Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)
More Love Letters and Day-Brighteners
I wanted to share with you that I really enjoyed your interview with Gangaji at Paradoxica [Volume 5]. I thought it was very skillful how you were able to participate fully but still bring it back to important points she made and pick up where the discussion had left off. It was a very awake interview, plus honestly it was helpful to me personally in the moment when I read it. —Ronald L. Johnson, MFA, Portland, Oregon [ Paradoxica contributor]
is a great line in the song, "Once in a lifetime", by the Talking Heads:
"You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here". If you really want
to know "how did I get here" and make substantive changes in your life,
then schedule a session with Dr. Will Joel Friedman. You can spend many a dollar
on educating yourself through MBA programs and the like...however, the best return
on investment (ROI) is with Dr. Will...by far. Take a look at his web site for
a preview of how he may assist you. Good Luck and Godspeed. Cheers,
I’d like to introduce myself as a reader of your on-line blog. I’ve enjoyed reading several of them; the most recent being the “Ego can be a superb servant and a tyrannical master: Recognize four functions of Ego”... One point in particular, in your more recent article, you mention your alarm clock and how you have not used it in over a decade. I can relate to this as I haven’t used my own since the late 80’s. My Ego-mind, daily wakes me at 4 am, without effort and in eerily fashion as you describe. I had wondered how I’ve been able to continue this for more than 27 years, now I have gained a better understanding. I appreciate the insight. —Dempster R. “Bobby” Cherry, Investment Advisor
Dear Dr. Friedman,
late Birthday Doc!! I am sure you enjoy every minute!! I have been using "Dr.
Friedman-isms" lately! Hope your ears have been ringing. I had really good
girlfriend therapy sessions this past week. I still ask myself what you would
ask me or tell me. You have been such a huge part of my life. To another wonderful
year!!! Many blessing to you and your family. Thank you for being a great catalyst
in our lives.
gave me some inspirational words.... I just wanted to take the time and tell you
I appreciate you... and that I have only found very interesting things on your
site. You weren't lying, there is definitely a lot here to read, watch, and learn,
and so far I've enjoyed all of it. It is great to see how passionate you are in
your work - as that is very inspiring. Thanks again, and I hope someday to run
into you again...
I have spent the greater part of my life, until
I met you, trying to understand why I dwell on things the way I do and why I have
a hard time letting go of grudges. I have also spent that same time denying that
I have a problem and placing blame on everyone else. I am finding balance....
I am learning to take it one day at a time and I am striving to live in the moment.
I am optimistic about the future and the personal change that will come with time.
Thank you for helping me see that "It's just not fair," [article: willjoelfriedman.com/articles/articToolsFEY-Notfair.html]
and I am fortunate to have made it as far as I have today.
I'd just like to thank you for all
your informative and amusing videos on self & ego. I witnessed dissolvement
of my own ego in a ketamine induced state (accidentally and unexpected!) and your
speeches have helped me to understand the truth! As you could probably guess;
what I thought I experienced I wasn't and what I thought was 31 years of free
choice was merely my entire life merely slaved to my ego, a set of concepts and
illusions! Your videos helped to understand myself better and have given me great
insight into how I can choose the best path! Thanks.
I want to surrender to my exhaustion and
have the courage to stop bullying myself. I know that the textures of life are
wondrous and I want to be. I am glad to have read your piece [article: Needless:
You Can Have Almost Anything You Want (So Long As You Don't Need It)] about
letting go of need; it's like a sign pointing the wrong way.
Thanks for your fabulous
article on unhealthy attachments [article: Needless:
You Can Have Almost Anything You Want (So Long As You Don't Need It)]. Please
write more like this about attachment in relationships. I found it very helpful
and healthy. I sent it to all my healthy friends and colleagues. Cheers. Blessings.
feel a certain comfort level with you. And againyour website is excellent
I really do feel as if you are an old friend.
Thank you for teaching me how to live in
the present. My life has changed drastically since I met you. Take care.
Superb website Will, am excited
to read more. Am very interested in your book, do you have any idea when it might
be ready. Thank you.
website is quite impressive! I am in and have been in relationship with a number
of passive-agressive personality types, and it is reassuring to know that there
is help for all of us to find ways of living peacably, in the moment, no matter
what our circumstances.
would like to congratulate Dr. Friedman for his fine work and dedication to introducing
a very complex undertaking in making ancient ideas of living a balanced life blend
and become workable with clinical psychology practice. In a time when the world
is in such rapid transition most everyones anxiety, caused by fear of the
unknown, is extremely high. Since the antidote for anxiety is information, Dr.
Friedmans approach to therapy brings the right blend of information and
tools to help clients discover more choices for the complex issues they are dealing
with. Working with Dr. Friedman will definitely boost your emotional, social,
and transpersonal intelligence. I would also recommend viewing his most informative
and well designed website. I appreciated the ease of navigating his website, the
quality of the articles and the relevancy and usefulness of the innumerable links.
Keep up this important work Dr. Will!!
It was a pleasure to meet you at the Paradoxica
conference in Lethbridge Last week. I enjoyed your presentation at the conference,
and have read and re-read your Paradoxica article, which really resonated for
me. I look forward to seeing you again at the 2nd annual Paradoxica conference.
Dr. Friedman, I read your 22 page pdf [Featured article: "Surrender
All To Consciousness To Reveal the Self"] and could really relate to
it. Very nice and inspiring.
has so many resources it is a temptation for me to go exploring...and the Otis
images blend so well!
website is very thorough and easy to navigate. Your links are excellent. Shirley
is thrilled with all aspects.
Your website is incredible,
it shows you have put a great deal of time and effort in.
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