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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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DO YOU CHASE YOUR PAST? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Last night, we attended a high school drama cafe night — students singing, playing guitars, folk music, rock and roll, jazz etc. What blew me away was the combination of energy, sincerity, off the charts costumes (their normal outfits), and … Continue reading

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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA – THE INVISIBLE TYPE, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Often, childhood isn’t all that dramatic. No beatings, no sexual abuse, and no drunken binges with screaming and knife throwing. It’s quietly and confusingly more like a Chinese water torture — an intermittant trickle of devaluing words, missed chances to … Continue reading

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BUY ART SMUKLER; YOU’LL LOSE 15 LBS AND FALL IN LOVE, by Art Smukler MD

All through college and part of med-school, I sold battery cables, ignition wire-sets and jumper cables. I loaded up the trunk of my car with hundreds of feet of cables and hawked them to gas stations and small auto accessory … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, I AM IRONMAN! by Art Smukler MD

A few months ago, I was watching the Adventures of Ironman, with Dylan, the 3-year-old son of a friend. As we sat together in the dark family room, Dylan said, “Uncle Art, I like Ironman.” “He is cool,” I answered. … Continue reading

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GET MY MOTHER OUT OF ME! by Art Smukler MD

“I can’t change,” the 40-year-old man said during a therapy session. “So what that I know and accept that my mother is selfish and ungiving? What good does that do me? Knowing is fine, but so what?” “You mentioned that … Continue reading

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EVERYBODY NEEDS A THIRD EAR, by Art Smukler MD

A psychiatrist uses his intellect and intuition to diagnosis and treat a patient. Theodore Reik, a Freudian era psychoanalyst called the intuitive part, Listening with the Third Ear. It means getting beneath the surface of what someone is saying, feeling … Continue reading

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BE HEALTHY! HATE YOUR PARENTS, by Art Smukler MD

To hate your parents, really feel it, is against the judeao-christian¬†ethic, society, and our own inbred belief system. In my psychiatric practice, countless patients have spent many hours “discovering” how they really feel about their mother and father. Even the … Continue reading

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YO CONGRESS, BE LIKE SGT. DAKOTA MEYER. CROSS THE LINE! by Art Smukler MD

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor winner, saved 3 dozen fellow marines and the remains of 4 fallen comrades. At the time he defied orders, he was a 21-year-old corporal. He was told to Not take action! He defied orders … Continue reading

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THAT’S WHY YOU MAKE THE BIG BUCKS by Art Smukler MD

“Doctor, I’m thinking of giving up writing.” “Why?” “How many John Grishams, Lee Childs and Lawrence Blocks can there be? The chances of making it are harder than getting into med school. Much harder!” The psychiatrist nods. “It’s hopeless. These … Continue reading

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