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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SEVEN EXERCISES TO AVOID BECOMING AN AVATAR

It isn’t difficult to see the evidence around us that personal freedoms are under attack.  Despite the gifts that technology bestows upon us, technology also threatens to streamline thought and replace the “self” with a “profile” or even an “avatar.”  Government is proving to be unreliable in safeguarding liberty.  It is no longer enough to […]

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Pain-2-Power Person of the Week: Governor Kevin Stitt

Governor Kevin Stitt is under a lot of pressure these days for refusing to believe that people can be neither male, nor female, but, rather, non-binary.  The issue is particularly timely since the Oklahoma State Department of Health has begun allowing people to be identified on their birth certificates as non-binary and because Democratic State […]

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Staging Your Own Comeback

Staging Your Own Comeback Be honest.  You need one.  Everyone does. If you think you don’t, you’re not thinking hard enough. The comeback is the iconic story of humankind.  It is at the foundation of every heroic journey.  There must be a reversal, and there must be a decision to walk through the storm to […]

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The Best Way to Deal with Trouble Up Ahead is to Go Through It

It’s tempting when troubles mount to fantasize that you can avoid them.  Maybe if you get very quiet, the people who mean you harm will just go away.  Maybe if you strategize enough, you can dance around the difficulties your family or your company faces.  But the Pain-to-Power path is to acknowledge challenges and move […]

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The Eight Steps –Pain-2-Power for Marriage (Steps One and Two)

With Valentine’s Day approaching, there’s no better time to learn how to use the pain in one’s marriage as a guide to creating a more powerful marriage.  The first two steps of my 8-step program follow:   Describe what you want to change. The key here is to describe the area of areas of your […]

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COMING TO GRIPS WITH YOUR PAST UNLOCKS THE FUTURE

If you have for some time been trying to muscle through your problems, you’re probably ready to accept that simply being tired of your behavior and wanting to change does not necessarily lead to change.  There is another way, and that involves coming to grips with parts of your past that you have left unexplored. […]

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THANKFUL FOR THE TREASURE HUNT

Plenty of people this Thanksgiving—and every Thanksgiving—are facing adversity.  Economic hardships, health challenges and political upheaval have visited millions.  Add to that potential difficulties in relationships, and it’s easy to imagine that the holiday yesterday was still a pretty stressful day for lots and lots of people.  Maybe it was for you, too. Here’s a […]

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The Non-Grasping Mind

Bear with me here.  I am going to try to explain something difficult to explain.  It is at the heart of the philosophy and art of Gung Fu (or Kung Fu).  It is this:  In mastering the martial art of Gung Fu or in mastering the art of overcoming any adversary or obstacle, one’s mind […]

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SELF ACTUALIZATION IS EVERYTHING

I’ve been reading some of Bruce Lee’s writings lately.  And I came across a passage that I agree wholeheartedly with—and have written quite a bit about myself.  I wanted to share it with you.   By the way, the capitalization in the passage is Mr. Lee’s, not mine: This is a very decisive point:  MANY PEOPLE […]

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SOLVE ET COAGULA: THE ALCHEMIST’S MAXIM

Solve Et Coagula was the ancient maxim of the Alchemists, known, of course, for turning base metal into gold.  It means, essentially, to break something down into its most basic elements (solve) and to then have them come together (coagula) in a different form.  This was accomplished—according to Alchemists—when the energy holding the elements together […]

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