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January 22, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Way Music Evokes Memories And Feelings Has The Potential To Help People With Emotional Disorders And Dementia

January 22, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

music emotion dementia
A new study, published in Scientific Reports, looked at how memories are able to influence our emotional responses induced by music and images. Traditionally different domains, music and pictures are usually studied separately. The current study aimed to renew research of emotional experiences evoked by music and pictures through comparison. [More]

January 9, 2019
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

new years resolution

New Year Resolutions: Achievable or Just Magical Thinking?

January 9, 2019 20:33 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

new years resolution
Perhaps a resolution is both possible and magical. There’s nothing wrong with magic per se if the belief in the magic is a force for forging ahead. Will the use of enchantment ensure the getting to where one wants to go? Be it January 1st, or a personal guardian angel, if that trust in an intangible helper steadies the way, no harm is done. [More]

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

remember or forget

Remember or Forget: The Conundrum Regarding the Confederacy

December 14, 2018 14:32 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

remember or forget
In the past few years there has been a lot of attention paid to monuments and memorials that honor members of the Confederacy who fought in the Civil War. The basic argument seems to be: A. We must honor our country’s history and maintain and preserve these remembrances of times past. B. The War was fought to ensure the continuance of slavery and, as such, was an abomination. There are no easy answers, and, certainly, no consensus. Is it healthier to learn from the past, to acknowledge that “the past is prologue” (Shakespeare, The Tempest). Or, is it better to start anew and put the past away? [More]

December 2, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

when balance fails

When Balance Fails

December 2, 2018 19:42 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

when balance fails
Unfortunately, self-examination is painful. One is confronted with perceived deficiencies in a world that demands perfection. Those who ignore life’s grey areas cannot understand or embrace self-love and empowerment. The belief that a situation is all good or all bad builds a barrier that obstructs acceptance and understanding. At first blush, it is tempting to project one’s feelings of deficiency onto an outside source — just like the ancient scapegoat. [More]