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Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.
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Psychotherapist, TV commentator, author and contributor.

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Can You Be Too Empathic?

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Ashely Papa, writer & contributor for FOX News Magazine recently contacted me to psychologically weigh in on the topic of empathy. She wondered if this virtuous quality could ever cause problems within a relationship. As a therapist, the ability to be empathic is an essential skill to have in order...

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Jenner's Journey Into "Her"

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 3:26 PM

By Dr. Robi Ludwig

After much anticipation, I along with millions of other viewers, 16.9 million to be exact, sat down to watch the highly awaited 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer and Bruce Jenner. During the interview, Bruce Jenner candidly spoke about his long term struggle with gender identity...

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What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?

(7) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:55 AM

Whether the rumors about Bruce Jenner are true or not, the story has definitely stimulated a national conversation about what it means to actually be transgender.

Ryan Sallans, who is a transgender man and author of the book Second Son, is an activist and international...

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The Prince Charming Factor

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:58 PM


As we get ready to move into February and Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to share the interview I did with Fox News's producer and online contributor for, Ashley Papa.


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Marriage: A Transgender Man's Perspective

(5) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:05 PM

I had the pleasure of first meeting Ryan Sallans through a mutual friend and colleague of ours several years ago. Rosy, our mutual friend, knew and worked with us both via her role as producer for the Larry King Live Show. Rosy asked me if I would be willing to...

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Acts of Kindness are Good for the Soul

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:12 PM


There are certain times of the year, like right now, that helps us to think about the spirit of giving and sharing. The holiday season is definitely one of those times. Against the back drop of all of the difficult and...

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Why Women May Be Bigger Cheaters Than Men?

(21) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:09 AM


Fox news producer and online magazine contributor, Ashley Papa, reached out to me a few months ago to talk about an article she was researching and wanted more insight into.The topic was about women and cheating. She asked me, "Are women cheating more...

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Our Homes, Ourselves and Creating the Perfect Stress-Free Environment

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Our homes can serve as a utopia for our often busy and action-packed lifestyles. Home is a reflection of what's important to us, who's important to us, and indicative of our own personal style and preferences. This is where we spend an important part of our day, which is also...

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Stop Copying Me!

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:35 PM

When the senior editor of Stylecaster, Perrie Samotin, contacted me about writing my professional thoughts about copycatting, I admit, it's not a topic I had recently given a lot of thought to. Copying someone's style becomes less of an issue as women become more and more knowledgeable...

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Shortcut Strategies to Living Your Best Life

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:50 AM


A few days ago I got an email from a lovely reporter who was doing a cover story for a local magazine. The topic was "How to Live Your Best Life." She asked me if I could answer a few questions, which I...

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The Secrets to Raising a Confident Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:35 PM

The one thing all mothers have in common with their daughters is that they were once daughters, too. Many moms go into mothering having strong theories about how to raise a confident daughter. These theories are usually based on their own childhood memories of being mothered by their own mothers....

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Why Is It So Hard to Feel Good?

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Perhaps it's the stage of life I'm in, mid-life, where I've noticed the conversations with my friends has taken on a slightly different tone than when we were younger. During our 20s discussions were often filled with lofty talk about our future. We'd talk about our goals, hopes and dreams,...

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Rx for Achieving a Rock Solid Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:26 AM

I came across an interesting blog article last week. The topic was about marriage. I know, it's a topic that's been written about extensively, so what made this article that different from the many out there? Besides having a clever hook (a mysterious build up to the answer), the recommendation...

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Successful Strategies to Find the Right Therapist

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Looking for the right therapist can feel like a daunting task even under the best of circumstances. After all, you don't want to put your mental health in the hands of just anyone. That would be a frightening thought.

Luckily, searching for the perfect therapist doesn't have to...

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Strategies to Connect Your Way Into Ultimate Success

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 4:46 PM

We are all social beings, no surprise there. In fact, it seems so obvious, we can easily take it for granted. Connecting is in our DNA. We are not meant to live our lives alone and in isolation. This internal pull to connect with others has helped us...

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Can You Really Shop Your Way To Happiness?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Stop the press! Scientists have found some uplifting evidence to suggest new purchases can actually combat our feelings of sadness and increase our motivation level. I knew there was an excellent reason for my lifelong love affair with shopping. Who wouldn't want to feel good, look good, and be more...

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Selfie Psychology: Is There an Age Expiration Date for This New Trend?

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:08 PM

The first selfie I ever took was in college. It was way before the word selfie even existed and was taken with a camera which had film that needed to be developed. Imagine that? So when I was asked to talk about how old is too old to take a...

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The Healing Power of Heartbreak: Why We Should All Have This Painful Experience

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:36 PM


Heartbreak. It's one of the biggest issues that comes up in my private practice. Love gone awry equals deep emotional pain, a spike in insecurity and a temporary desire to retreat from the world, at least from the dating world. Nothing can...

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Thank You for Critiquing Me?

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:01 AM

I recently got an email from a high-profile TV personality and colleague of mine. She's not only well known, but very successful and well respected in her field. She was in the middle of writing an article about women and criticism, Inspired by Hillary Clinton's advice to her...

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How Long Is Too Long for Boomerang Kids to Live With Their Parents?

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 3:03 PM

Each generation has its own distinct personality and challenges, and the millennials are no exception. Millennials were the last set of babies born during the 20th century, and they are a much larger and more diverse group than baby boomers. As this generation settles into the new economic realities of...

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