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Considerations for the Latter Third of Life
Roberta Satow Ph.D.
We are all advised to plan for the future. But is there a time when you need to live in the present because you don't know how much future is left?
After a lifetime of focusing on "shoulds," getting older, if we are lucky, can mean focusing on "wants."
Are you surprised at what your children tell you is bad for the kids?
Many caregivers decide to have their older relative move in with them. This is a major life decision and should be made cautiously.
The markedly schizoid person cannot compromise, yet, ironically, his whole life is a compromise position (one foot in and one foot out) in order to avoid commitment.
Why is it so hard to apologize?
Three of Freud's concepts still distinguish psychoanalytic treatment from cognitive varieties — regression, transference, and resistance.
In 1991, 20 million viewers watched as Anita Hill was compelled to answer humiliating questions by contemptuous male senators. Has the worm turned?
Are you stilted in your career because of fear of failure? Or are you a self-destructive risk-taker? Either way, your reality testing is distorted.
Does creativity involve taking risks?
Does Kumail Nanjiani's relationship with his parents ring bells for you?
How does writing promote the self development?
Are there opportunities for adult siblings to understand and work out unresolved issues that are lurking from childhood?
Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s milestones. But no matter how close you are to your son or daughter and his/her spouse, you’re bound to have different ideas about it.
Trump supporters are still convinced he will "do the right thing" despite everything he says to the contrary. They hold on to their fantasy that he is "on their side."
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) without protecting people with pre-existing illnesses will cause the most pain among people who supported Trump for President.
Is getting old getting you down? Distinguishing between sadness and depression.
Are hypochondriacs faking? Many doctors get angry at patients with imaginary symptoms because they can be insistent and stubborn in their demand for a cure to their ailment.
Do you find it difficult to say you're sorry?
Do you know someone who cycles between idealization and devaluation? It may be an indicator of a personality disorder.
President Trump’s rage reactions exemplify how a narcissistic personality order responds to a narcissistic injury.
Why is there so much interest in Frida Kahlo? When she married Diego Rivera, he was a world-renowned painter and she was virtually unknown.
Are you constantly angry at your boyfriend because he doesn't call you or contact you after you've spent a romantic evening or weekend together?
Are you alone and depressed because you alternate between yearning to be with someone and feeling taken over by them?
Do you wish your adult children needed you more?
Are you afraid to see your relatives (who voted differently) on Thanksgiving?
I was afraid of dogs. But I needed to get over it to help my son.
Are you afraid to say "no"? Do you often feel angry because you are spending time with people you don't like? Are you wasting time doing favors for people who don't matter to you?
Are your siblings sharing the burden of caring for Mom?
Despite the pleasure of feeling like everything revolves around you, feeling like the sun has certain disadvantages as well—it makes other people angry and envious.
Roberta Satow, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus at Brooklyn College and a private practice psychotherapist in Manhattan.