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Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

Mary Sykes Wylie, Dusty Miller, Esther Perel, Frank Pittman, Fred Wistow, Gary Greenberg, Katy Butler, Laura Markowitz, Molly Layton, Rich Simon, Ron Taffel • 1/1/2017

Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.

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Caught in a Web

A World Where Life is Always Elsewhere

Fred Wistow • 11/28/2016

By Fred Wistow - Every day, every moment, we must wade through the flood of incoming alerts and emails urgently demanding our time and attention, all the while knowing that there’s an infinite ocean of stuff online that waits for us at all hours to stick our toe in so that it may then slowly begin to swallow us up . . . until we drown.

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Caught in a Web

A World Where Life Is Always Elsewhere

Fred Wistow • 11/3/2016

Every day, every moment, we must wade through the flood of incoming alerts and emails urgently demanding our time and attention, all the while knowing that there’s an infinite ocean of stuff online that waits for us at all hours to stick our toe in so that it may then slowly begin to swallow us up . . . until we drown.

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Confronting Our Reluctance to Have an Honest Conversation About Race

A White New Yorker Shares Some Personal Reflections on American Race Relations

Fred Wistow • 12/4/2015

Whenever a public outcry or riot’s been triggered by yet another racially motivated assault on a black man or woman, politicians inevitably utter (and commentators then endlessly and faux-earnestly repeat), “We need to have a national conversation about race.” Even if I had the chance, I doubt I’d even try to engage in a cross-racial conversation about race. I’d be too afraid that I’d trip over my own words and say something provocative, offensive, stupid. And as far as I know, the people I know---white people---are in the same strange and astonishing boat.

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Black Unlike Me

Some Uncomfortable Reflections on Growing Up White

Fred Wistow • 11/18/2015

At a time when many are calling for a renewed national conversation about race, an aging, liberal, white New Yorker—who admits he’s never been a party to any such conversation, not with a black person anyway—shares some highly uncomfortable, extremely personal reflections.

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Black Unlike Me

Some Uncomfortable Reflections on Growing Up White

Fred Wistow • 11/2/2015

rtwrtwertAt a time when many are calling for a renewed national conversation about race, an aging, liberal, white New Yorker---who admits he’s never been a party to any such conversation, not with a black person anyway---shares some highly uncomfortable, extremely personal reflections.

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Finding Comfort in the Financial Crisis

Coping with the Switch from Poverty to Wealth and Back

Fred Wistow • 8/27/2015

In late 2008, a breathtaking realignment of our wealth occurred, and with it, our consciousness. This magical fairy tale that had somehow become reality started fading back into make believe. Just when we thought we were going to live happily ever after with no twists or turns in the golden road that lay before us, the carriage turned into a pumpkin. Yet, even as we fear the future and regret our stupidity and pine for our losses, can't we also simultaneously detect a strange and perverse comfort in the notion that maybe this wrenching course correction we're experiencing is sending us back to a place we're more at ease in?

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Exploring the Consciousness of Our Daily Habits

Falling Under the Trance of Routine

Fred Wistow • 11/26/2013

If a habit is a way of acting that, unconsciously and often compulsively, becomes fixed through repetition, then a mode of behavior that’s followed regularly and usually through choice might be termed a "practice."

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Creatures of Habit

Do We Really Choose How We Live Our Lives?

Fred Wistow • 11/5/2013

When routines and habits become as lifeless as the manner in which one brushes one’s teeth, when the choreography of one’s existence resembles a blindfolded slog through quicksand—rather than the Jets and Sharks leaping across the streets of the Upper West Side—something must be done.

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Family Matters

Nothing Like Willy Loman? A Classic Play Still Casts a Haunting Spell

Fred Wistow • 11/6/2012

More than 60 years after its Broadway debut, a classic play continues to cast a haunting spell.

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Caught in a Web

A World Where Life is Always Elsewhere

Fred Wistow • 11/28/2016

By Fred Wistow - Every day, every moment, we must wade through the flood of incoming alerts and emails urgently demanding our time and attention, all the while knowing that there’s an infinite ocean of stuff online that waits for us at all hours to stick our toe in so that it may then slowly begin to swallow us up . . . until we drown.

