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Why it’s so hard to say you’re sorry…

Dr. Paul
A reminder to apologize.

It doesn’t have to be.

The other day, I found myself barking at Diane over a simple request. Yes, I had plenty of reasons for being irritable. It had been a long day, I was tired and hungry, and while her request was simple, it came at the end of several other demands.

All of those “explanations and justifications”, were, well, just excuses. I was in the wrong. I went about my business, but the next morning I left her a note apologizing for my snarky attitude the night before. I was fortunate; she had already let it go and written off my bad behavior. She took no offense. Read more about Why it’s so hard to say you’re sorry…

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New Years Resolutions Revisited

Dr. Paul
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Once again, it’s that time of year. On New Year’s Eve the clock strikes midnight and a new year is born. When I wake up on Thursday morning, will I be reborn? Sadly, I will still be a somewhat paunchy, (although I have great muscle definition underneath all of that fat!) balding, middle-aged guy, with a bunch of good and bad habits. Despite 2014’s good intentions, I haven’t changed much the last year.

I guess it’s time to go back to sleep! Read more about New Years Resolutions Revisited

It’s all about the small things…

Dr. Paul
It's all about love pink heart.

You don’t have to be dying to review and re-order your priorities. The diagnosis of cancer sends folks into a radical revamping of their lives. What is important to me? Are those elements front and center in my everyday life? Read more about It’s all about the small things…

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Is there a reason for everything?

Dr. Paul
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As a psychologist, hearing about misfortune and tragedy is my daily fare. How do adults understand and make sense out of unexpected loss or life reversals?

An interesting article (“Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” New York Times, October 19,2014, by Konika Banerjee and Paul Bloom) describes a young man who was seriously injured at the Boston Marathon in 2013. After numerous surgeries and months of rehabilitation, he developed a relationship with one of his nurses. Announcing their engagement, he wrote—“I now realize why I was involved in this tragedy. It was to meet the love of my life.” Read more about Is there a reason for everything?

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