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Psychiatric Name Calling

Psychopath, narcissist, borderline, etc. Psychiatric nomenclature, revised recently for the fifth or sixth time, does a poor job of defining disease. The problem is that most serious psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia or manic-depressive illness have no...

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To Sue or Not To Sue

The decision on whether or not to sue someone is first of all a legal question; but there are also psychological reasons to sue or not to sue. I am not a lawyer, but I’ve been involved in a number of lawsuits as an expert witness and, more commonly, as a therapist to...

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Typos in the Constitution

Cruel and/or unusual punishment The following is an excerpt from a speech I would have given to the “True Independence Day Club” on July 3, 1996 if they had asked me. “Thank you for asking me here today, a special day in our history: the two hundredth and twentieth...

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