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Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
New York, New York
I am a licensed Clinicial Psychologist with specialized training in mood and anxiety conditions. I... Full Bio
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Don’t Just do Something, Stand There: a Primer on how to be a Good Listener by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Most of my clients have a reasonably-sized social network with whom they interact. Only a small fraction of the people who come to see me are socially isolated; the rest, ... Read on »
Wants Versus Needs: Know the Difference and be Happier by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I contributed my second piece to the new legal website, ConstitutionalDaily.Com (read the first piece, about money and happiness, here ). This one is about the difference ... Read on »
“Good Enough” vs. “Not a Good Match”: a Primer on Dating and Relationships by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When potential clients make initial contact, either by phone or email, they often ask, “what are your areas of speciality?” I always reply with Mood and Anxiety issues. ... Read on »
News and Notes: Get up to Speed! by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Here are some updates (e.g., self-promotion) for those of you smart enough to avoid my Twitter feed : I’ll be joining forces with titans of the legal industry at a new ... Read on »
Pre-Marital Therapy: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Who Needs It? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I did an interview for a fairly popular magazine* last week, although I don’t think the editors decided to go with my answers to their questions about pre-marital therapy. ... Read on »
Some More Hate Mail by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For early installments of hate mail, click here and here . After the New York Jets pulled a “close, but no cigar” for the second straight year, I considered giving up ... Read on »
“Most Important Works of Art in the Last Decade” Winners Revealed by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Sorry for taking so long to post about this project . Very few agreed with my nominations , although we got some great choices by a lot of people. So, in no particular o ... Read on »
Since Law is the New Taboo Field of Study, What about Clinical Psychology? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Even though the New York Times has just now said something that Philalawyer clarified for us years ago, it’s worth asking: is becoming a Psychologist a viable option in th ... Read on »
The Bill Zeller Suicide Letter by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health You can read his heart-wrenching suicide note here . You know my take on suicide : it’s not a wish to be dead, it’s a wish for the pain to recede and not seeing any ot ... Read on »
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Won’t be in the DSM-V…Oh Heaven Forfend! by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There will be no Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) in the DSM-V. I know, horrifying. But before we take to our torches and maces and 2 x 4′s with nails in them to ... Read on »
My Submissions for the “Most Important Works of Art in the Past Decade” Exercise by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here for a description of the exercise. The following, in no particular order, are a few of my thoughts on the most important works of the 2000′s: Next to ... Read on »
Join us for the Most Important Works of Art in the Past Decade by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Thank you to everyone who contributed to the short fiction writing exercise last month (read my entry here , as well as the winners here ). We had a great time with that ... Read on »
The Puppy on the Leash: an Analogy for More Balanced Thinking (and, Therefore, Greater Happiness) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A few months ago I noticed a woman in Manhattan training her puppy. It seemed as though her goal was to have the dog walk directly at her side without straying in any dir ... Read on »
Short Fiction Winners Revealed by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Thanks to everyone who submitted a very short fiction piece to both Ben Corman and me. We received a hefty number of entries (I counted until I didn’t want to count anymo ... Read on »
Two Quotes: One on Pornography and One on Infidelity by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Thanks to everyone for participating in the very short fiction exercise. Select pieces will be up on the site next week. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that my su ... Read on »
My Entry in the Short Fiction Writing Exercise (Remember, I’ve Never Done this Before) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here to see the rules and rationale for this exercise, and check back later this week for links/entries to other great pieces that were submitted. Ter ... Read on »
Join our Short Fiction Writing Exercise by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There is an article in New York Magazine that discusses James Frey’s recent business adventure in literature. Allegedly, he is recruiting young writers to help him produ ... Read on »
Dr. Allison had a Rough Thanksgiving, Part 2 (How Intelligence Promotes Wisdom) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Read Part 1 here (it’s kind of required reading for this post to make sense): So the Smart Crew was back at it this Thanksgiving and Allison, being the trooper she is, ... Read on »
Do Overly Fretful Parents Need to be Shot (a Guest Post of Sorts)? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last year, I wrote a short blog post called Screw up Your Kid: Teach Him to Fear the World . It was directed at hyper-vigiliant parents who live in constant fear that the ... Read on »
An Interview with the the Wall Street Journal: How Can “Talkers” be in Relationships... by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I did an interview with a writer for the Wall Street Journal – apparently they like to report on relationships and communication styles and not just financial issues – and ... Read on »