Perils of Cancel Culture

The effects of “cancel culture” are all around us. A popular conservative social media site with more than 10 million users is suddenly shut down. It essentially disappears from the Internet. A particular pillow brand is not to be found at stores that previously carried and advertised the product. Even a can of beans is eliminated from grocery store shelves due to a different or “unacceptable” philosophy or political idea held by company leadership.  The practice of cancel culture is threatening the very foundation of America and further polarizing our…

Relationship Talk: Q and A #3

Q:  Help!  Some of my closest friends and family members are choosing to vote for another candidate than I am.  I don’t want to lose close relationships.  How do I handle this?    —Samantha from Westlake Village A:  Sometimes it can be very challenging to talk with others who hold differing political views, especially when those views are expressed in, shall we say, passionate ways.  We’ve all seen discussions turn personal and ugly when it comes to politics, whether it be on the nightly news or on social media sites.  …

Relationship Talk: Q and A #2

Q: It’s upsetting to me that I keep losing friends because we differ in our political stance and our views of the upcoming election.  How do I handle this? —June in Westlake Village. A: It can be very painful to see people who we have called friends turn away from us just because we don’t agree on certain things.  There was a time when friends could “agree to disagree” and yet still hold mutual respect and care for each other.  Issues that we are facing today societally are emotionally charged,…

Relationship Talk: Q and A #1

Q:  With my husband working remotely from home, we are always together.  Even though I love my husband and we have a good relationship, I feel frustrated that I don’t have the alone time that I used to.  What do I do?  —Terry from Thousand Oaks A: It can be a big adjustment to have both spouses spending all day, every day together.  What we have found in our therapy practice during this pandemic is that marital relationships that were successful and had good communication prior to COVID are currently…