Daily Blog

Confronting Our Reluctance to Have an Honest Conversation About Race

A White New Yorker Shares Some Personal Reflections on American Race Relations

Fred Wistow • 12/4/2015

Whenever a public outcry or riot’s been triggered by yet another racially motivated assault on a black man or woman, politicians inevitably utter (and commentators then endlessly and faux-earnestly repeat), “We need to have a national conversation about race.” Even if I had the chance, I doubt I’d even try to engage in a cross-racial conversation about race. I’d be too afraid that I’d trip over my own words and say something provocative, offensive, stupid. And as far as I know, the people I know---white people---are in the same strange and astonishing boat.

Daily Blog

Black Unlike Me

Some Uncomfortable Reflections on Growing Up White

Fred Wistow • 11/2/2015

rtwrtwertAt a time when many are calling for a renewed national conversation about race, an aging, liberal, white New Yorker---who admits he’s never been a party to any such conversation, not with a black person anyway---shares some highly uncomfortable, extremely personal reflections.

Daily Blog

Finding Comfort in the Financial Crisis

Coping with the Switch from Poverty to Wealth and Back

Fred Wistow • 8/27/2015

In late 2008, a breathtaking realignment of our wealth occurred, and with it, our consciousness. This magical fairy tale that had somehow become reality started fading back into make believe. Just when we thought we were going to live happily ever after with no twists or turns in the golden road that lay before us, the carriage turned into a pumpkin. Yet, even as we fear the future and regret our stupidity and pine for our losses, can't we also simultaneously detect a strange and perverse comfort in the notion that maybe this wrenching course correction we're experiencing is sending us back to a place we're more at ease in?

Daily Blog

Exploring the Consciousness of Our Daily Habits

Falling Under the Trance of Routine

Fred Wistow • 11/26/2013

If a habit is a way of acting that, unconsciously and often compulsively, becomes fixed through repetition, then a mode of behavior that’s followed regularly and usually through choice might be termed a "practice."

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Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

Mary Sykes Wylie, Dusty Miller, Esther Perel, Frank Pittman, Fred Wistow, Gary Greenberg, Katy Butler, Laura Markowitz, Molly Layton, Rich Simon, Ron Taffel • 1/1/2017

Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.

Magazine Article

Caught in a Web

A World Where Life Is Always Elsewhere

Fred Wistow • 11/3/2016

Every day, every moment, we must wade through the flood of incoming alerts and emails urgently demanding our time and attention, all the while knowing that there’s an infinite ocean of stuff online that waits for us at all hours to stick our toe in so that it may then slowly begin to swallow us up . . . until we drown.

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Black Unlike Me

Some Uncomfortable Reflections on Growing Up White

Fred Wistow • 11/18/2015

At a time when many are calling for a renewed national conversation about race, an aging, liberal, white New Yorker—who admits he’s never been a party to any such conversation, not with a black person anyway—shares some highly uncomfortable, extremely personal reflections.

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Creatures of Habit

Do We Really Choose How We Live Our Lives?

Fred Wistow • 11/5/2013

When routines and habits become as lifeless as the manner in which one brushes one’s teeth, when the choreography of one’s existence resembles a blindfolded slog through quicksand—rather than the Jets and Sharks leaping across the streets of the Upper West Side—something must be done.

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Family Matters

Nothing Like Willy Loman? A Classic Play Still Casts a Haunting Spell

Fred Wistow • 11/6/2012

More than 60 years after its Broadway debut, a classic play continues to cast a haunting spell.

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Goodbye

Each of Us Owes the Universe a Death

Fred Wistow • 6/30/2011

In a very dark corner of each of our minds is a voice that says, “I’m going to die. One day, I’m going to die.” How we react to this voice determines how we live our lives.


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At the Movies

Fred Wistow • 3/22/2010

Movie Magic

The search for transcendence in a celluloid world


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Reality Shows

Fred Wistow • 11/1/2009

Is there any place more filled with despair and dread than an emergency room in the middle of the night?

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Easy Money

Maybe Our Parents Had it Right All Along

Fred Wistow • 3/1/2009

We're living through a breathtaking realignment of our consciousness about money, no longer lulled by the ever-sweeter melodies played by the Pied Piper of our times, the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Our challenge now is to let goof the fairy tales of endless wealth that gave us such childish comfort.

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The Non-Remembrance of Things Past

Fred Wistow • 1/1/2009

Has your memory become erratic, unreliable, fuzzy at the edges, or nowhere to be found, like those barely remembered dreams that wriggle out of your grasp in the middle of the night? If so, take heart! You're not alone.

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Fred Wistow is a contributing editor to the Psychotherapy Networker and lives in New York City.