Category Archives: Self Examination

Looking beneath the surface to understand why we do what we do

POLITICS THE NEW WAY, by Art Smukler MD, psychiatrist

How many political beatings does it take before ethical politicians understand that the world as they know it has changed? The last fiasco was Elizabeth Warren’s silly response to Trump’s challenge that she really didn’t have the DNA of an … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

My best teachers and friends are people who listen and learn from what they hear, read and see. They are big enough to admit they might be wrong and big enough to correct any flawed thinking. The biggest people are … Continue reading

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REMEMBER WHEN TRUMP STOOD FOR QUALITY AND ELEGANCE? by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Twenty plus years ago, a guy I know suggested that ten of us pitch in and buy a unit at Trump Tower in NYC. We each needed to pony up around $100,000. Well, it seemed like a lot of money … Continue reading

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THE BATTERED REPUBLICAN SYNDROME, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

The “Battered Wife Syndrome” is a term exemplifying how women are afraid to stand up to their bullying, battering husbands. It is another form of PTSD that is exemplified by the abuser having complete control over the “helpless” woman. Then, … Continue reading

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STICKS & STONES CAN BREAK MY BONES BUT NAMES CAN NEVER HURT ME…NOT! by Art Smukler

Remember the old cliche’ used by parents and teachers to “train” a child to control his anger? “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me.” Well, the theory goes that name calling can’t physically hurt … Continue reading

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ARE THERE ANY ETHICAL LAWYERS OUT THERE? by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Harvard Law professor emeritus, Alan Dershowitz, just stated on Meet the Press that the Trump team is playing into the hands of Mueller’s team. By not speaking in a single narrative they are hurting themselves and Trump’s defense. That’s all … Continue reading

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POTUS AND PROPECIA, WHY IT’S IMPORTANT, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Dr. Harold Bornstein MD is now Trump’s enemy. He admitted that his 35-year-long patient, Donald Trump, used Propecia to keep his orange locks robust and healthy. Given the situation, most of us would shrug, take out our Fonzi combs, and … Continue reading

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THROUGH THE WORMHOLE TO 1972 – THE STATE HOSPITAL IS BACK! by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

My morning bike ride, on the bike path between Santa Monica and Venice, CA, was especially poignant, but not for the obvious reasons. Interspersed among fellow bike riders, hardy girls in bikinis (It was a nippy 62), hardcore volleyballers, walkers … Continue reading

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IDOLATRY IS STILL PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Ancient civilizations used inanimate objects, animals, and multiple gods to pledge their allegiance and find solace in life’s travails. Obviously there were many! No microwaves. No Netflix. No Facebook. No coronary stents. No Middle East crisis. No Trump lookalikes. Well, … Continue reading

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666, THE DEVIL, THE DONALD & POOR, POOR JARED, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Do you believe in symbols? The devil? 666 as the devil’s number? Even atheists have to admit that there is evil in the world. Men and women who lie, manipulate, and cheat without any sense of conscience. Guilt for them … Continue reading

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