Dr. John V. Farrar
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SOCRATES – THE CLIFF NOTES

I cannot teach people anything; I can only make them think. Socrates SOCRATES - THE CLIFF NOTESOne of the many blessings of my married life is an intelligent spouse with an active mind. For no apparent reason, my wife Anita suggested that we generate a two-person...

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A CASE FOR CIVILITY

The open-minded see the truth in different things; the narrow –minded see only the differences. AnonymousDuring the course of a recent discussion about current events, I referenced the parable of “the blind men from India and the elephant.” For those of you not...

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THE ROOT CAUSE

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. MenckenI recently had occasion read one of my graduate student’s papers. The assignment was to explore elements of a rather complex topic, and the student had done a thorough and articulate...

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HOW DO YOU MAKE PURPLE?

Paragraph Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique. D.B. Harrop Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make...

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I ALWAYS WANTED A LITTLE GIRL

Prologue to Open Verse My lovely wife serves a multitude of roles in our tidy home. Functioning as something between historian, editor, decorator, travel agent, organizer and janitor, Anita recently rummaged through the archives of our lives as expressed in our...

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“YOU ARE ONLY CHEATING YOURSELF.”

How many of us can recall hearing this message when we were kids? As an elementary school student, I remember being puzzled by this intonation. While I understood the difference between being good or bad, as well as the distinction between honesty and dishonesty, the...

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Are You Worth More Than 89 Cents?

Science tells us that our body is worth exactly 89 cents in chemicals, post- mortem. That doesn’t do much for our self-esteem, does it? The good news is that we all have an opportunity to “add value” to our personal worth. Before we go forth with this topic, however,...

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ARE YOU BLINDED BY YOUR BLIND SPOTS?

The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none. Carlyle In 1955, Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham created the heuristic tool, the Johari Window. The purpose of the “window” is for all of us to gain a higher level of self-understanding. The Johari Window has four...

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I’M SORRY

“Any good apology has 3 parts: 1) I’m sorry ; 2) It’s my fault ; 3) What can I do to make it right? Most people forget the third part." One of the few oases in what Newton Minnow once famously referred to as “a vast wasteland” (he meant television), is the NBC series...

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C’MON! BE HONEST!

It is January 6 as I am composing the first newsletter of the year. My readers will likely not receive or get to it for a few more days. By then, most of you will have done one (or two) of the following: 1. Made New Year’s resolution(s) 2. Broken #1 3. Not made any...

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Thoughts. Behaviors. Feelings. These are the three pillars of the Farrars' approach to counseling. As a cognitive counselor, Dr. John believes our behaviors and feelings stem from our thoughts.

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Dr. John & Anita treat both adults and adolescents on topics including chemical dependency, couples and family counseling, as well as employment-related problems and issues, with emphasis on not having to use recreational or prescribed substances.

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Dump the Neanderthal, Choose Your Prime Mate

Dr. John draws upon years of experience and his work with over 300 women to identify six reasons why women choose dysfunctional and under-achieving partners.

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Dr. John is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter, able to convey his cognitively-oriented messages to audiences with a clear and entertaining style.

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