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.

GUN RIGHTS ARE PERSONAL POWER RIGHTS

Federal attempts to limit gun rights are a direct assault on personal autonomy at a time when Americans are being encouraged to have less and less autonomy.  The psychological significance of arming oneself includes the intention to defend one’s property and family.  It requires SELF-possession to possess a firearm for SELF-protection.  And that’s the real […]

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THE PAIN-2-POWER PERSON OF THE WEEK: REPRESENTATIVE DAN CRENSHAW

Representative Dan Crenshaw, the Congressman representing Texas’ 2nd Congressional district, announced on Saturday that he would be undergoing eye surgery on his left eye to reattach his retina that would leave him essentially blind and “off the grid” for about a month.  Crenshaw lost his right eye to an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan, […]

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REAL POWER COMES FROM REALITY

Twenty-five years ago, in the foreword to my book To Wrestle With Demons, I wrote, “We are more alike than different in our needs and fear and much more alone than we need to be.” Back then, I was a newly-minted psychiatrist. But I had enough early experience and enough raw sense about people to […]

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THE HUMAN BRAIN IS AN EMOTIONAL MAGNET

The human brain has unique emotional power I call Magnetic Empathy.  Magnetic Empathy is the force that drives a man to rush onto thin ice to save his stranded, frightened dog. He can feel the dog’s fear. It’s why even reading about the man’s bravery and visualizing him taking his first steps onto the ice, […]

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The Gift of Living with Faith

Living at Sanford Air Force Base as a child during WW II, we had a nightly ritual.  We pulled down our green shades. I was told this activity—part of an effort to keep our country safe from any potential nighttime bombing by enemies—was to insure we and our neighbors were protected. But I realized later […]

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REHAN STATON: The Pain-2-Power Person of the Week

Rehan Staton hasn’t had an easy life.  He grew up in a single parent household—with his dad—after his mother left the family and left the country when Rehan was 8-years-old.  His father worked very hard to provide for his children, but there were still financial struggles—real struggles, like missed meals and no electricity. Still, Mr. […]

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Pain-2-Power in a Letter to Vincent Van Gogh

Pain-2-Power is all about examining our ingrained patterns of emotion and behavior, in order to become authentic.  It is also about using any adversity to further examine those patterns and build the best of them—like courage, compassion and creativity. The journey to the self is one of claiming and disclaiming.  We claim that which is […]

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ARE YOU MISSING 20% OF YOUR POTENTIAL?

IF YOU HAVE GOTTEN NO PSYCHOTHERAPY OR LIFE COACHING, YOU ARE, AT MOST, 80 PERCENT OF WHAT YOU COULD BE Sorry.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news.  No one wants to be missing 20 percent of their potential.  But the 80 percent only applies to you if you haven’t gotten psychotherapy or life […]

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BRADY SNAKOVSKY: THE PAIN-2-POWER PERSON OF THE WEEK

Brady Snakovsky, 11, is the Pain-2-Power Person of the Week.  He’s the CEO and Founder of bradysk9fund.com, which has donated 360 life-saving ballistic, bulletproof vests (so far) to protect K-9 officers across the country. Brady’s quest to protect as many K-9s as possible began with his mission to outfit a single police dog.  He saw […]

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Start Your Engines on StartEngine.com

I am a little bit late to some things, but when I find something that makes sense, I like to share it—especially if it can make people more powerful.  And I found something:  StartEngine.com.  StartEngine.com is a portal that offers anyone over 18 the opportunity to invest as little as $500 in private companies.  It, […]

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