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Ruth Gordon Ruth Gordon, MA/MSW/LCSW

I bring with me +30 years of experience as a clinician. My Masters degrees are from: Assumption College, Worcester, MA, Master of Arts in Psychology & Counseling/ and Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA, an MSW in Clinical Social Work. This is the 11th year I have written a monthly newsletter that is sent to approximately 500 individuals. The archive can be found on my website,

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Naples, Florida
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November 16, 2020
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Losing — Why Does it Hurt so Bad?

November 16, 2020 15:49 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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There is a theory called “loss aversion”. Not every one agrees with this theory or, necessarily, believes that loss aversion is entirely to blame when one feels the sting of loss. Put simply, humans pay more attention to “losses” than to “wins”. In fact, each of these responses affect both brain and body.There are facts as well as speculation on the origin of this phenomenon. [More]

April 20, 2020
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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That Last Breath

April 20, 2020 11:27 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Across cultures it is accepted that it is a terrible thing to die alone. During the present covid-19 epidemic the televised vision of refrigerated trucks filled with the dead has been especially disturbing. Why is that? Of course it is tragic when large numbers of people die. It is also frightening. Part of what appears to be at play here is that the fear of being unknown and alone is projected on to what an individual,who is a witness, has conjured up in his/her mind as a picture of lives uncelebrated and discarded. [More]

February 11, 2020
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW


Heartache and Sustenance

February 11, 2020 09:08 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

Across cultural and religious norms, food has been symbolic for attempts to heal the hurt. Death leaves a hole. Some are far deeper and filled with more despair than others. The loss of a parent, a child, a spouse, a close friend, and/or the loss of a pet companion commonly leaves a feeling of emptiness. This emptiness may well engulf body and soul. Who to lean on? Who to pick up the role that has, literally, turned to dust? How to withstand the pain that cannot (and should not) be ignored? [More]

January 14, 2020
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW


Intermittent Fasting and Circadian Clock

January 14, 2020 09:45 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

Just about all species — humans, animals, plants and some microbes are influenced by their circadian clock. The circadian clock controls every hormone. It is found in the hypothalamus and is called the suprachiasmatic nucleus which is a cluster of nerve cells. The circadian clock serves as a master clock in one’s anatomy. It coordinates every biological clock in the body in virtually every tissue and organ. The so-called intermittent fasting diet was the most popular dietary regimen in 2019. There are several avenues of approach to this method of eating. Some appear, scientifically, to provide a more successful experience than others. [More]