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“PSYCHOBIOSOCIOGEOPOLITICOECONOMIC”

In my opinion, symptoms, typically, do not occur within a vacuum but, rather, within an ‘n’-dimensional, multi-latticed, multi-tiered, multi-multipled context! This multi-dimensioned context provides a crucial staging ground from within which, and out from which, the adaptive meaning, purpose and value of any given “symptom” becomes readily identifiable and, eventually, understandable, albeit, relative to its experienced context. The context is, simultaneously, one which is predicated upon a certain “consensual reality,” as well as, the “subjective experiential reality” of the individual (or group) afflicted by their unique or particular symptoms. Years ago, it occurred to me that an “effect” could, theoretically, be a result of a neces......
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Child's Lament

Is life so dear

Or death so near

That victories are our food?

Competition is tough

And winning is rough

And our mannerisms are crude.

Is striving for gains

Or wracking our brains

For wealth and ugly power...

All that we are living for

In these rugged

Uncomfortable hours?

Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Personal Mentor


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Mentoring Moment

Disciple: “Lost I am, now must I what do?”Master: “A path you seek, may search I with you?” Disciple: “Direction implore I, do still I forsooth!”Master: “Illusion is maya, truth is truth.” Disciple: “Is maya of maya, not the ideal?”Master: “Illusion is illusion, only real is real.” Disciple: “Found I am, now know I my way.”Master: (Nothing need more, Master must say.) Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Personal Mentor PMS Blog Comments Policy | PMS Copyright | PMS Disclaimer | PMS Citation Information www.personalmentoringservices.com © 2015 Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA), Personal Mentoring Services (PMS) Dr. Larry B. ......
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"Time Heals" Absolutely Nothing!

It is said that “time heals all wounds...” But I know that “time heals” absolutely nothing! Time is a very clever hypothetical construct. It can be defined in a great many ways... But it must not be defined in all ways. There is a certain palpable relativity... To the absoluteness of the construct. If you think about it a little bit... I think you will see, perhaps, A little bit of what I mean. Because what passes with the passage of time... Is just time! That is to say, Time passes with the passage of time! But time, per se, Is only a ......
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"Feelings Aren't Right"

“Feelings aren’t right.”They simply exist to orient us to what we need, want or require. Affective experience is an ontogenetic precursor to cognition.Developmentally, feelings occur long before our thinking with language is possible. As such, feelings are pre-verbal and pre-logical.Again, they simply exist to orient us to what we need, want or require. A feeling is a transitory emotional state which will vary according to context.To state this point differently, all feelings are subject to change! Affective experience is the emotional iceberg below the visible tip of the felt feeling.It comprises any given feeling in relation to the experiencing of the entir......
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"FINE"

  Doctor: “How are you?”Patient: “Fine. Doctor: “What would you like to talk about today?”Patient: “Nothing much.” Doctor: “How come?”Patient: “Because I’m fine.” Doctor: “What exactly do you mean by fine?”Patient: “I thought you’d never ask!”   “F” stands for fucked-up.”“I” stands for inconsolable.”“N” stands for nothingness.”“E” stands for empty.” “I’m fine!”“And how are you? Interestingly, the patient smiled when the doctor inquired as to what was meant by the use of the word, “fine.” Later it was admitted that the doctor, alone, had “passed the test” which “more than a dozen other doctors” had failed. The “test” was to see if the doctor had the authentic wherewithal to deeply and profoundly respect t......
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Catching a Chimp

I once heard a story; About a very clever method; For catching a chimp. To be sure, I confess; I am truly uncertain; As to the true veracity of the tale; Yet, whether true or false; The implications are; Quite utterly profound! Start with an elongated; Heavy metal or ceramic urn; New or used will do; Do not monkey around! Put a tasty banana; Or olfactorily-pleasing cookie; At the very bottom; Of the weighty container; Now simply relax and wait; For soon you will see; A curious chimp; Actually a chimpanzee; Will sniff a tempting treat; With greed and desire; Arm......
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"Numbers Are Good!"

She started to panic.“Are you ok?” “No!”“Something wrong?” “Yes, I feel faint.”“What do you need?” “Do you have any sugar?”“How about some honey in tea?” “Perfect”, said she.“Crackers, too?” “That will do!”“Diabetic, are you?” “Yes.”“Last time you checked?” “Blood sugar?”“Yes.” “This morning.”“What did it show?” “Numbers are good!”“Could readings be wrong?” “Numbers are good!”“Could tester be flawed?” “Numbers are good!”“Could diet be an issue?” “Numbers are good!Could drug-interactions be a problem? “Numbers are good!”“But you’re clearly not!” “Maybe numbers aren’t so good?”“Hmm”, said I. “But the numbers said...”“Ah, the numbers said!” And then, I said: “Numbers are numbers...And good is good... But if you’re not good...Then you’re not good... Even if numbers are good.”“Hmm”, said she. Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelma......
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"I Ain't Got None"

My love of words was engendered by my mother. She was a master at feeding her three small children as a single parent with nary a nickel to work with and yet she always was able to cook-up a concatination (i.e., plethora) of etymologic sustenance. Words were requisite ingredients to cook-up lofty ideas and aspirational values associated with high hopes, dreams and good wishes. Interestingly, while her vocabulary was not particularly erudite she had a predilection for artful linguistic structure and, as an interesting aside, her penmanship was artful, too. I vividly recall one particular Saturday morning when I was just......
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5 Answers to Every Question

In my opinion, there are at least 5 answers to every question! 1. A 2. B 3. Both A and B 4. Neither A and B 5. Or something else we’re not smart-enough to know right now. The typical reply to a question is usually positional or A. The typical counter reply is usually oppositional, i.e., not A, or B. A: “The sky is blue.”B: “The sky is not blue.” A: “My religion is the one and only true religion.”B: “Your religion is not the one and only true religion.” A: “I’m OK, you’re not.”B: “No, I’m OK, you’re not.” When we dichotomize our answers and co......
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Inciting Insight and Activating Action

The purpose of my writing is to “incite insight” and to “activate action.” I have no objection to ideas and efforts which differ from my own. In fact, I welcome them. My humble goal is to think and judge and act for myself. Along the way, I may have an opportunity to invite others to think and judge and act for themselves but only if they are receptive to my voice. Truly, I am unaware of any particular need for me to be right or to foist my particular way upon anyone else. I am but only one small voice in a unive......
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