Can the Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders Produce Positive, Life-Transforming Effects?

Can individuals diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorders (NPD) be treated psychoanalytically and move toward positive, life transforming treatment outcomes? According to Austrian-born, American psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut, the answer is yes.[1] In spite of the ravages that narcissism causes, I suggest that an alternative to abandoning the narcissist is possible. This alternative involves the person with […]

The Power of Imagination: How to Use Your Imagination to Get Through the Pandemic

The pandemic has forever changed the way that we live our lives. Perhaps we should coin new abbreviations: B.P. (before pandemic) and A.P. (after pandemic). Life B.P. seemed easier and more free-flowing. Obtaining goods and services happened relatively seamlessly, as did moving through dynamic processes involving multiple individuals and going places. This is no longer […]

Dreams: The Language of Your Soul

Dreams: The Language of Your Soul Do you pay attention to your dreams? If not, I recommend that you purchase a notebook and start writing them down. The best thing is to jot them down immediately after waking up, when your mind is clear, and you remember them best. Dreams typically come in sets of […]

Everything is Going According to Plan

I become inspired—infilled with creativity—when I sit on my balcony. I become lost in the ‘hum’ of construction, the occasional chirping of birds and the steady oasis of lush, green trees that permeate the urban landscape and selflessly absorb carbon monoxide from a depleted environment and transform it into O2. Earlier I listened to a […]

The Bridge

Lately, my mind has been generating images of bridges as I consider the pandemic[1] we are in. The virus has created ‘bridges’ of opportunity between people, things, ideas and even worlds. The virus has caused bridgeable physical divisions through physical distancing; and bridgeable spiritual divisions through the ether—the airwaves. The point of a bridge is […]

A Powerful but Necessary Transformation

We are all languishing right now because of the global lockdown. We can’t go outside unless it’s essential—needs or services—and find ourselves at home, perhaps wondering what to do. Although Take it to the Next Level is about people reaching up and striving to attain higher ground in life, so to speak, the situation is […]

The Courage To Carry On

Life is hard. It is the courage to carry on, however, that matters. In the face of obstacles, disappointments and hardship, it’s important to keep the faith and remember that we’re not alone in this story. Our Creator is always by our side, ready to help us at any given moment. Isn’t that a wonderful […]

You Are More Than Your Job, Title or Degree

Healthy self-esteem is vital to moving forward well in life. Losing a job or retiring can trigger feelings of doubt, insecurity as well as a dip in self-esteem. You may wonder, Am I still valuable and worthwhile? Did you know, however, that categories, jobs or titles do not make us who we are? We are […]