• With few exceptions, I stopped watching TV sometime in the mid-1990s. There are many reasons for this, but I was reflecting on one in particular tonight. Typically, when I turn on the TV, I’m presented with the

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    Lest I be considered anti-dentite, due to my comments of the last post, I thought I would switch directions to a non-medical topic. I ran across Psalm 32 this morning and it got me to thinking about shame and guilt.

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    I go a long time between dental cleanings. Here’s why: I go to the dentist hoping for medical attention – a cleaning, a cavity filled, etc – and I come away with insecurity about my crooked, yellowing

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    I recently saw the movie The Kite Runner. It’s hard to describe the experience; words seem to fall short of its enormity. Positive words seem to overlook the pain, but negative words miss the redemption. Not

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    Sometimes shame masquerades as something on the surface, when really its insidious root goes much deeper. For instance, I have joked that I have the genetic makeup of a yak…I have far too much hair. At my Italian

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    As an extrovert, I think out loud. This has some advantages, like finding out other people wonder about the same things I do. It also has some disadvantages, like saying stupid things. This happens frequently since my

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    The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction:  A Comprehensive Counseling Resource by Janelle Hallman is written for counselors of adult women who (a) experience and are in conflict with same-sex attractions, (b) claim a

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    Many books have been written about shame. Yet they all begin with the same problem: shame defies definition. Language fails to describe what is occurring (Kaufman, 1996). A root meaning of shame is to cover or envelope

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    For those of you who attended the Taming the Shame workshop, thanks for coming! Despite the fact that we were talking about the horrible experience of shame, you all made it a fun time! I appreciated your input and

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    The Mid-Atlantic Conference for Exodus will be held this week, April 4-6, 2008, during which I will be conducting two workshops.  I'll co-lead a workshop called "Walking it Out with Women" for counselors and

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