At 5yo, I vividly recall sitting on the floor in front of our living room TV watching Spiderman. I can still recite the theme song. And even though the TV was black-and-white, I remember the show in color. Perhaps this says something about a child's imagination or revisionist history, but I've always wondered why this … Continue reading What an American Superhero Looks Like
Dear Mitch, I'm not Black. I don't know how it feels to be Black. But I am Jewish. And no matter how much time elapses between past and present, Jews will hold Germany responsible for the Holocaust. No matter how many generations pass, my family will feel a kinship with my Polish grandfather, who lost … Continue reading A Letter to Mitch
Attention Democratic Presidential Candidates: You've studied the issues, honed your policy proposals, reviewed videos, consulted political experts, prepared remarks and practiced with surrogates. But have you talked to a psychotherapist? Naturally, you will be anxious. Any time you feel emotionally invested in something (eg.; a job interview; medical diagnosis; first date) and you don't have … Continue reading The Debate Myth: Advice from a therapist
There was a time when I thought Americans were above this, that we were special. I thought what happened in WWII Germany could never happen here. "We're not that naive," I thought, "not that dispassionate."As an American Jew, I grew up learning about the Holocaust; this is what happens when "good men do nothing." I … Continue reading We’re no different. Neither are they.
After his sterling performance at the 75th Commemoration of D-Day, the news media pondered if Trump really meant what he read from the teleprompter. When asked about this, one legislator even suggested Trump seemed emotionally moved by the experience. I understand holding out hope Trump will change - just as I understand why a battered … Continue reading The Media’s Missed Opportunity
Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I repeatedly heard politicians, pundits and voters predict or at least express hope that, if elected, Donald Trump would "rise to the occasion" or "surround himself with good people." It infuriated me. As a mental health practitioner, I knew this would not happen. More than his policy or … Continue reading How Our Cultural Ignorance of Mental Health Helped Elect Donald Trump