Saturday, December 23, 2017

Practical Ways of Managing Anger

A well-established psychotherapist, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., is a respected presence in the Rockville, Maryland, medical community. Among the areas in which Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has in-depth knowledge is in counseling individuals and families on emotional addiction, depression, and anger management.

The latter involves psycho-therapeutic strategies for preventing and controlling anger, which can have a negative impact both on an individual's health and his or her relationships. As explored on the Mayo Clinic website, there are a number of practical ways of controlling anger, including waiting until calmness returns before expressing reactions. Once reasoned thoughts manifest, frame the frustration in a way that is clear and direct, without being confrontational.

Instead of emphasizing frustration over a problem that makes you angry, emphasize ways of working toward solutions in a collaborative and inclusive way. Employ “I” statements as a way of framing interpersonal angst. This way you don't claim to speak for others. For example, instead of simply stating “You’re playing that music too loud!” use a phrase such as "I’m trying to sleep and find the music you’re playing too loud.” This approach encourages both specificity and respect for the other party, which are key to lessening tension and achieving an equitable solution.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Joel and Ethan Coen Movies - No Country for Old Men

Operating his own private practice for more than 30 years as a licensed psychologist in Rockville, Maryland, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., is trained in a number of areas, including marriage and family counseling. Outside of work, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., enjoys taking time to enjoy interests such as movies by the Coen brothers.

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen began making movies in the early 1980s, with their first movie, Blood Simple, released in 1984. Since that time they have produced a number of well-known films such as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Arguably one of the best movies produced by the Coen brothers is "No Country for Old Men." Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the movie takes place in a bleak southern Texas setting and provides a study in self-imposed purgatory and of the way people can trap themselves in their own surroundings. The film doesn't include a typical music score and its dialogue is sparse, yet still reflects the Coen brothers’ unique style.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

An Introduction to Dyscalculia

As a privately practicing psychologist, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., addresses a variety of cognitive and emotional challenges, including dyscalculia and other learning disabilities. Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., stands out as the co-author of the book Many Ways to Learn: Young People's Guide to Learning Disabilities, an American Psychological Association publication.

Just as dyslexia makes it difficult for students to understand and write a composition, dyscalculia challenges one's ability to succeed in math. The specific difficulties that each child experiences may be different, and thus there is no cohesive picture of the disability.

Young children with dyscalculia struggle with number sense, which educators define as the understanding that the numeral 7 and the word “seven” represent the same value. They may also struggle with concepts of larger and smaller, which extends to challenges in understanding place value, positives and negatives, and basic math operations.

Children with dyscalculia can also have trouble understanding the organization and processes of mathematics. They may understand basic mathematical facts but may not be able to apply that knowledge to analyze and reason an answer to a problem from beginning to the end. For this reason, they often benefit from the use of diagrams, manipulatives, and mnemonic devices to help them conceptualize a mathematical construct and generalize. Some have difficulty remembering the systematic approach to specific math problem resolutions.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lost Stravinsky Piece Found Over 100 Years Later

Following the recipient of a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has been serving as a psychologist in Maryland for more than three decades. Outside of his professional endeavors, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., is a fan of classical music and is particularly fond of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. 

Although Stravinsky has died in the early 1970s, fans were recently treated to a new piece from the prolific composer after his long-lost work “Pogrebal’naya Pesnya” (“Funeral Song”) was rediscovered after more than 100 years. The 12-minute composition was thought to have been destroyed during Russia’s revolution and civil war in the early 20th century. However, it was recently found among old manuscripts in Russia’s St. Petersburg Conservatoire. 

Stravinsky’s “Funeral Song” was written fairly early in the Russian composer’s career, when he was 26. Created as a tribute to Stravinsky’s teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the orchestral piece was performed just once before being lost to history. 

The piece is currently making the rounds worldwide, with performances in Russia, the US, New Zealand, and South Korea, to name a few. The performance has been streamed live over the Internet, allowing Stravinsky fans worldwide to hear this lost piece for the first time.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Films of the Coen Brothers

Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, studied at the University of Maryland, College Park. For more than 30 years, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has provided individuals in Montgomery County, Maryland, with a variety of psychological services and support. Away from work, he enjoys taking photographs and watching the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.

Joel and Ethan Coen have established themselves as two of the most well-known filmmakers in America over the course of more than three decades, accrued 13 Academy Award nominations, and released a number of critically and commercially successful movies. After two early efforts, Blood Simple and Crimewave, the Coen brothers gained notice with their off-brand comedy Raising Arizona. The film starred Nicolas Cage and ultimately grossed nearly $23 million, more than six times the combined gross revenue of the brothers’ first two efforts.

Between 1996 and 2000, the filmmakers transitioned into the mainstream, while remaining critically viable. Fargo, the team’s seventh film, grossed more than $24 million and netted the brothers nominations for Best Director and Best Film Editing at the 1997 Academy Awards, not to mention a win for Best Writing for the Screen. Two years later, the Coens released what would become one of their most enduring films, The Big Lebowski, a dark comedy that received approval ratings of 81 percent from critics and 94 percent from audiences on the Rotten Tomatoes website. In 2000, O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney, was met with further acclaim and financial success.

In 2007, Joel and Ethan Coen released their 14th film, No Country for Old Men. The movie grossed $74 million and won Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay. In more recent years, the brothers have released several other notable films, such as True Grit, which brought in more than $170 million, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Bridge of Spies.