Back to School and Bully’s — “Safe Haven or what?”

BE A FRIEND DON’T BE A BULLY At the end of this past school year I noticed the above electric sign outside of a local elementary school. Now that school is back in session, it seems like the right  time to address the issue of bullying and the impact on our children in the West Los […]

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Father’s and Daughter’s – “Daddy’s Little Girl”

As a psychoanalyst I treat families.  The configuration may change but  everyone is part of a larger family unit.  When I  focus on  fathers and daughters, a particular pattern emerges.  I often observe Dads  who are unsure  how to relate to their daughters.  There is frequently a sense of bewilderment in how to stay close […]

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Undergoing the Situation: Emotional Dwelling Is More Than Empathic Understanding

The person with understanding does not know and judge as one who stands apart and unaffected; but rather, as one united by a specific bond with the other, he thinks with the other and undergoes the situation with him. (Gadamer, 1975, p. 288) Traditional notions of therapeutic empathy have been pervaded by the Cartesian doctrine […]

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