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Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib Ph.D

Question: What’s Your Default Position?

"Using nothing more concrete than the fantasies we create from our own personal history with ‘similar’ people, we default to what’s familiar.” more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Shrink Rap

Consider This with Dr. Rick: August 7, 2014

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” — Joseph Campbell more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Consider This

Consider This: February 4, 2016

“My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.” —Anthony Hopkins more »

Feb 3, 2016 10:59 AM Consider This

Where Did Everybody Go?

I’ve been wondering if you’ve ever shared my recent experience. Over the past few years—and last year especially—my support system seems to have left the building. There’s been an exodus from Chattanooga of some of my ... more »

Feb 3, 2016 10:59 AM Shrink Rap

Consider This: January 28, 2016

“I am not afraid of my truth anymore and I will not omit pieces of me to make you comfortable.” —author unknown more »

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Consider This

Consider This: January 21, 2016

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir more »

Jan 20, 2016 12:03 PM Consider This

Consider This: January 14, 2016

“Sometimes we feel empty; we feel a vacuum, a great lack of something. We want to feel less alone, less empty. It is a deep thirst.” —Thich Nhat Hanh more »

Jan 13, 2016 4:03 PM Consider This

Consider This: January 7, 2016

Live the life you’ve imagined. Possibility begins with imagination. Encourage your hopes, not your fears. Embrace imperfection. Know in your heart you are loved. more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Consider This

Shoring Up Our Inner Strength

Those of you who are regular Shrink Rappers know that this is the time of year when we look at setting goals for the year ahead, exploring the power of intentions (over resolutions), and discovering ways to begin (or continue) ... more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Shrink Rap 2 Comments

Consider This: December 17, 2015

“If you’re always trying to be ‘normal,’ you will never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou more »

Dec 16, 2015 1:33 PM Consider This

Homo for the Holidays (Revisited)

If you are someone who loves spending intimate, quality holiday time with your family, sitting around the Thanksgiving table or Christmas tree with siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles and assorted others, raise your drumstick high! more »

Dec 2, 2015 1:48 PM Shrink Rap

Consider This: November 19, 2015

“Whichever stage of life we are in right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends … Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” — Steve Jobs more »

Nov 18, 2015 12:26 PM Consider This

Consider This: November 12, 2015

​“Go home and let your dog lick your face. Dog saliva is the most effective anti-depressant you can get without a prescription.” more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:32 PM Consider This

Stories of Hardship and Hope

I want to share a few stories with you. This afternoon, I received a call from Keith, a good friend of mine, who told me he had just lost his job. He is a very conscientious worker, had a lot of responsibility in his position ... more »

Nov 4, 2015 2:51 PM Shrink Rap

Consider This: November 5, 2015

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland more »

Nov 4, 2015 2:46 PM Consider This

Consider This: Oct. 29, 2015

​“We’re all just walking each other home.” — Ram Dass more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:49 PM Consider This

Consider This: Oct. 22, 2015

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” — Masaru Emoto more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Consider This

Consider This: October 15, 2015

“I don’t fly-fish to escape from life’s little problems … I fly-fish to remind myself how little life’s problems are.”— Unknown more »

Oct 14, 2015 3:05 PM Consider This

Using Your (Brain) Power for Good

Here’s what we know: It’s good to relax. Deep, conscious breathing accomplishes this, along with improving pain management, and could even help us live longer. When I teach meditation and breathing techniquesto folks who ... more »

Oct 7, 2015 12:16 PM Shrink Rap

Consider This: October 8, 2015

“Please quit wasting time with negative thoughts. Let your perspective change. There are so many good people all around you.”— Paul Moore more »

Oct 7, 2015 11:59 AM Consider This

Consider This: October 1, 2015

“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” — Oscar Wilde more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Consider This

Chattanooga Gay Pride: Then and Now

Here we are, 2015, undoubtedly one of the most powerful and meaningful years in the history of human rights, especially for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) rights. more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Cover Story