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.

Respecting the Fine Line Between Creativity and Fiction

Fiction is the domain of novels and screenplays, but it has a way of slipping into other creative pursuits, like planning entrepreneurial endeavors and evaluating our businesses, as well as planning and evaluating our lives. The reason for this potential slippage — which can cause us to put less than solidly-factual and rational foundations under […]

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Leading With Light

There is one truth about leadership that will never fail those who understand it and adhere to it.  Leaders who see light, even amidst what might seem like complete darkness, will always be those who inspire others and who reach higher goals. Any amount of competition, any market forces, any geopolitical realities, any set of […]

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Why Volodymyr Zelenskyy May Be Eternal

I think in narrative form.  I have a sixth sense for how stories develop—what propels them forward, which paragraphs or pages contribute to the authentic spine of the story and which  paragraphs or pages miss the mark and do no service to the whole.  That’s the reason for any value I bring to helping people […]

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“You” Want to Stop Smoking? Which Part of You?

First of all, it’s best to admit that not all of you wants to stop smoking.  Otherwise, you already would have.  Part of you certainly does—the wise part that knows that taking the risk of dying from lung cancer is no way to behave.  But another part of you isn’t going along with that reasoning.  […]

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Pain-2-Power: Human Beings as Works of Art

In my view, being human means having the capacity to experience and to give love (often, through a miracle called human empathy) and to reason and make choices.  It also means having the opportunity to embrace the truth about oneself, including one’s life story, back to its early chapters, in order to make sense of […]

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Simple Ways to Fight Back Against Dehumanization by Technology

I have been writing for many years about the threat that burgeoning technology poses to the best of humanity—our empathy, connection with self and connection with reality, in and of itself.  The evidence is everywhere:  People opting for second lives in the metaverse (which actually threaten their first lives, more than accomplishing anything else).  People […]

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What Would You Attempt to Do, If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

This quote, whose author is unknown, is worth a few minutes of your dedicated focus.  The genius of the question is that it simplifies “vision” by wringing out self-doubt and anxiety.  Looking through that lens, if only for a brief window of time, can tell you who you really want to be.  And that’s a […]

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What Is Worth Dying For?

What is worth dying for?  Most of us will never be forced to answer that question, because most of us will not be in situations that demand life or death decisions.  But the question is still worth pondering.  Because knowing what you are willing to die for can infuse your life with the intensity of […]

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GOD HIMSELF IS A CITIZEN OF KYIV

For today and likely many days to come, Ukraine has become honorary Pain-2-Power world headquarters and a global classroom on how to find strength and dignity amidst extreme adversity.  For anyone who has had to fight a bigger kid, struggle for light under the towering shadows of depression or fight despite the seductive Sirens of […]

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Who Have You Left Behind?

So many of us have people in our lives who, for one reason or another, we have “left behind.”  Some of these are people we valued, but with whom we simply lost touch, as we moved forward with our busy lives.  Some we had conflicts with, and “let things go,” even though they were people […]

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