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The Character Test

  • January 21, 2022
  • News
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Is there a test for good character?  Read on. Questionable moral character? Much has been written in recent weeks about the “Djokovic drama.”  Australian federal court upheld  the immigration minister’s decision  to cancel  tennis superstar, Novak Djokovic’s visa.  Ranked number one in the world, Djokovic had to depart the country […]

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Can you forgive? Let Desmond Tutu help you

  • January 07, 2022
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD As we enter a new year, let’s hope it’s  a better one.  Who’s to blame?  Can we forgive? Filled with calamities, 2021 should not be hard to beat, but who knows?  Hard to see much light at the end of the pandemic tunnel or the climate tunnel, or to see […]

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Trust and treatment of borderline personality disorder

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD “Trust is key in treating borderline personality disorder.”  That’s the title of the front-page report in the October, 2021 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News, in which I offer my own thoughts and professional experiences. In the language of NPSP25, anyone with a predominantly Mercurial style may be on a continuum […]

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A Sense of Emptiness

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Feeling empty?  Do you feel like your life lacks meaning or purpose?   Most people are familiar with such a solid-grey inner experience from time to time.   Maybe it can be a motivator to take on some challenges or make changes. But when the emptiness seems to be a frequent […]

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Changing Partners, Changing Patterns

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD What is your pattern of change—changing partners, that is? “I meet a man, fix him up and flip him to someone else,” confessed one woman recently in the New York Times. “Some People Flip Real Estate.  I Flip Men.” That’s the title of the “Modern Love” piece Kelly Sundberg recently […]

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The Territory of Trust: Postscript

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Trust is a key weathervane guiding every aspect of our interpersonal world. Just trust me Who is trustworthy and who is not?  Who is the one I’m not so sure about, and how do I find out?  Am I trustworthy?  How often do we say, “Look, I’m going to […]

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Who Can You Trust–and How?

  • January 18, 2021
  • News
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD,  AND LOIS B. MORRIS How do we know who is trustworthy and who isn’t?  That depends on each of us.   Trust in a relationship is a two-way street.  We need to know how to build trust, to evaluate it, bank it, and share it.  Without trust, it is […]

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