Monthly Archives: July 2010

Spotting a Sociopath: The Top Three Tells – by Dr. Gary Small

Sociopaths are people who think only of themselves.  They have no conscience or empathy.  Whether it’s an Ernie Madoff, Adolf Hitler or Charles Manson, they wreak havoc on other people’s lives. But what about the everyday sociopath who sneaks into … Continue reading

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De-Clutter Your Life – by Gigi Vorgan

My girlfriend was in from New York and stood in my bathroom convulsing in laughter, “You don’t have shampoo? Not any?” She sputtered. “Well, no. You can use the kids’.” I said. For some reason this made her laugh even … Continue reading

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Why Do You Need a Therapist if You Can Talk to a Good Friend? – by Dr. Gary Small

A psychiatrist or therapist, unlike a friend, has no agenda of their own when listening.  When a friend gives you advice, he may be thinking about how your actions will affect him, as well as you.  When you’re in therapy, … Continue reading

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You’re Only Young As You Feel – by Gigi Vorgan

I was savoring my ritual cappuccino across the street from my dentist’s office as I did every time I went there, when this incredibly handsome young guy sat down two tables over. Our eyes met and he smiled seductively. I … Continue reading

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Serial Addiction – by Dr. Gary Small

When we think of addition, alcohol or drugs usually comes to mind, but a person can get addicted to almost anything they enjoy:  food, tobacco, sex, gambling, the Internet, or even videogames. Some people have addictive personalities.  When they “kick … Continue reading

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Is Technology Fracturing Your Family? – by Dr. Gary Small

For the past two decades, I have been developing advanced technologies to help us understand how the brain functions and changes over time. My group at UCLA invented a brain scanning technique that can detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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No More Mr. Nice Mom – by Gigi Vorgan

My best friend’s daughter was about to finish her senior year in high school, but she’d had senioritis since 11th grade. She used to have stellar grades, star in all the school plays, and lead the student council to new … Continue reading

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