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​​March 16, 2018 I’m long enough in the tooth to compare the medical profession decades ago when I was a snot-nose kid to what it has morphed into today.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following has nothing to do with senility, but we’re not entirely sure.
Things change rapidly. In my lifetime the black Ford sedan with running boards and big white sidewall tires that took our family on weekend picnics turned out to be the prototype of a rocket that takes nut cases to Mars. Granted, going to Mars is no picnic, but you get the idea. Over time, little things get complicated.
Our family doctor, B.A. Temple, MD, we called him Doc, handled everything. If you busted a finger, had an ache, affliction or disease he was your guy. He’d open the examining room door; approach me and say and “Well, let’s see if you’re worth saving.” If he looked puzzled, and he rarely did, you were sunk.
If Doc Temple was around today he’d cured nagging problems with ‘green pills’ that he kept in a gallon jar. “Those suckers,” as he liked to say, “can do anything except kill rats and prevent childbirth.” At the end of an appointment I left with an envelop of green pills. I suspect he gave them to people who were there to pay a bill––even kept them on his coffee table like a bowl of mints.
I miss Doc. Recently while engrossed in an interesting book I discovered that I exhale while turning a page. Grab a novel and try it, you’ll see. Then again, maybe you won’t. It’s barely audible unless you hear a wheezing sound in the back of your throat, like I did.
I was reading about cops, detectives and forensic specialists in a frantic crime scene investigation but started having coughing jags and lost focus. I was concerned.
Doc Temple’s not around and I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I check to see what’s in the medicine cabinet? Do a Google search? Call my primary care doctor and wait a week for an appointment? Call a specialist and if so, which one? Go to urgent care or the emergency room? Dial 911?
I’m a one-stop shopping guy so I went to the nearest hospital’s emergency room. After a chest x-ray, EKG and other testing the diagnosis was acute bronchitis with bronchospasm. I’ll give 8-5 odds that the AMA waited till George Carlin died before hanging that tag on a hacking cough. Carlin would do a 20-minute routine and we’d be rolling in the aisles.
Meanwhile, Doc Temple would have said I have “the crud” and knocked it out with green pills and a bottle of his ‘white lightning’ cough syrup. The emergency physician prescribed a synthetic corticosteroid drug and an albuterol inhaler.


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​​​​Terry Martin Ph.D​


Bob Cayne


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​​​​​March 16, 2018  To better understand others, we must first better understand ourselves.
The goal is that by better recognizing these different parts of our personalities, we become more aware of our own tendencies and patterns – and this can help us better navigate our relationships and how we connect with others.

Getting to know your own personality improves your ability to infer the mental states of others, a skill known as “theory of mind” or empathy.
Self-awareness and empathy are intimately connected. Once we become more aware of what makes us who we are, we are better able to understand the differences between ourselves and others and what makes them tick.
Not surprisingly, both “self awareness” and “empathy” are considered to be two of the main pillars behind emotional intelligence. “Empathy” is technically “other-awareness,” so it’s literally the direct counterpart to “self-awareness.”
Why is empathy important? It’s not just about recognizing ways you are similar to others, but recognizing the ways you are very different, as well.
It’s impossible to empathize with others if you believe that everyone is exactly the same as you – that’s not trying to understand another perspective – that’s projecting your own perspective onto others. Also, if something is unimportant to you such as closeness to a pet, it will be difficult to have empathy for someone who lost a pet. You might sincerely feel sorry for your friend’s sorrow, but empathy isn’t in the mix.
You’ve heard the expression “I feel your pain” when people are trying to empathize. Unless they have been in the same situation they cannot feel your pain.  Sympathy for your pain is different than empathy.
You can improve your self-awareness. Here are 5 effective ways to begin practicing immediately:
Personality Quizzes (on-line everywhere)
Talk Less Listen More (really) 


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