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The Insults of Donald Trump

When it comes to insulting people, Mr. Donald Trump is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on steroids. That said, I hasten to add that I wish neither of these guys any ill will. I’m sure that if I personally got to meet either of them, I would find that they had a number of fine qualities. Like Will Rogers, I never met a person I…

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MY APA Speech On An Alternative to Psychiatric Jargon

On August 8, 2015, I spoke at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that was held in Toronto, Canada. My speech was part of a two hour symposium titled: “Beyond the DSM–Current Trends in Devising New Diagnostic Alternatives.” The DSM’s letters stand for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  It is currently used by most mental health professionals to classify people seeking mental health services….

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Bob Dylan On Luck And Respect

You say that you’re down on your luck. Well, most of us have found ourselves down there. I know I have, so, welcome to the club. It just so happens that how you handle this period of time can lead you to lose your self-respect, and for others to also lose their respect for you; or it can be a great period of time during…

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Mean Bosses

This blog has frequently advocated that it is beneficial for all if we treat others respectfully. At times we focussed on a respectful way to provide negative criticism–no glares, insults, threats, or shouts, and with enough details so that the criticized person, if he or she wills, can improve the behavior, idea, or appearance. At other times, we focussed on the best way to respond to…

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Comics, Conflicts and the Desire to be Liked

Habitual ways of acting often can’t be overcome by a single discussion. Thus, it helps to bring before our conscience some ideas a few times over the course of several months.  With that in mind, let’s review some of the ideas we have discussed earlier on this blog about conflict and the desire to be liked.  By utilizing a fresh new batch of comics I…

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Insults Amongst Friends: Why We Do It

A group of my male friends and I get together about once a month to play a little poker. Because my wife and I did some traveling last winter, I happened to miss a couple of these fun events. Upon my return, I was notified of when the next poker night would occur. As I arrived, one of my buddies, noticing my entrance, cried out,…

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On Brooklyn Wisdom for Responding to Insults

When his father lost his job because of a serious illness, John qualified for a free lunch pass at school.  The first time John showed the cashier at the school’s lunch line his pass, Fred, a husky boy standing behind John, started to laugh and cry out to others, “Hey guys, get a load of this! John has a free lunch pass. What’s the matter, John,…

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Insults Amongst Friends

This coming Wednesday I’m going to be a guest on the “Anger 911” radio show. The host of the show, Janet Pfeiffer, is an expert on anger and a TV personality, appearing on such networks as “Fox News,” “CNN,”  “ABC News,” “CBS News,” “Lifetime,” and “The 700 Club.” She has also written two books, The Secret Side of Anger and The Great Truth: Shattering Life’s Most Insidious Lies That…

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Bob Dylan On Happiness

Today, once again we’re going to take a look at that treasure of an emotion, happiness.  I’ve written recently on this blog two related posts, “The Desire for Happiness” and “Hope and Happiness as Emotions.” The topic of happiness is relevant to insults and respect in a variety of ways. For example, if you tell people that your goal of life is to be happy,…

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Special Education Name Calling: Is It Time to Put a Stop to It?

Today, every child is entitled to a free appropriate public education.  If someone, such as an educator or parent, becomes concerned about a child’s progress at school, he or she is obligated to refer the child to the Committee on Special Education (CSE). The CSE is made up of a multidisciplinary team, the parent, and, if parents want to bring in other people for advice,…

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