Ken Druck

  • Dr. Ken Druck: “The Small Print of Life” Blog

    • When “Positive Thinking” Isn’t Enough

      It started back in the early 1970s when I was a young graduate student in psychology, working in the trenches at a mental-health center where clients had deep-seated emotional problems. At that time, Born to Win by Zig Zigler, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, and How to Win Friends and Influence […]

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    • Compressing Time

      The Lost Art of Compressing Time We all live in the stream bed of time. Sometimes the waters move agonizingly slow and we ache for the future. And then, there are times when time seems to “fly,” leaving us in its wake, yearning to slow things down and savor the fleeting moments. A 65-year-old colleague […]

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    • Hot Flash in Costco!

      “Ever wonder why so many of us women camp out in the freezer section at Costco?” my friend asked me the other day while she was having a full-blown hot flash. “Having been suddenly and mysteriously assaulted by our own sweat glands, and fearful of destroying our makeup and outfits,” she explained, “we’re seeking relief.” […]

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    • Mirror Talk

      5 Steps to Making Peace with Your Reflection We do it all the time — that is, catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror. Whether in the bathroom, hallway, rearview mirror, or store window, it’s a part of our everyday lives to look at reflections of ourselves. “How am I looking?” checkpoints are natural and normal. […]

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    • Charles Druck

      When Father’s Day is a Mixed Blessing

      For a lot of us, Father’s Day, 2017, will be a mixed blessing. It will be a day of both great sorrow and great joy. My day will begin with a short drive to the cemetery where my Dad and “angel daughter,” Jenna are buried. I’ll clean off their headstones, place a stone and a […]

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    • Compassion Fatigue

      Compassion Fatigue is Real

      Do you ever feel like you simply have no more to give? During the course of a normal life—whether it’s with aging parents or overextended with small kids or during a stressful transition—we enter periods where we are way over extended. And then our capacity for empathy and compassion, our ability to give to other […]

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    • When Humor Hurts

      What happens when comedy crosses the line of good taste and poking becomes slashing. Some of us grew up with humor as a love language. Our families expressed love through joking around, teasing, and horseplay. Memories, like “the time” my sister and I mistook Desitin for toothpaste and affectionate nicknames like “Kenny” stick with us […]

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    • To Age Courageously

      Writing my new book, Courageous Aging (Morgan James, Spring 2017), has been quite the education. With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, the challenges and opportunities for each of us personally, and as a society, are unprecedented. Not only are we rethinking what it means to be 55, 65 or 75, we’re facing […]

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      “Angry White Men” Situation And a Code of Civility

      I’ve spent a good part of my life helping individuals, couples, families, communities and companies turn just about every kind of adversity into an opportunity to become the better, smarter, stronger version of ourselves. In this and several other recent blogs, I’ve taken on the deeply sensitive and emotionally-charged issues of race, faith, social justice […]

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    • It’s Still “All in the Family”

      Now that The Great Unraveling has begun and certain presidential candidates are being exposed as “not ready for prime time” players, I find myself thinking about something potentially far more dangerous than their candidacy, the Great Divide between my fellow Americans. Never have we been more splintered, or more in need of finding the common […]

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