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.

Get Out of Bed Every Morning Like You Mean It

It’s easy to be tempted to stay under the covers when your alarm clock rings and hit the snooze button three times.  It’s easy to remain under cover throughout the day, too—even throughout your whole life.  That’s why you have to fall asleep with the intention to really “mean it” when you get out of […]

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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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A Way Home

Going home, for those lucky enough to have had a reasonably good childhood or a beloved family as an adult, has a particular feeling to it.  Even for those of us who live alone, entering our dwellings and closing the door behind us can make us feel protected, sheltered or, at least, less subject to […]

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Deciding to Begin a Bold, New Chapter of Your Life Story

I chose the word deciding as the first in the title of this blog because I think you can make that decision and make it stick. Deciding to move forward with a whole new level of energy and optimism isn’t supposed to be “a thing,” as teenagers and twenty-somethings now put it.  It isn’t convention […]

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“Stop Acting. Take Action.”

I settled on the four words above as a prescription, of sorts, for our times.  Why?  Because we are threatened, as never before, with a loss of our authentic selves, along with incentives to remain passive and ineffective as individuals.  The combination is a perfect storm that can dissolve the self and pave the way […]

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One Important Thing Abraham Lincoln Knew

Abraham Lincoln said plenty of smart and wise things, but this bit of advice from him is one of my favorites, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Real preparation, Lincoln advises us, is two-thirds of getting the job done.  Yet, though many […]

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VennSure: A New Way to LOOK at Your Life

I’ve always loved Venn diagrams.  I think they make things clear.  Two circles overlap, leading to a shaded area.  But I have taken the concept further, as a tool I use with clients.  I call it VennSure. There is no reason to think of a Venn Diagram as a black and white or one-dimensional drawing.  […]

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A Startling Fact About Mental Health and Natural Remedies

Pharmaceutical companies keep coming out with one drug after another for depression and anxiety, generating massive profits.  Some of these medications are profoundly effective.  But the storm of new medications misses one crucial fact:  Supplements, when properly selected, can be just as effective for low mood, anxiety, low energy or lack of focus as medications—and […]

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VAMPIRES ARE REAL

Vampires are real.  No, not the ones that wait until sundown and then come out to sink their fangs into you and drain you of blood.  The real ones are far more subtle and far more dangerous—in part, because they are harder to recognize, sometimes until it is too late, and you are left anemic. […]

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Huma Abedin: Pain-2-Power Person of the Week

Former Hilary Clinton Chief Aide Huma Abedin and I don’t share much in the way of political beliefs.  In fact, that may be understating the case.  But Abedin, whose memoir Both/And: A Life in Many Words will soon be released, did something smart and courageous that merits her being the Pain-2-Power Person of the Week:  […]

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