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What’s Charisma?

Charisma is the ability to attract and influence others with your ideas and communication style. There are many different types of charismatic people, and there is no moral component associated with this trait. This means that some charismatic people are quiet, graceful, and principle-centered like Jackie Kennedy, while others are much more extroverted, and self-centered …

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Silence the Voice

Bob Barkley commonly said that dentists who graduate from dental school tend to leave there with a combination of a superiority complex and paranoia. The superiority complex evolves because dental students are sheltered from seeing some of their clinical dentistry fail  (an issue Bob struggled through and which ultimately led him toward the creation of …

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On Feelings and Fear

Commitment is at the very core of every genuinely helping relationship. And health-centered / relationship-based practices are all about helping, so without commitment, very little helping can occur. As we have all experienced, commitment is variable and never assured when we meet a person for the first time. This is because commitment involves risk on …

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A Day on the River

Yesterday, I spent the day on the New River of West Virginia with my 16-year-old son Evan. The New River Gorge is a majestically rugged and beautiful place -the kind of place you remember for the rest of your life. So, I wanted Evan to see it, feel the thrill of the rapids, and experience …

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A Personal Story

In the beginning, it was exciting, and the opportunities seemed endless. The chance to join the dental profession by starting dental school had finally arrived. Years of thinking, observing, planning, studying, applying and competing, had led me through the doors on North University Avenue in Ann Arbor. And like my father, and his brother before …

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Here. Now.

Neuroscience tells us that every time we resist reacting with anger, we are reorganizing how our brain functions, which then allows us to remain calm, more perceptive, and therefore more caring. This is because the source of our anger is often emanating from how we feel about ourselves at the moment, much more so than …

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On Gratitude

Neuroscience research tells us that demonstrating  gratitude, and feeling grateful, aren’t just socially appropriate – they’re good for our health. Gratitude not only gives us that warm peaceful feeling inside, it also boosts our immune system, naturally relieves stress, improves our sleep, relieves depression, reduces our pain perception, and energizes us to keep contributing – …

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