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Leeat Granek, Ph.D., is a critical health psychologist who studies grief, loss and cancer patients and their families.

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Entries by Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

The Absurdity of Academics Boycotting Academics

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 4:24 PM

This week, the American Association for University Professors, better known as the AAUP, voted to censure the University of Illinois because the group disagrees with the university's decision to rescind a job offer to Steven Salaita, a professor of American Indian Studies.

The decision was based...

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Loneliness Can Kill, Literally

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Lately, I've been plagued by a disturbing sense of anomie, a crosshatch of yearning, isolation and lack. The psychologist in me has been trying to identify precisely what this feeling is. Grief? Boredom? Emptiness? A combination of all three?

As it turns out, it's loneliness. This sensation is deeply unpleasant,...

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When Children Die of Cancer

(7) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Losing a child is one of the worst experiences a person can go through. The psychological research is consistent in finding that those who lose a child grieve for the longest, the most intensely, and with the most severe symptoms.

What happens though...

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The Oncology Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Cancer care in the United States and around the globe is in crisis. In 2014, the American Society for Clinical Oncology reported that while the demand for cancer care services has doubled, the number of practicing oncologists is likely to increase by only 28 percent in the next...

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To Boycott or Not to Boycott?: That Should Not Be the Question

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:38 PM

The doctoral students at CUNY situated at the Graduate Center in NYC, are contemplating a resolution to boycott Israeli academics, as are other academic forums.

I have been outspoken and writing against all academic boycotts for years. In response to the recent call, I have written an op-ed in...

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What to Do With Our Grief Over the Mid-East Crisis?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:09 PM

We are three weeks into the Mid-East crisis and the only thing everyone can agree on is that it's terrible. The death toll on both sides, as is repeatedly pointed out in every media outlet, is mounting.

That is about as productive as the dialogue gets. It's where...

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How Many People Need to Die? The Manipulation of Grief to Incite War

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:47 PM

On July 2, I published an article in Haaretz arguing that governments manipulate our grief in order to push forward political agendas. On July 3, my theory came to life when news broke of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder. Tragically for the Israeli nation, it was all...

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Calling for Revenge -- How Our Grief Is Used to Incite Violence and Murder

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:56 AM

On Wednesday July 2, I published an op-ed in Haaretz about the political uses of grief to further nationalistic and economic agendas in the United States and Israel.

On Thursday July 3 the article came to life in Israel as charges of a 'revenge killing'...

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Mourning and the Lonely Land of Closure

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 2:58 PM

A gift for all the mourners out there...

I recently heard a beautiful interview with Francisco Goldman about his novel Say Her Name on Writers and Company on the CBC. (For the Americans out there, that is akin to your NPR).

The majority of the interview is...

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Passover and Revolution: Why Are We So Afraid of Change?

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 2:33 PM

What is Passover really about?

The more I mull over the Exodus story, the more I think it's always been about change - or more accurately -- about our very human inclination to resist change.

At every point in the story, we come across resistance to the transitions faced...

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No Virginia, You're Not Crazy. You're Just Highly Intuitive

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 8:40 AM

I recently read a book that changed my life.

The Highly Intuitive Child by Catherine Crawford explained me to myself in ways that 11 years in university, a PhD in Psychology, and two years working in the profession failed to do.

In this short book, Crawford describes a...

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Dream a Little Dream...

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 3:15 PM

I've taken to daydreaming lately.

When I was a kid, I used to dream about being the president of the world. To me this meant that I'd know all the answers to all the questions in the universe. In my fantasy I would sit on a giant throne like...

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Father's Day Envy

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 1:55 PM

My earliest recollection of father's day took place in 1983. I was four years old and I was I was having my tonsils out. It was a traumatic experience for multiple reasons. I remember being ripped out of my mother's arms to be taken into surgery.

I was holding...

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Mother's Day for the Motherless

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 3:43 PM

Mother's Day was always a joyful occasion in our home. When I was younger I spent weeks preparing for the big day. I hung big colorful signs on the bathroom mirror. I strung multicolored balloons across the living room and kitchen walls. I presented my mother with sparkly (in retrospect...

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Musings of the Technologically Challenged

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2009 | 11:29 AM

For the past two weeks I have been anxiously awaiting the results of a fellowship competition I applied for in September. This is how academia works. You are constantly trying to convince funding agencies that you are smart enough to get their money.

Applications are long and tedious and...

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"Fuck The Guests": How I Learned to Have my Cake and Eat it Too

(8) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 3:23 PM

I recently sat in on a therapy workshop. It was one of those "lunch and learns" where health care professionals sit around with stale sandwiches to learn about the latest "evidence-based research" in the field.

We were asked to talk about our family motto's. This was meant to demonstrate how...

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If a Woman Gets Raped in the Congo and No One Chooses to Hear it, Did it Happen?

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 12:27 PM

Eve Ensler made me cry. A lot.

Unabashed, overwhelming, relentless tears washed down my face, smearing my mascara, and giving me that overall unattractive raccoon/just watched Tears of Endearment/just got dumped by my boyfriend look, as I listened to her speak about violence against women in the world.

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Lonely. Who, Me? Yes You!

(15) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 5:01 PM

"My heart gets excited when I see you because I love you and am happy to be with you."

These words were uttered to me over the phone by a five year-old. She is my best friend's eldest daughter and she never fails to move me, sometimes to tears,...

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Everything I Know About Love I Learned From My Parents

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 4:13 PM

I have always been ambivalent about Valentine's Day. I'm an academic. I have a litany of complaints as long as my arm about it. It's consumeristic. It's gender restrictive. It perpetuates false fantasies about love that are harmful and degrading to women.

Yet. Still. There is small part of...

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Who Wants to be the Goose Anyways?! Why Being Single Doesn't Suck

(14) Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 12:26 PM

When I was little there were three games that I hated with a passion.

The first was Duck Duck Goose. The anxiety of never knowing when you were going to be tapped "goose" was painful. The only thing worse than being tapped, was not being tapped, because it meant...

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