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Dr. Cheryl Pappas
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Dr. Cheryl Pappas has been an on-air host, psychotherapist, media commentator, consultant and contributor for a variety of cable, network, satellite and web programs.

Successful with a long-established Beverly Hills psychotherapy practice, Cheryl was first sought after by national and foreign news networks as an on-air commentator for the O.J. Simpson trial and the 9/11 tragedy. She has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CBS News, The CW, Fox, E! as well as on local Los Angeles ABC, CBS, and NBC news affiliates.

In print, she has been interviewed for Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, WebMD, and She is obsessed with hearing what people and the news are really saying, interpreting the numbing hysteria that passes as truth. Her commentary is featured on her website,

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The Trumping of Real Over Unreal

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Donald Trump is producing an endless field day of a political season for any psychologically-inclined media looky loo.

The outrage and shock waves following Trump's every word are so extreme that the noise pours into the streets and rocks the political media theatre daily.

This stunning showing in the polls...

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I Love Me!: New Stories For Children

(3) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 3:59 PM

I Am Lilly and Penelope's Pearls are a new dynamic duo of children's books, written by Annie Reiner. Annie Reiner comes from a gold medal show biz family. Her father, Carl Reiner, is a comedy legend.

She has the chops of a writer and artist, one who has chosen to...

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Come Home for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 6:07 AM

For those seeking a sex or holiday booze article, click onto something else immediately, like TMZ or the Today show.

In the spirit of holiday cheer, I challenge everyone to follow Nancy Reagan's sage words, "Just say no," to turning away from having your own mind.

Plug yourself back...

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The Curmudgeon Listener Says: Enough With 'Like'

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 1:28 PM

The word like is a wicked weed that has killed the flowers of language in the speech and communication garden of life. "Like" is an infestation killing off meaning in every spoken human contact, and no spray or bomb of intelligence is strong enough to wipe it out.

Sure, the...

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The Power of Support

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 7:17 PM

I was having dinner at an unremarkable neighborhood traittoria the other night, when I glimpsed something remarkable.

The busboy, having been asked to toast the bread for an adjoining table, threw the basket of bread on a counter with a naked ferocity. His fists were shaking and I looked around...

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The Educated Uneducated: Is the World Too Much With Us?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 6:30 PM

It's a schitzy time to be an American.
Since 9/11, more and more we have turned away from our individual lives and instead have taken on, in an utterly virtual way, the woes of the world.
With daily visual world news loops of hate and blood, the media...

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When Comedy Went to School: The Movie That Celebrates Jewish Humor

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Before there was Prozac, there was Jewish comedy.

There is only one fail-proof cure that I know of for enduring the trials of our times, and that is laughter.

I know that people are not always in the mood to laugh, due to depression, the state of the world, and...

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Paula Deen's Damage Control

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 8:50 PM

Paula Deen's Today Show damage control appearance was, in my opinion, not successful.

As the interview wore on, her strategy was to assert her goodness and point to the bad behavior of others.

This is psychologically considered normal as a personal style of defense, but for as grand a venue...

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The Quiet, Powerful Courage of Lambda Legal

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 6:17 PM

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In the vast universe of humanitarian organizations, few are committed to creating a world where freedom reigns for all while sidestepping narcissistic fanfare the way that Lambda Legal is.

For those who don't know, Lambda Legal...

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Putzel, the Movie

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:09 PM

When was the last time you entered a movie theatre and really left your life on the street outside the theatre?

This was impressively the case for me at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival's opening night screening for the movie gem, Putzel.

Putzel has just been awarded Best Picture...

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To the Motherless on Mother's Day

(7) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 11:27 AM

It is not fun to be motherless any day of the year.

Since we have officially begun the late-April through mid-May greeting card industry wind-up to M-Day, I thought it only fair to say a word on behalf of those for whom Mother's Day is actually Motherless Day.

I'm not...

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Boston and Terror: Love Is the Answer

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 8:13 PM

We are traumatized as terror unfolds from the Boston bombings and the killing at MIT.

Our minds are full of horrific images, as we feel more and more fearful and out of control.

What do we do and how do we talk to ourselves during this traumatic time?

The quickest,...

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What Are We Adults Telling Ourselves About Boston?

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 8:52 AM

The heavy impact of the Boston bomb attack terror is weighing rightfully on us.

It surely is cause for reflection, the need for urgent waking up to the possible continued existence of terrorist activity here in the so-called "homeland" of America, and legitimate cause for great concern.

As passenger airline...

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The New American English Language (A Conversation About Words)

(8) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:03 PM

I had an altercation on the phone last night with a guy who works for a residential rental company.

Calling about a specific house, what I assumed would be a straight forward communication instantly devolved.

"That's actually an amazing place," the guy announced, although he hadn't seen it.

When I...

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 6:30 PM

Yes it's holiday time, aka "the most wonderful time of the year."

Or is it?

According to songwriters Eddie Pola, George Wyle, and John Moss, why, yes it is!

"It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle-belling
And everyone telling you
Be of...

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The Morning After

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:22 AM

The horror of storm Sandy's destruction on the East Coast may be an ominous sign for Tuesday's own presidential election storm.

Or will the election itself prove to be a benign conclusion after a terrifying weather warning; skies of fog with patches of disinterested drizzle.

We have seen a blizzard...

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The Meticulous Political Dance of a Manic Media

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:24 PM

We are rounding the bend toward the last act in this season's power play of a presidential campaign.

Just when you think the two teams couldn't possibly sink any lower in their rabid attempts to kill off the other, another day of media sound bite analysis dawns.

At this moment,...

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40 Is the New 70

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 3:44 PM

There's a brilliant new comedy on television.

It's a car commercial.

It's dark, and apparently subtle, as comedy goes, but some adolescent advertising intern sure has a gift for cutting-edge funny.

It involves a voice-over narrative of a 20-something son describing his parents as examples of aging people who naturally,...

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July 4th and the Renovation of America

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 6:43 PM

July 4th is here and it's a good time to think about America.

Let's celebrate our July 4th freedom with a game called, "What Is Going On Right Now in America?"

What freedoms have we gained and lost in this last year?
What has changed in the way we...

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Eating Is Dangerous

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 10:23 AM

It's a bad time to be hungry in America.

First, let me say that it has been a bad time forever to be hungry if you are poor and impoverished anywhere in the world.

Today I am speaking of a different matter: the increasing numbers of toxic foods,...

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