Saturday, October 25, 2014

So You Want a More Solitary Existence: Making a reclusive life work.

In yesterday’s article, I made the case that our perhaps most underconsidered lifestyle is reclusiveness, the largely solitary existence. In response, I received comments and private emails requesting another article about it. 

So in today's article, I offer some thoughts on how one might make a reclusive life work.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Recluse Option: Why the solitary lifestyle merits more consideration.

Most people wouldn’t dream of becoming a recluse. After all, we’re said to be social animals, not to mention sexual ones. 

Yet the freedoms afforded by the solitary lifestyle are many—and underconsidered, hence it's the topic of my article today.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The First Date: Thoughts on how to do a first date well.

In the first installment in this is series, I described how I helped my client develop her plan for meeting Mr. Right. In the second installment, I offered advice on how you might handle a first meeting—I used the example of  a chance encounter in a bookstore.
HERE is the link.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So You Met Someone You Might Want to Date. Now What?

In a recent article, I described how I helped a client develop a plan for meeting Mr. Right.

A reader asked, “So you’ve met him. Now what?”

My article today offers some ideas on what to do when you've met someone you might want to date.
HERE is the link. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beyond SSRIs and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: What are other approaches to mild to moderate depression?

Recently on I interviewed Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).on how to treat depression.

That interview as been gnawing at me ever since. You see, the advice he gave is pretty much what has been recommended for a decade or more, that most people with mild to moderate depression are best treated with an SSRI (like Prozac and Zoloft) and/or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT.)

In my admittedly anecdotal experience, having been career and personal coach to many people with depression, their most common experience is that the drug yields some benefit, typically taking the edge off their depression but often, the effect wears off. And the side-effects are often problematic, for example, sexual dysfunction, flattened affect, nausea, and drowsiness. People often go off the medication feeling unsure that the benefits outweigh the side effects

And my clients’ typical experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it helps but, pardon the pun, it’s no magic pill.

Without turning to the treatments usually reserved for severe depression such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) or vagus nerve stimulation, what else seems worthy of trial? I address that question in my article today. HERE is the link

Monday, October 20, 2014

When Online Dating Isn’t Right for You

Most people first come to see me for career coaching but occasionally our work also involves my helping the client find a mate. 

My article today describes how I helped one woman develop her plan. HERE is the link.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Voting Smart

Political candidates spend a fortune to manipulate us into voting for them. My article identifies some tricks to watch out for and offers a simple way to vote smart.
HERE  is the link.

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