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Yearning to Become a Child When I Grow Up

Giving Free Rein to the Child Within Us The expression “getting in touch with one’s inner child” is something of a cliché that refers to a desire to engage in thinking and behavior characteristic of childhood.  It carries a positive connotation, the notion being that...

The Toxic Homophobia of the TV Sitcom “Friends”

The sitcom Friends, which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004, was and remains a cultural phenomenon.  Over the course of ten seasons, it took us through the lives of six young New Yorkers, garnering huge audiences during its initial run, as well as its continuing...

“Mirroring” In a Dating Context: Narcissism, Bonding, or Both?

Some years ago, I was on a date with a guy at a bar.  He ordered his drink from the bartender, and then I ordered my drink which was different from his.  To my surprise, he immediately changed his drink order to the drink that I was having. This may seem like an...

The Quakers: They’re About More Than Just Oatmeal

Recently, I started attending Quaker Meetings in New York.  (The formal name given to Quakers is “The Religious Society of Friends,” and they refer to each other as “Friends.”)  I had long been interested in Quakerism; the value it places on authenticity,...

Power: Wisdom and Warnings

Power.  I define it as the ability to make events and circumstances conform to one’s will.  This, of course, presupposes the ability to compel or convince others to act in pursuit of that aim. My interest in the subject of power sparked a desire to examine what some...