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Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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Ask Dr. Helen: When Being Professional Means Being PC

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Should doctors, lawyers, and other professionals feel obligated to send money to organizations that fund activities they don't believe in?

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Ask Dr. Helen: Dating the Divorced

Thursday, May 15th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Dating a divorced person can present many challenges, but do men and women have different needs in post-marriage relationships? Double standards abound.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Do Husbands Owe Wives Post-Childbirth ‘Push Presents?’

Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

A recent survey found 55% of pregnant mothers expected a "push present" from their husband. Is it appropriate and what does it say about a woman who insists on getting such a gift?

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Ask Dr. Helen: Are Men Keeping Other Men Down?

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Male judges who deny men access to their kids, male professors who bypass men for tenure, and certain male presidents who sexually harass women all help fuel anti-male bias.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Living Like One of the Guys

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Ditching a pocketbook for a wallet sounds like a great idea. But where do you put your chapstick and loose change?

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Ask Dr. Helen: Are Hybrid Owners All That…?

Monday, March 17th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Do our choices in cars really reflect our true personality traits? That's what they say, but Dr. Helen Smith isn't sure.

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Ask Dr. Helen: When Wife Out-Earns Hubby

Monday, March 10th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Increasingly, women are bringing in bigger bucks than their partners. How do wives cope with a wounded male ego? Dr. Helen Smith tackles the issue -- and solicits suggestions from the guys.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Single Men in Never-Neverland

Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Why do today's men run from commitment -- indefinitely delaying settling down in a marriage they take seriously, and having kids? Dr. Helen Smith asks whether they are indeed pampered eternal adolescents more interested in exploding toilets and video games than real life.

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Ask Dr. Helen: The 47-Year-Old Virgin

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - by Helen Smith

Middle-aged virgins are not necessarily the stuff of comedy. Choosing to wait is just fine, writes Dr. Helen Smith -- unless past sexual abuse or a debilitating lack of confidence is making the choice for you.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Should Men Be Kicked Out of the Church Nursery?

Friday, January 11th, 2008 - by Helen Smith

There's a double standard in our society when it comes to sexual abuse, writes Dr. Helen Smith, who reminds readers of the fact that many choose to overlook: women also commit sexual offenses against children.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Should Women Get Married?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Dr. Helen Smith's column, Should Men Get Married? caused quite a stir. Now she looks at the other side of the coin - and offers some tips for women on improving the odds of happiness if they do step up to the altar.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Home For The Holidays From Hell

Monday, November 19th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Not everyone looks forward to sitting around the Thanksgiving table with their extended family, notes PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith - particularly those whose politics differ from members of the clan. She offers a food-fight prevention survival guide.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Kissing Cousins

Monday, November 12th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Is marrying your cousin acceptable behavior - and is it a health risk for your future children? Dr. Helen Smith answers the question, and offers advice to a young woman with a boyfriend who seems a little too eager to commit.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Should Men Get Married?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 - by Helen Smith

If PJM's advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith ever doubted that the institution of marriage was getting to be an increasingly risky and expensive proposition for men - her readers have certainly educated her, forcing her to think carefully about whether or not to advise them to head to the altar.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Fighting for Men’s Rights

Monday, October 8th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Men are becoming increasingly concerned about finding justice in today's legal system. PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen interviews expert Glenn Sacks and warns against "standing idly by while your rights are infringed, your freedoms are in question and your sex is used as a weapon against you."

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Giuliani’s Cell Phone Problem

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 - by Helen Smith

When Rudy Giuliani took a phone call from his wife in the middle of a speech, PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith was dismayed. What his campaign tried to spin as the act of a caring husband, she sees as a red flag. Can a guy control the nation if he is controlled by his spouse?

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Ask Dr. Helen: If Moms Ran the World

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Actress Sally Field made headlines with her Emmy Awards acceptance speech by claiming that there wouldn't be any more wars "if mothers ruled the world." PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith offers her opinion on the likelihood of world peace if moms were in charge.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Getting What You Ask For

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Are societal pressures preventing adults from getting what they want? PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith approaches the question from two directions when she confronts the issues of a couple's desire to pass on IVF eggs to a worthy recipient, and a man afraid to walk next to his wife for fear of getting in someone's way.

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Ask Dr. Helen: Doing Unto Others

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Is everyone motivated by some sort of self-interest when they engage in an altruistic act? Does that mean no charity or volunteerism is truly noble? PJM advice columnist Dr. Helen Smith offers her opinion. (Hmmm, why is she offering it?)

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Ask Dr. Helen: Love and Politics

Monday, July 16th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

What does Dr. Helen think of same-sex marriage? Does her Insta-husband agree? If the answer were "yes" and they disagreed strongly on that and other key political issues, does she think it would do damage to their relationship? Fasten your seatbelts: this week, PJM's advice columnist wades into some controversial waters.

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Ask Dr. Helen

Thursday, July 5th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

Coping with therapists who are unsympathetic to men, and creating intimacy in ways other than sex are among the issues on the minds of those who wrote in to Dr. Helen following her debut column. PJM's advice columnist extraordinaire responds to their questions and invites your feedback.

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Ask Dr. Helen

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

She's wearing her Pajamas and she's ready for your questions. Dr. Helen Smith, the forensic psychologist and blogger from Knoxville, Tennessee, co-star of PJM's Glenn and Helen Show, also known popularly as the Instawife, kicks off her new advice column with an important question on the topic of competence: "What should an adult be able to do?"

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