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ALL MYSTERIES START SOMEWHERE; THIS ONE STARTED IN A STRIP CLUB, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Some years ago, a friend had a bachelor party and invited a dozen friends out to dinner. After dinner, someone said, “Hey, let’s go to a strip bar”. An hour later, we were seated next to an s-shaped stage, as … Continue reading

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ARE WRITERS CRAZY TO SPEND THOUSANDS OF HOURS WRITING? By Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Can a writer get money, fame, prestige, and power if his work is successful? Sure, but how many Conroys, Salingers, or Twains will actually emerge from today’s millions of hungry scribes, and can those few produce characters like Tom Wingo, … Continue reading

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WHY DO MEN REALLY GO TO STRIP BARS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I’m talking about the regulars, the guys who get hooked and blow hundreds and hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars. It might start off innocently enough. A group of guys go out for a night of bonding and laughs and … Continue reading

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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT FANTASY? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

He was dressed in a black tux and she wore a strapless white gown. Hesitantly, he raised her veil and gazed into her dark brown eyes. She gazed back and sighed deeply. The minister said with a smile, “You may … Continue reading

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BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDERS CAN BE WONDERFUL…OR NOT, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

People with Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) are difficult – difficult to live with, difficult to get along with, and difficult to treat. Symptoms can include a history of unstable relationships, a fear of abandonment, impulsivity, suicidal or self-mutilating behavior, mood … Continue reading

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THE MIND AS AN INSTRUMENT, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

The mind can be played with the subtly and grace of a Stradivarius violin or as bullishly and aggressively as a bass drum. Listening to the voices from our unconscious is not an easy task. It means taking time to … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIAR AND A PERSON WHO LIES TO HIMSELF? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

A liar is a person who willfully deceives others. Lance Armstrong and Bernard Madoff lied to protect themselves, and in the process deeply hurt innocent people. A person who lies to himself is just a person, a regular human being … Continue reading

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HOW TO ENTER YOUR WRITER’S SOUL, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

What the heck is a writer’s soul? Just my way of trying to describe the creative place where ideas and passion are first conceived. Lately, I’ve been hooked on country music, the kind of stuff where lost love and dreams … Continue reading

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EVER THINK OF OWNING A STRIP CLUB? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Some years ago, a friend had a bachelor party and invited a dozen friends out to dinner. After dinner, someone said, “Hey, let’s go to a strip bar”.  An hour later, we were seated next to an s-shaped stage, as … Continue reading

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I LOVE THE LADY IN THE RED DRESS, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

A patient told me a haunting story. Forty years ago, a young man from New York had occasion to order a piece of machinery for his boss from a company in Virginia. The young woman he spoke to was engaging … Continue reading

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