WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF HONESTY?

Oh, what tangled webs we weave, When first we practice to deceive. -Sir Walter Scott On the surface, the answer to the above question seems obvious. It must be dishonesty. And yet, more often than not, the other end of the continuum that has honesty on one side has a...

Can You Really Boil a Frog?

For a long time, the metaphor of “boiling a frog” has engaged me. It is based upon the notion that, if thrown into a cauldron of boiling water, the frog would jump out. Conversely, it has been postulated that a frog in room temperature water could be lulled and...

Newtown: What Can We Do?

All of us have been struck by the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Inevitably, debates and questions involving gun control, early identification of possible mental illness and new or enhanced security measures for schools skyrocket in myriad directions....

WE’RE ALL RECOVERING FROM SOMETHING

As most of my readers know, I am a professor training future professional counselors and in private practice with a specialty in treating negative addictions. In that context, the concept of “recovery,” – overcoming one’s dependence on alcohol, drugs, gambling,...

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FEATHERS GONE?

I once had the opportunity to hear the former Detroit Tigers beloved broadcaster, Ernie Harwell, speak. I believe he was loved largely because of his overall good nature and affability. During his talk, he made the non-baseball observation that one of his goals in...

NEAT-NICK OR A SLOB?

Are you a Scrooge or a spendthrift? Do you vacillate or act impulsively? Do you procrastinate or fret prematurely over distant obligations or tasks (Christmas shop in July?) Have you ever missed out on an investment opportunity because of fear and the fact that you’re...