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Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.
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Dr. Jacobson, a graduate of Cornell University, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UCLA/San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Residency Program, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area since 1999.

He specializes in insight-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, spiritual psychotherapy, couples therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and past-life regression therapy.

He's also a motivational and inspirational speaker and a Mastery of Life Mentor, guiding people toward the fulfillment of their goals and dreams.

He has authored his first book, "Forgive to Win!" which teaches people techniques for building self-esteem, eliminating sabotaging behaviors and creating the lives that they want.

Entries by Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

The Self-Sabotaging Behavior of Denial

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Most people have a variety of self-sabotaging behaviors that prevent them from manifesting the life that they want. The first step in overcoming self-sabotaging behaviors is to first recognize them. One of the most powerful self-sabotaging behaviors is denial.

Denial is a defense mechanism that discharges anxiety and emotional discomfort....

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How to Heal Relationships: What's Love and Communication Got to Do With It? Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:56 PM

When our relationships fail it is because we have made choices that are destructive and self-defeating. So caught up in our ego and our need to be right, we are blinded to the truth that love flourishes when we are compassionate, accepting, and forgiving.

So what can we do about...

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How to Heal Relationships: What's Love and Communication Got to Do With It? Part One

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Truly loving, nurturing and sustainable relationships are not happening for a great many of us. The reasons for this have to do with our ego getting in the way, with our unwillingness to be more thoughtful, tolerant and considerate, with our unwillingness to rise above the battlefield, to release our...

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Practice Forgiveness, Heal Yourself, Save the Planet

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 2:30 PM

The world is having a nervous breakdown. Despite incredible technological advances and mind-boggling innovations that make it easier for us to communicate and cooperate with each other, there is more miscommunication and divisiveness than ever before.

Why? Because we have not advanced emotionally or spiritually at the same pace...

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How to Overcome Your Unwillingness to Forgive

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 12:07 PM

When we are having difficulty forgiving others, we focus on our blessings and on being grateful for what we have in our lives despite what has been done to us. This can take the sting out of any offense and make it easier for us to let go of our...

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The Message We Aren't Getting From Our Politicians: Tolerance, Acceptance, Compassion and Unity

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 1:35 PM

Unity is a very important theme. It is critical to the resolution of the many problems facing our nation and our world today because without it we will never be able to engage the necessary solutions.

In this election year it's painfully clear that there are many people with many...

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Why Should I Forgive? The Origin of a New Year's Resolution

(13) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 11:10 AM

I've been asked why I'm passionate about teaching forgiveness. It's because all religious, spiritual and metaphysical roads I've traveled have led me here, to this one Truth borrowed from "A Course In Miracles": I forgive others for my own peace of mind.

In my late 20s I read the Bible,...

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 12:28 PM

It is terribly ironic that the holidays, which are meant to be a time for celebration, joy, family, loved ones, connection, harmony and contentment, bring sadness and depression to so many people. Why is this the case? Perhaps because those who suffer from the holiday blues are seeing their world...

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Every 'No' Could Be A Good Thing

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Consider this example: Using a hypothetical number (since I am not aware of the statistics involved in car sales), let's assume that for every 10 prospective customers that walk through the showroom door, one will be converted into a sale.

That being the case, a car salesman can expect to...

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Techniques to Repair and Sustain Relationships

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 11:55 AM

Practice forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, consideration, graciousness and generosity. Turn the other cheek. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Try to avoid getting defensive and angry. Give the benefit of the doubt. Don't assume the worst. Don't assume your partner did what they did to intentionally hurt you....

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How to Turn the Volume Down on Your Inner Critic

(8) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 8:34 AM

Many of us resist change because we are more comfortable with the known, as bad as it may be, compared to the unknown, which we fear could be far worse. Many of us resist change because we fear it may make others uncomfortable to the point where they distance themselves...

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How to View Setbacks on the Road to Success

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 11:25 AM

When we set our sights on a goal, no matter what it might be, and someone or something gets in our way, our first impulse is often to feel badly about it.

We tend to get angry, anxious, depressed, frustrated, discouraged and/or demoralized, due to our interpreting what has happened...

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How to Succeed in Business by Spiritually Trying

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 10:42 AM

If we continually procrastinate and sabotage ourselves to the point of not getting the lives we want, we need to re-program our subconscious minds, because it is not our being a victim of bad luck or some more concrete scapegoat that is getting in our way. It's us.

When one...

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To Thine Own Bucket List Be True

(5) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 12:18 PM

People want to make the most out of their lives. Duh. What I find fascinating is the underlying assumption that, in order to make the most out of our lives, we must attempt daring and bold feats of power and passion.

Here's the point: What if that isn't true? What...

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Are You a Fearist or a Cheerist? The Power of Positive Psychology

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 3:10 PM

I posted a status update recently which said, "You can't hit a home run if you don't step up to the plate." I received a reply, "True. And if you don't step up to the plate, you can't strike out."
I responded with, "Spoken like a true fearist. Certainly...

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I'm Right, You're Wrong: Egos and Relationships

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 6:47 PM

Happiness in relationships is a choice. Here's how it works: Our partner says something we disagree with, whether it be an observation about us, a recollection of something we said or did, or a perspective about the world and its workings.

Rather than let it go or agree to disagree,...

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How to Deal with Personal Guilt and Shame

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 8:59 AM

We all have, deeply embedded in our unconscious mind, a self-loathing part of us, regardless of how much self-esteem we have, regardless of how much good we do in this world and regardless of how proud of ourselves we are for our ethical and compassionate behavior.

That self-loathing, as irrational...

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Taking A Closer Look At Where Our Nutrients Come From

(21) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 11:00 AM

A few months ago I read the book, "Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program For Conquering Disease," by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Reading the book led to my decision to engage in a seven-day, water-only fast. (Editor's Note: Speak to your doctor before making an extreme...

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How to Cope with Stress

(6) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 8:31 AM

Common symptoms of stress, particularly prolonged stress, are depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, anger, reactivity and impulsivity. Stress can affect appetite, energy levels and motivation. It can alter one's perceptions, thoughts, insight and judgment. People who are stressed out just don't think as clearly, they're out of balance, they're disconnected from...

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How Affirmations Can Improve Your Life and Relationships

(27) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 8:12 AM

People use affirmations for different purposes. Some of us use them to program our subconscious mind to believe certain things, in order to attract and create the reality we desire. For example, some of us tell ourselves, "Every day and in every way I am getting better and better," or,...

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