be stronger than “his” woman since he was going out to capture wild animals. But today? We never hear of men going out with their bow and arrow to shoot a wooly mammoth. [More]

July 20, 2017
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Is it NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? Why Do We Care?

July 20, 2017 05:00 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Whether or not it is noticed or understood, it would be hard to find an individual who has not been stung by an encounter with someone who suffers from either NPD or ASD. A result of such a rendezvous would be the feeling that one was unworthy, invisible and, somehow, “less than “.This is exacerbated by the unexpected nature of the insult received. It would be safe, under these circumstances, to guess that one has been in contact with someone who is detached from the feelings that would be expected under normal circumstances. [More]