Dr. Drew On Envy And Our Celebrity Culture

March 25, 2011 by  
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Not a great fan of Dr. Drew – for people outside of the US who may not be familiar with his work, Dr. Drew is board certified in internal and addiction medicine. He is also the host of the TV show Celebrity Rehab and the radio show Loveline. While I find him to be very smart and insightful, it bugs me that he uses his knowledge to expose others for his own gain.

Anyway, in the clip below Dr. Drew discusses our obsession with celebrities. In it he is really clear, well spoken delivering great insight on the subject. He discusses our loss of understanding of what really brings us happiness and contentment – relationships and not money or power. He adds because as a society we model after narcissistic behavior of people that are not healthy, we feel empty and in pain.

A couple of days ago I wrote a post, Building Contentment With Real Values that addressed the same theme.

This is very important.

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Want To Ward Off The Evil Eye?

November 4, 2010 by  
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Yesterday, part of my blog’s discussion was red strings, which the Kabbalah Center uses to ward off “evil eye”.  Today, reading the Huffington Post, I found the below post.

I agree with the writer that the best way to protect oneself from envy is by being kind.  The second best thing is by not envying others.

When we understand there are some things in life we can control and some we can’t, we release a certain amount of frustration and envy because the reasoning is often random.  How can we envy something that happens to others’ when is often random and not a reflection of anyone’ worth or lack off?  Concentrating in our own lives and appreciating the forward movement that we can decide and control also alleviates any envy.  After all when we are busy planning, living, and recognizing our own efforts there is no time or space for envy.

Envy poison our lives with negative thoughts and feelings and robs us of energy that is much needed to advance our efforts.

When we do find ourselves in fortunate situations, being kind, compassionate and humble towards others, will also help with issues of envy.  Everyone has good and bad situations. So being kind when we are in a productive period without using that as a way to boost our egos will do great in warding the “evil eye”.

Remembering life is about all the different experiences will always help create harmony.


By Wray Herbert

Mexicans call it mal de ojo, and in Brazil it’s olho gordo. Turks call it the Eye of Medusa and ward it off with the ubiquitous talisman called nazar. American Jews use the Yiddish phrase Keyn aynhoreh to counter the jinx.

Cultures all over the world, dating back to antiquity, have some version of the “evil eye” — the poisonous stare of those who envy others’ good fortune. We recognize these beliefs as magical thinking, of course, but as with any superstition that is so widespread, belief in the evil eye raises some intriguing questions: What psychological purpose do these beliefs serve, and what are their roots in human nature?…Continued