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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, January/February

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REPUBLICANS AND HEALTH CARE THE FAILURE OF HEALTH CARE  reform last year was bad news for therapists. The real possibility existed, if only for a few months, that some form of mental health parity in health insurance would be written into law. Arbitrary...
Eight Things We Know about Time
TIME IS RELATIVE: This is an article about time. It took me three months to write. You should finish it in about five minutes. Tops.TIME IS PA1NFULLY CYCLICAL: There is no point in the week where the passage of time is felt with more poignancy than...
PERSPECTIVES; Father Knows Squat: TV Parents Used to Be Wise and Stable; Now, They're Stupid or Dead
IN THE OPENING EPISODE OF THE NEW TELEVISION SHOW "My So-Called Life," the lead character, a depressed 15-year-old girl, says to herself, "Lately I can't seem to even look at my mother without wanting to stab her repeatedly." You could call this reality,...
Prisoners of Time
The Gift of Play Using improvisation in the therapy room LAURIE AND I ARE BOTH NERVOUS, BUT WHEN OUR IMprovisation team captain motions us to get on stage, we jump out there. Laurie immediately becomes "Suzie," an attractive woman working out at a health...
SCREENING ROOM; Brains: Progressing from the Trivial to the Banal
QUIZ SHOW IS ROBERT REDFORD'S RICHLY ENTERTAINING, but sadly unpopular examination of the TV quiz show scandals of 1956. According to Redford, that is the point at which we lost another layer of innocence by learning to our horror that the new medium...
SHORT STORY: PlANET BULIMIA
I SIT IN CLASS KNOWING I'LL DO IT.I don't care about the miracles of cellular biology. I don't care about Mrs. Helms's chalk marks on the board. I care about frozen yogurt. I think how cool it is. Cold. The sweet and the sour. Vanilla raspberry swirl...
Stopping the Clock: Stopping the Clock
IT HAD BEEN ONE OF THOSE DAYS, BOTH TOO SHORT TO get everything done that needed doing and far too long a grueling, losing race against the clock. I returned home after seeing my last client and began throwing dinner together, while my 8-year-old son,...
The Age of of Interruption: The Age of of Interruption
TIME IS THE MEDIUM IN WHICH WE LIVE. IT IS THE psychological, mental and emotional air we breathe; and, like air, it is transmuted within us and becomes us. There is inner time our personal sense of the rhythms of time, experienced differently by each...
The Art of Living: The Art of Living
BY ROBERT GRUDIN ONE OP THE MOST MYSTERIOUS operations of time is the way in which things silently divorce themselves from us and slip into the past. We are like people climbing out of an immensely deep valley on a trail which only occasionally allows...
THE BUSINESS OF THERAPY; Helping Therapists Take Charge: More and More Clinicians Are Hiring Practice Consultants
EIGHT YEARS AGO, AFTER 20 YEARS WORKING AS A licenced psychiatric technician in state mental hospitals, Gloria finally saved enough money to start a private practice and said good-bye to hospital accreditation, dictatorial program directors and administrators...
Time Shifting: Time Shifting
WHEN I FIRST HEARD OF PHYSICIAN STEPHAN RECHTSCHAFFEN and his theories about how busy people can learn to live a more balanced life and escape being trapped under the sweep-second hand of time, I had just ended a two-week run during which I bounced a...
Uncle Andre
ONE ATTRACTION YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS AT THIS SPRING'S Network Symposium will be a screening of Vanya on ' 42nd Street, a film based on an unusual staging of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by director Andre Gregory, who mill be one of the Symposium's...