Fobidden Mexican Names Probably Should Be

In Sonora, people have been giving their babies some quirky names. It might seem overly paternal, but some of those names have been outlawed. The authorities said they wanted to prevent bullying. The biggest list I could find came from the Guardian. Here they are:

Burger King




Lady Di


Virgen (Virgin)

Escroto (Scrotum)

Hermione (From 


Usnavy (US Navy)

Quirky and Economic News that Caught my Eye

Some quirky news from Mexico (and a business spotlight).

Art Into Space

First, a Mexico is going to launch a nanosatillite into space to share Mexican culture. It will have one job: broadcasting music by 11 composers. It's name is Ulises (as in Ulysses, from the Iliad) and it will launch from the Kingdom of Tonga. It's the brainchild of an organization called CEM, that includes artists dedicated to taking art into space.


Trigger Alert, but No Reveal: The Counselor (the Movie)

Cameron Diaz makes love to a Ferrari

I want to warn you about the movie The Counselor--even if you're aching to see Cameron Diaz make love to a Ferrari's windshield while mesmerizing Javier Bardem. The warning is not because the movie pretends to be deep, and not because it's directed by Ridley Scott, who made an awfully scientifically inept science fiction movie called Prometheus (and as a result is now scorned by geeks), and not because of the many bad reviews.

Men and a Culture Shift: The Depression Blind Spot

Chart: Stress Interacts with Trait Neuroticism
We need to recognize that men's emotions and vulnerabilities are real and valid. But it is so programmed into us to be in denial about this, that we may not realize how much we act as though men's feelings don't count. This contributes to a lot of bad results that affect everyone.

Chantix Safe for Quitting Smoking? Alternatives?


Results from a new study of over 40,000 people suggest that the worries about side effects of Chantix may be greatly exaggerated. (Remember the debunking of concerns about MSG, that turned out to be mostly manufactured by the media and rumors?) I'm not thrilled with the idea of an antidepressant for quitting smoking, but many people have used it successfully, despite the millions that drug manufacturer Pfizer has paid out over claims against Chantix.

If you prefer an alternative, and just deciding to quit is not enough, I write about them below. 

Hope for a Personality Disorder

One of the most important principles of science is to consider all sorts of possibilities and build upon prior knowledge. Consider borderline personality disorder (BPD), which is a real roller coaster ride of emotions, insecurity, anger, and self-destructive behavior affecting many people. There was a tremendous breakthrough in psychotherapy called dialectical behavior therapy. This required some truly out-of-the-box thinking to create a dynamic, relevant approach to therapy for this population.

Genes and Negativity: What are the Advantages?

Have you ever pointed out a problem or encouraged finding a solution, only to be called negative? I'd like to point out the value of that "negativity." It can be the first step to vision. Every parent knows that you develop a sixth sense, becoming aware of anything that might be harmful to your child, starting with child-proofing your home.

An Emerging Force in Psychotherapy and Personal Development

Confluence refers to technologies merging into a new combination. Consider dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), in which psychosocial education looms larger than perhaps any other therapy. Especially at the outset, DBT relies on education because it is for people that do not do well with talk therapy or somatic therapy. This is a big step up from bibliotherapy, in which the therapist recommends a book that will help with therapy in some way.

Shimmering Workshop in Rosarito, Monday April 9, 2012

The next Rosarito Shimmering Workshop is coming up. Full details are here.


Addictions Workshop in Rosarito, for the General Public

Addictions workshop in Rosarito

Hi, It's for people that are concerned about a friend or family member with addictive behavior, or for people that are concerned about their own use of alcohol, drugs, or other possible addictions. I attached the flyer in case you or someone you know is interested. David and Bunny Torrez are the presenters, and I'll be the guest speaker. Dave and Bunny have extensive experience in the recovery community in roles such as sponsor. My addictions work includes clinical coordination of drug treatment programs and direct treatment.



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