Close encounter with Feri Lainscek

Feri Lainšček, a much translated Slovene writer, very popular and successful also in his home country, was more than pleasant to listen to on the national holiday, 25. of June, the state independence day of Slovenia, a relatively young state. I cannot quote all his interesting statements, for that would call for a proper interview striving to do him justice. Thus I chose only one of his statements that made me ponder: “I wonder, how can a generation of parents, that have handled the new state so badly, have raised so wonderful kids?” Let me put this statement into context. Lainšček was doing...
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Rush Hour Society

There is no point in hurrying, for one forgets half of the things to be done – in the very process of haste. Or one gets spilled over with hot coffee. What a waste! And please bear in mind that each individual functions at his/her own pace. Do not compare yourself with others. Life is not a competition with others, but only a competition with oneself. Even in professional sports, so I have read repeatedly lately (compare: Slovene top climber Mina Markovic, Slovene top skier Tina Maze etc.). Take care, Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective...
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Knots in Relationships

To untie a knot one has to be very patient and gentle. Conflicts in love relationships demand the same effort. And they also call for counting in the possibility that the thread will be thorn not matter how hard you try to save the relationship. But at least the thread will break with as little pain as possible, if one gives out one’s best. Divorce should be the last resort. One needs to deserve it by trying everything else before – from engaging in common hobbies to partner therapy. Yet, it is a known fact that a friendly divorce does the least damage possible. A friendly divorce? Yes, it is...
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A brand new five-star-review for my book by a psychiatrist from USA

Balancing the Beast: A Bright View of Schizoaffective Disorder is a wonderful book which does a great job explaining schizoaffective disorder. It is very well written and easy to read. It covers the differential diagnosis and various treatment options. This is a great book for both psychiatrists and their patients. I give it a 5 star Excellent rating. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL ...
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The irresistible extremes

It is true that Aristotle wrote about the golden middle or in other words about moderation in all things, but this is usually the toughest way of life. Exaggeration on the other hand is a lot easier. Why? Because one does not have to think and make decisions about how to reach the golden middle. One simply exaggerates in everything and makes oneself and others believe that one is right. Let me give you an example. A hundred years ago parents were very strict, beating their kids was a normal thing to do. Yet there were exceptions – parents that showed their offspring love and not just...
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