Dreams. They have mystified and captivated us throughout history. We spend almost six years of our lives—2,100 days—in the shadowy world of dreams. They have predicted events, started wars, and resolved major business and personal decisions. But, because of the … Continue reading
Category: Life’s a Beach!
Road rage: a disease, or just really bad manners?
There you are, taking a leisurely mid-summer drive through Ocean City (let’s say, trying to make a left turn’anywhere), when suddenly’Road Rage! More than just another media catch phrase, road rage now describes the most recent ‘disease’ to be foisted … Continue reading
Laughter really is the best medicine!
Whenever the subject of my profession comes up, people invariably make jokes about being ‘crazy’ or ‘insane.’ I know they’re just trying to be funny, but the consistency of this reaction troubles me, because psychology is so much more than … Continue reading
What’s next after the kids move out? (DE Wave)
‘Empty Nest Syndrome.’ What a great name! But, despite the cute avian overtones, numerous websites and support groups devote themselves to this traumatic condition that arises for parents when the kids finally leave home. Though I have talked to many … Continue reading
No Regrets: A great prescription for good mental health
Over the years, I have talked to countless depressed people, and one thing I have learned is that regrets are a profound waste of time. The emotional cost of dwelling on ‘what could have been’ is just not worth it. … Continue reading
Face the fear of flying by learning to “let go”
A reader in Fenwick Island writes: Dear Dr. Hurd: I saved your article in the Delaware Wave from last October about facts vs. fears. I still read it from time to time, but I can’t seem to get past my … Continue reading
A psychological look at “idol” worship
The universal interest and devotion generated by Fox Network’s ‘American Idol’ never ceases to amaze me. There is no doubting the allure of the built-in interpersonal hullabaloo between Simon, Paula and the rest. Or our fascination with the nationally televised … Continue reading
Reality is the healthiest diet!
We humans are imaginative creatures. On a moment’s notice, we can dig up convincing reasons to do just about anything—good, bad or indifferent. Take overeating, for example. We have perfected a long list of motives for eating to excess—over and … Continue reading
Retirement shouldn’t feel like playing hooky
‘I can’t wait ’til I retire!’ ‘Ahh, retirement—no more commute, no more taking orders, no more responsibilities!’ We hear comments like these all the time from hard-working people. Indeed, the ‘holy grail’ of retirement is, and should be, the ultimate … Continue reading
Does spanking a child really work?
When it comes to kids, the subject of spanking is not so much a raging debate as it is a perpetually unresolved one. There’s a lot of emotion on the subject, but not a whole lot of reasoning. From a … Continue reading
What’s wrong with spanking a child?
What’s wrong with spanking a child? It’s not so much a raging debate as a perpetually unresolved one. There’s a lot of emotion on the subject, but not a whole lot of reasoning. What’s a psychotherapist’s take on the subject? … Continue reading
Superstition is no substitute for reality
According to a survey, 20% of Americans believe that it is possible to communicate with the dead (Gallup Organization, 1996). Films such as ‘Bless the Child’ and ‘Sixth Sense,’ along with TV shows peddling self-proclaimed mediums such as John Edward, … Continue reading