Ask Alex

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I’ve chosen three questions from readers to discuss in this week’s post.  To those who sent me these questions, please recognize my answers are by necessity general as I obviously don’t know you personally nor the details of the situations you wrote about.  I do hope my answers can provide you new ways to think about the problems you’re facing as well as provide other readers useful perspectives on similar situations they may be facing in their own lives, but please don’t mistake any of the following for my professional medical advice. Continue reading…

The Problem With Prevention

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Eating right, exercising, avoiding the sun or using sunscreen, moderating alcohol consumption, abstaining from tobacco use, getting mammograms, Pap smears, colonoscopies—almost every measure we’re asked to take to safeguard our future health is difficult.  It’s a strange paradox that we have to work in some way, to expend energy, and experience discomfort of some kind in order to gain benefit in life.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the most pleasurable things also produced long-term benefit? Continue reading…

The Diffusion Of Responsibility

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Once while I was jogging along Lake Michigan, I came upon a large crowd surrounding a middle-aged man lying supine on the ground.  I stopped to assess the scene and saw the man wasn’t moving—at all.  Two people were bending over him and trying to shake him awake.

“What happened?” I asked.

“He fell,” someone, a woman, said. Continue reading…

The Effects Of Technology On Relationships

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Email, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Delicious, Digg, LinkedIn, blogs (of course), and scores of others—all part of the new and wonderful ways we can now connect with one another electronically, each with its own culture and unique set of rules.  In one sense, the planet has never been more interconnected.  And yet, this interconnectedness, while wonderful, hasn’t come without cost. Continue reading…