Monthly Archives: May 2013

Inclinations

FreePsychArticles#17            Inclinations Everyone has inclinations.   In Chassidut two broad categories are discussed:  The good inclination (yetzer tov) and the evil inclination (yetzer hara).   Within the yetzer hara is an array of ‘sub-sections’ called “tie-vahs” or personal desires.    They are too numerous to mention but … Continue reading

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Freedom Through Action

FreePsychArticles#16   THE FOUR WORLDS:  Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsberg spoke once on Parshas Beshalach, when B’nai Yisroel arrives at the Yom Sof (Reed Sea) and sees the Egyptian chariots in pursuit while the escape route is blocked by a great sea.   … Continue reading

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Azamra: Seeing the Good

FreePsychArticles#15             AZAMRA: Seeing The Good Rebbe Nachman of Breslav taught: “Know! One must judge every person favorably.  Even if someone is a complete sinner, one must seek to discover within him some good point which … Continue reading

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Limitations

FreePsychArticles#14  The Pinball Machine: Dealing with Limitations In the year of my birth, 1947, the pinball machine arcade game underwent a developmental change.   Humpty Dumpty was the first pinball game to add player-controlled flippers to keep the ball in play longer … Continue reading

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Ecology of Mental Health, Part II

FreePsychArticles#13           The Ecology of Psychiatry, Part II: Arousal and Diagnosis Accurate diagnosis is the basis for all clinical intervention in mental health.   There are known short-comings in the current model of psychiatric diagnosis, which may … Continue reading

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The Model of Kosher

FreePsychArticles#12  Kosher and Not Kosher Jewish (kosher) dietary laws have always been a source of curiosity for Jews and non-Jews alike.    Why can’t they eat pork?    Who understands why they can’t eat milk and meat together?   The … Continue reading

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Ecology of Mental Health, Part I

FreePsychArticles #11   The Ecology of Psychiatry What’s all the fuss?!   Everyone’s talking about “saving the planet, saving energy, balancing ecosystems and global warming.” It seems to be the consensus of many the planet is in trouble. What do … Continue reading

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