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.


Katy Talento: Pain-2-Power Person of the Week

Massive changes are afoot in the health care delivery system.  Right now, the people most focused on these changes are health insurers, corporations and those companies that help corporations navigate the complex world of health insurance.  Why?  Because competitive pricing of every conceivable medical procedure and test is heading to the healthcare delivery system and […]

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Drop the Mask

The playwright Martha Boesing said, “The question laid out for each of us is whether to hold on or drop the mask.” What does that mean, really?  What is the mask is Boesing addressing? I think that she means the mask that each of us dons over time—particuarly in childhood and adolescence and young adulthood—in […]

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Alan Gross is this week’s Pain-2-Power Person of the Week.  Mr. Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and charged with importing banned technology in order to create secret Internet services for Cuba’s Jewish community.  He spent five years in jail in Cuba.  He emigrated to Israel in 2017, but divides his time between there […]

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Your Story Doesn’t Have -30- Written Yet

When I worked at Newsweek magazine for a short time, then as a columnist for the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, I learned to type -30- at the end of any piece I had written and filed, in order to let the editor know that there was no further content—not another paragraph or disclaimer or […]

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Pain-2-Power, Stoicism, “The Obstacle is the Way,” and Covid-19

Stoics, like Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Seneca, asserted that virtue, in and of itself, was sufficient for happiness.  That is one reason stoics are resilient in the face of adversity; coping with hardship, showing character during hardship and even looking at hardship as a possible source of gifts are all part of the philosophy. As […]

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I am reminded, again, of why I supported Dr. Ben Carson when he ran for President of the United States and held a fundraiser for him at my home. Carson is the definition of Pain-2-Power. Dr. Carson, who I first met when I was a student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is, of […]

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Trey Mancini knows what it is to come back from adversity.  We could learn something from him.  See, in March, 2020, Mancini was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.  More people die from stage 3 colon cancer than survive it.  Mancini needed surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment to save his life.  He left the game […]

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When You Talk, is it YOU Actually Speaking?

Strange question, right?  It sounds almost rhetorical.  But, it isn’t.  Because the voices we use in life—the roles we adopt—are rarely from our core selves.  We say things we don’t really mean, deep down.  We avoid saying things we do believe, but worry will cost us prestige or cause us to be scorned.  We pursue […]

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Why Your Story Matters

Every one of us has a story.  The roots of each of our stories reaches deeper than we can remember and has chapters in previous generations.  Some of the “backstory” that set the stage for your journey, challenges and gifts involves psychological dynamics that unfolded many years ago, setting the stage for the kind of […]

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