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.

Achilles Heal: The Limits of Healing Through Technology

KEITHABLOWART.COM   Human beings turn out to have an Achilles heel that may also be our Achilles heal.  We cannot resist new technologies if those technologies replicate or attempt to replicate human behaviors.  Hence, robots galvanize our attention, almost as if we are all children saying, “Look!  Look!  A machine that walks and talks!” When […]

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One Magic Question to Ask to Connect with Anyone, Forever

We’re deluged with opportunities to pose these days.  The power of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the rest of social networks is deployed to coax us to fictionalize our circumstances and “fake better,” as psychologists would say.  Very few people use these platforms to be authentic, most succumb to using them as ways to seem […]

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You Never Need Be Without Personal Power

The great psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who survived being imprisoned in a Nazi death camp during the Holocaust, gave the world a gift of insight that has stood the test of time.  That insight, which is central to the logotherapy form of healing Frankl developed, is that people can endure a tremendous amount of suffering if […]

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Frances Hougen: Pain-2-Power Person of the Week

Frances Hougen is the Pain-2-Power Person of the Week for deciding to turn her outrage and disappointment at the poisonous algorithms use by Facebook into power.  Last Tuesday, she testified in front of the U.S. Senate that Facebook knew that their algorithms—directing vulnerable teens to toxic content—were contributing to depression, anorexia and other scourges, but […]

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Yes, Talking to YourSELVES Makes Sense

None of us is just “one” of us.  I don’t mean that in the multiple personality disorder sense.  I’m not urging anybody to start thinking like Sybil.  But I am certain that we retain patterns of thought and behavior in our minds that relate to particular times in our lives, when particularly powerful events were […]

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GINNY BURTON: THE PAIN-2-POWER PERSON OF THE WEEK

  Ginny Burton, 48, could have died a long time ago.  She was a heroin and crack cocaine addict who was arrested back in 2005 and looked close to death at the time. She has been sober for nine years. This year the mother of three graduated from the University of Washington with a degree […]

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The Avatar Will See You Now

We’ve stumbled upon an Achilles’ heel in the human psyche, and no one seems to have identified it as such: Human beings can’t resist technology, artificial intelligence and robots.  And we’ll destroy ourSELVES to interact with them as much as possible. I’m not talking just about iPhones and Facebook and video games sucking the life out […]

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What are You and Your Company Up Against?

I can put this really simply:  Major forces in our culture are now aligned to deprive you, your employees, your colleagues and your company of the self-confidence and self-determination necessary to achieve success. What are some of these forces?  Again, I can be direct: Economic, social and public health forces pitting employers against employees Intrusion […]

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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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Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story

Every one of us is a story.  The past chapters of our lives comprise our back story – childhood, adolescence and the rest.  The present is being written this very moment.  And the arc of each of our stories will be determined by the future chapters that will unfold. Every event in our stories matters […]

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