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Dr. Robert Nemerovski, Psy.D.
Works at Progress Foundation
Attended University of California, Berkeley
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I was asked to contribute to this story about a terrible #roadrage incident. Be safe out there.

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How cool that Pixar is going to explore the adolescent mind in a new movie next year. Looking forward to it, especially the talent they have contracted to play the voices of the young girls various and conflicting emotions.

Pixar's Inside Out is a year away, but on Thursday at the DGA Pete Docter gave a sneak peek and we were also treated to the premiere of the next short, Lava, a lovely Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy. They're a good match and will screen together on June 19, 2015, but I believe Inside Out has the potential to be Pixar's most profound movie in its exploration of how the mind works metaphorically.
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Important concepts about the psychological origins of killers rage but also #roadrage:

"Killers in mass shootings linked by narcissistic rage" via @sfgate
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I will be appearing on ABC's Nightline Friday, May 23 at 12:35am ( really, Sat. Morning) when I will be interviewed about my research and clinical work with Road Rage. Set those DVR's!

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Over the past few years, meditation has evolved from an of-the-moment fad to a legitimate health craze, as research has linked the practice to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Science has even shown that mindfulne...
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Anger is a normal human emotion that warns us that something is being done to us that is threatening, unjust, or gets in the way of getting our needs met. Of course, we can become angry at ourselves for a variety of reasons. Anger by nature is not a “problem” nor does it always require “anger management.” Unfortunately, for many people, anger can become a problem when:

•It makes us feel uncomfortable, “bad,” or out-of-control. Many people were “trained” by their families never to express anger, so they never learned how to understand, tolerate, process, and communicate about the emotion.

•We experience anger more intensely and/or more frequently than we can handle. If our anger becomes “toxic” and gets in the way of living a happy, healthy, productive life, then it deserves to be looked at.

•It leads to problems in communication within relationships. Anger in relationships tends to be a secondary emotion for other, deeper hurts that can be triggered by friends and loved ones. When this happens, communication and empathy suffer which can lead to further problems and pain and strains on our connections with other people.

•Anger triggers impulsive behaviors that limit our happiness and growth, hurt ourselves and others, and can ultimately cause major damage in our lives.
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This is a great piece on how #RoadRage can spread like a wildfire from one driver to another–or even a passenger. Great suggestions for how to manage one’s behavior when “infected with irrationality” and the intense motivation for revenge.

-Dr. Road Rage (Bob)

(for more about Road Rage and my work, visit:
When the driver threw the full sports drink bottle at my wife's car, it's as if his irrationality drilled through the passenger door and seeped into my brain.
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The headline's a bit sensational and misleading but the methods are well studied, ideas I suggest to my clients, and worth a try. Note the explanation as to why avoiding anxious thoughts makes things worse.

When we're worried about something, "What if?" is the enemy. What if we mess up at work? What if we can't complete our goals? What if everything falls apart? Our default is to dwell on the potential of bad outcomes. As psychologist Rick ...
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Here's the web article on #RoadRage
from ABC that goes with my Nightline appearance tonight. Video to come...

As we head into the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest driving weekends of the year, and it is high season for road rage.
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The effects of bullying last pretty long, and effect people in all parts of their lives. This exhaustive study proves it.
From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age a large study suggests.
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There's an elevator filled with psychologists. The door opens, and a non-psychologist walks into the elevator. He says, "hi." He gets off the elevator, leaving the psychologists. They turn to each other and one says, "I wonder what he meant by that." -Author unknown, but spot on.
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"Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way--that is not within everybody's power; that is not easy."
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I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a general practice in Marin County and San Francisco. I provide psychotherapy for adults, teens, and couples and psychological testing for teens and adults. I focus my work on Anger problems, Panic and other Anxiety Disorders, and Men's/Boy's Issues. Visit for more about my work.
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I was a guest, featured expert psychologist on ABC's Nightline's Road Rage episode (
  • University of California, Berkeley
    BA, History, 1983 - 1987
  • Wright Institute of Clinical Psycology
    Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, 2005 - 2010
I am a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist for adults, teens, and couples.
Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, Coaching, Consultation, Organizational Management
  • Progress Foundation
    Consulting Clinical Psychologist, 2012 - present
  • Alta Mira Recovery Programs
    Testing Psychologicst, 2012 - present
  • Private Psychotherapy Practice
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 2011 - present
  • San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group Clinic
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 2012 - 2012
  • Claudia Perez, Ph.D.
    Psychological Assistant, 2011 - 2012
  • San Francisco Psychotherapy Clinic
    Psychological Assistant, 2010 - 2012
  • Community Institute of Psychotherapy
    Psychological Assistant, 2008 - 2011
  • Sonoma State University
    Predoctoral Intern, 2007 - 2008
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