February 1, 2017
by Henry M. Pittman, MA
Defense Mechanisms are not bad or good, they just are. They are behaviors that inform us on how we naturally cope with uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, and stressors. If a persons thought pattern is irrational, then their behavior will follow as irrational as well. A way to better cope with stressors is to look at the good and the bad, the usefulness or uselessness of something. [More]
November 19, 2016
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT
Feeling blue from all the post-election drama?
You are not alone.
Presidential elections have always known to cause some anxiety and stress but the effects of this past election appear to be much more profound and pervasive. [More]
Michael Moore, the left-leaning filmmaker, called it in July. Moore is from Flint, Michigan and understands the experiences and concerns of individuals who live in the so-called Rust Belt. [More]
The questioning of the suitability of The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem is nothing new in American history. Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has refused to stand in honor of the flag that he believes is a symbol subjugation. His actions have reignited lingering questions regarding racism and patriotism. [More]
Homelessness is a chronic issue plaguing our society at large. Since the 2008 recession, the problem is not getting better but only worse. [More]
In 1938 Abel Meerpol, who was white and Jewish, wrote a poem entitled “Strange Fruit”. He added music in 1939. When Billie Holiday sang it at Cafe Society in Greenwich Village, which was the first integrated club in New York, it became a passionate and disturbing anthem for the Civil Rights movement.
The “Strange Fruit” referred to the lynchings of black men in the South. [More]
May 23, 2016
by Anne Kip Watson
The most preventable cause of death is obesity but it seems even the military is lightening up on this destructive American trend. In recent months, challenged with the potential of losing too many viable sailors, the United States Navy relaxed its body fat restrictions. [More]
The 2016 political season has been, notably, one of extreme discord with the threat of violence right below the surface.
Not since the Democratic convention of 1968 has there been such a display of radical differences of political opinion. [More]
The recent political debates have shown a less than desirable side of the candidates. Name calling, berating comments and even attacking the other candidate’s wife has become a part of the political arena. It appears [More]
Trump. Sanders. Clinton. Cruz. The fervor and fright around these presidential hopefuls is rapidly intensifying as the nation approaches Republican and Democratic conventions this Summer. Divisive topics are often discouraged in polite dialogue due to the relational conflict they may promote, as noted by the old adage, “Never talk about politics or religion at the dinner table.” However, new research sheds light [More]