Dr. Keith Ablow’s Blog

Keith’s blog is a collection of powerful insights to help you achieve emotional wellness and personal empowerment. To complement and expand on these insights check out the Pain-2-Power YouTube channel and Dr. Keith’s Pain-2-Power Podcast.

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What the Hell is Going On?

The world may seem hard to make sense of right now, but there is one lens likely to bring everything into focus for you:  There is a massive struggle going on between forces that are grounded in reality and others hell bent on distorting or even destroying reality. Let’s look at the dark side of […]

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Mental Health Awareness Month is Insane

It is Mental Health Awareness Month.  That is insane.  We’re just gladhanding one another, while avoiding the real diagnosis:  We’ve been so pathetically behind bringing people up to speed on recognizing and treating scourges like depression and anxiety that there is a massive epidemic of suicide gripping the nation, while hospitals and outpatient clinics remain […]

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Turning On The Part of You that Turns the Key

We all know it:  There’s cruising along and then there’s truly going for it.  And it takes an actual decision to switch gears and engage all 12 cylinders of your mental engine. The cruising along mindset is the way you feel, mindset-wise, when you’re attending a meeting, and you know that you’re really not the […]

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Begin at the Last Possible Moment

Before I had published my novels, I was lucky to hire a writing coach named Gary Provost.  One of Gary’s powerful pieces of advice was to begin at the last possible moment.  By this, he meant that novels shouldn’t begin with meandering paragraphs talking about rolling hills, the weather or even the main character’s profession.  […]

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A Pain-2-Power Easter and Passover Message From Dr. Keith Ablow

Since I started www.pain-2-power.com, many people have asked me whether there are parallels between God’s teachings and the field of psychiatry psychology. In the end, I believe the two things are very nearly one, but I understand why the question would be raised. Psychiatry, in its late 20th and 21st century incarnations, has focused a […]

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Air Force Refueling Tanker Size Matters

Psychological principles are the key to understanding any story—whether the story of a person, a business or a new technology.  In the piece that follows, I use them to address product development and deployment in the arena of military equipment where form and function are optimized by the same psychological calculus as products of every […]

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You Probably Don’t Know—Yet—How Strong You Are

It is a remarkable quality of human beings that our strength is only visible when required.  The human mind and soul isn’t like the human body.  We don’t, of course, develop emotional muscles that telegraph to others (or reflect back to ourselves) how powerful we might be amidst adversity.  The evidence for that only comes […]

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Be Not Afraid

We are afraid of too much.  One of the things we fear is our own pain—so much of it rooted in early chapters of our life stories.  So we run from it.  And in running away, we experience anxiety.  We trip.  We fall.  We become despondent.  All those emotions make us panic more, so we […]

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“Interesting” Can Be Your Go-To Word During Tough Times

When clouds gather and life seems uncertain, there are lots of words that might come to mind, including, “Oh, no,” or “Oh, my God,” or “This can’t be happening.”  Left to its own devices, the mind wanders and can settle on alarmist language that creates more negative energy—in the form of anxiety, for instance—that adds […]

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Marshall McLuhan Predicted World War III

The late philosopher Marshall McLuhan was famous for saying “The medium is the message,” meaning that the technology used to convey ideas is more important, from a cultural standpoint, than the ideas themselves.  McLuhan used a lightbulb as an example of how the medium of technology could message a whole culture or even a whole […]

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