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Christian Counseling - Dr. Keith Ablow's Article on Fox

I don't usually listen to psychologists and psychiatrists who appear on television. There is a Faustian bargain that is often made when these professionals move to television. The cost, while not their soul, is often their ethics. However, I have attached a link to an article written by Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and contributor to Fox News.

Many people have been watching and reading about the actor Charlie Sheen. In his article, while not diagnosing Mr. Sheen, Dr. Ablow seeks to give some understanding of the situation. In addition, he describes very well what are called psychological defense mechanisms. A word of caution before reading the article. Often when we read about these types of extreme situations, we distance ourselves from the truth of them in our own lives. The question to ask ourselves is not whether or not we display the same level of defense as someone else. Rather, the question is what defenses do we use and what are we attempting to cover up using the defenses. Sometimes we are blind to our own defenses, so it may be helpful to ask those close to you or a therapist to get to the root of the defenses that we use.

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