Tag Archives: abuse

50 shades of the beast

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; Every time I turn on the TV, I am seeing scenes from Fifty Shades of Gray. I never thought I’d live to see the day that Hollywood was, essentially, promoting S&M. One thing I do find … Continue reading

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My son is exposing himself:

Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My wife and I divorced nearly nine years ago. After the divorce, she moved back to be with her parents in another state, taking my three children with her. I talk to them every day, but I … Continue reading

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Sexuality is just adult play:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; My friend Doreen was sexually abused as a child. I think she’s come to terms with it, but we discuss very private aspects of our lives and I know that before therapy, she went through some … Continue reading

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Forgiveness vs common sense:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, In a previous essay you addressed antisocial behavior within one’s own family. I have struggled for years with this type of behavior in two family members. What has further complicated the situation is that other family … Continue reading

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Eyes wide shut:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, When I look at many of my friend’s relationships, I see woman staying in horrible relationships because they believe that in some way they will change their partner’s abusive behavior. They all seem to think that … Continue reading

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She jumped the traditions but maintained the culture:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché: As soon as I was old enough I ran from my home. In my country woman are peons. There is no divorce. It is seen as a man’s right to have extramarital relations and a man … Continue reading

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Bullying of women

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I work as the only woman on a labor team with 8 male coworkers. I like my job and am good it but I am not as naturally strong as my male peers. No one at … Continue reading

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A child is not a DOG!

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché: A woman develops a burning desire to have children.  Her husband does not share her desire but he loves his wife and offers a compromise:  he will agree to have children as long as she exclusively raises the children.   He will live with and … Continue reading

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Controlling nice boyfriend:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My daughter suffers from some chronic conditions physical and emotional but her fiancé is against her being on any medication whatsoever. He has promised to take care of her and he gives her 27 supplements every … Continue reading

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The first step

Dear Dr. Brilliant cliché,  Here’s a problem I have with the twelve step program, and I’d like your opinion. Why must I declare powerlessness? I am an alcoholic. I have been trying my whole life not to be powerless toward … Continue reading

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