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The Stress Doc Letter
Cybernotes from the Online Psychohumorist ™

June 1999, No. 1

Fight when you can
Take flight when you must
Flow like a dream In the
Phoenix we trust!

Table of Contents

Announcements: AOL Chat Group and Q & A Links/Archives Q & A: Authorship vs. Ownership Over Technical Expertise Shrink Rap: Updates and Sexual Ambivalance in Adolescence Main Essay: "From Technophobia to Cybermania" Reader's Submission: "Speeding and Hearing"

News Flash: Alas, only for AOL members, stop by my online "Shrink Rap and Group Chat," Tuesdays, 9-10:45pm EST:Washington LIVE CHAT . It's a dynamic, lively, at times witty and always warm, thoughtful and supportive problem-solving group. We raise questions and share our ideas, hopes and experiences with each other.

Special Announcement: For all cyberspace travelers, there's the new Ask the Stress Doc Q & A -- Love and Relationships  ...Check it out; send in your Qs.

Also, Ask the Stress Doc Work Stress Q & A  Also, check the Doc's Work Stress Q & A archive.

Ask the Stress Doc Q & A/Digital City--Washington Work Stress

Authorship vs. Ownership over Technical Expertise

Q. I hate it when a project that I start or have the technical expertise is taken over by another. Especially when they twist it and contort it. "Look what they've done to my song, Ma."

A. This is a familiar cry in the bureaucratic jungles of Washington, DC. Too many chefs and chiefs. The battleground often is a written document that is then edited by someone on a higher rung of the organizational ladder. Of course, most noxious is when the originator of the document feels changes are not substantive or essential but primarily nitpicking. Ah yes, then there's the issue of style.

I can relate personally to this semantic struggle. when I first started writing articles for professional magazines I was oftgen disheartened upon receiving the publication: manuscript sent was not magazine article received. Invariably, significant text was excised, the piece was downsized. (Okay, I can be a bit verbose.) Original meaning or intention was clouded if not lost.

I learned to ask for the chance to review the editor's work before "our" piece went to press. The more professional editors would allow this extra step. (I'm sure some editors felt original authors could be a pain in the butt, not admitting how edits actually improved the document.) With mature participants such give and take can be synergistic: a whole or partnership is born greater than the sum of the parts.

Personally, beside glaring ommissions, what bugged me most were additions that replaced my voice with the editors, that is, imposed phrases that were alien invaders of my text. But, over time, I learned to let go if editors, whether for time or ego considerations, were determined to place their stamp on my work. Then again, maybe that's why I also started publishing my own newsletter. Just remember...Practice Safe Stress!

Shrink Rap: Finally, I'm street legal. An article I wrote for Professional Counselor magazine about my Internet journey - from "From Technophobia to Cybermania" - finally hit the newsstand this month. Jan Marie Werblin, Associate Editor (and deft writer), did a fine job of nipping and tucking my excess verbiage. Which means I can self-publish. Clearly, it's time for the unedited, unexpurgated version. (See below. Also see the Nabokovian, Lolita-like opening. Obviously, I've not been attending my Narcissists Anonymous meetings lately. ;-)

Also, predictable, in the last three or four-month gap between writing and offline publication, the cyberworld has turned upside down several times. AOL/Digital City-Washington, DC which had launched first the Ask the Stress Doc "Work Stress" Q & A, then the "Love & Relationships" variety, recently changed gears. While maintaining the Q & A as a bulletin board they no longer are promoting the feature. Digital City is consolidating their resources by focusing on entertainment-related content.

So we had a mid-course ego-correction. While initially a bit deflated, I'm still in the writer's saddle. I'll continue to field your Q & A; the answers will appear in the Q & A archives which can be accessed through the homepage of my website - www.stressdoc.com .

Okay, enough of this licking (or is it stroking) a wounded ego. Actually, I've received a number of troubling emails. Young women, likely high school age (I hope), some not the most sophisticated, describe a poignantly puzzling situation. The writers feel attracted to a guy - some strongly, most ambivalently - and they want my opinion on the age old question: should they sleep with this fellow? Specific details are lacking, their respective ages, how long they've known each other, etc. My first reaction is basic: "If you have to ask the question, you probably aren't ready." Invariably I encourage the writers to be patient, highlighting other key points: there's a difference between love and lust (and guys' hormones at this age, in particular, are totally bent out of shape) and the unexpected (if not unwanted) life and death potentialities - pregnancy sexutally transmitted disease, including AIDS. And a guy pushing you to have sex when you don't want to, even without physical force, may be engaging in emotional rape. So don't be a silent partner. I always encourage talking f2f to an adult -- parent (obviously challenging, relative, school social worker, spiritual advisor, also often challenging -- about these issues.

I also strongly believe that one's identity at this (and any age) shouldn't be totally wrapped up in a guy (or girl) or in an all-consuming relationship. Getting involved in skill building, college, learning a trade, a profession, an art, etc., is such a vital investment for developing integrity, confidence and fulfillment…and emotional and financial independence. These all provide the foundation, or at least give you a fair fighting chance, for a loving, more healthy than dysfunctional give and take relationship. (See, I'm not into perfection. Remember, the hallmarks of maturity are the capacity to work and love...and to know when to get into couple counseling!)

Patience, certainly at this age, is also encouraged in order to develop first a genuine friendship based on an ability to share genuine emotions, even some of the shameful ones. Also essential for a healthy and lasting partnership is an ability to face conflict and express anger constructively, that is directly and with some control, not in a passive, hostile or rageful manner. I also prize an ability to gently laugh at each other and to laugh together at our flaws and foibles. (Ibelieve there is a correlation btween shared humor and marital happiness.) And, finally, I ask if the two have interests and activities in common, and whether they get unduly anxious when apart (or if a day's gone by and they haven't spoken on the phone or sent sixteen emails).

I'm certainly aware of how powerful the sexual urge and sexual attraction can be, having gone through an addiction-like phase myself once. This hormonal heaven-hell cycle is especially marked if there is underlying loneliness, depression and aimlessness. Preoccupation about sex, being in love - that full blown state of "romantasy" - may be a great distraction from a life that is just going through the motions, no matter what speed you are traveling.

Now some will argue that casual sex is possible. For me, at least, the number of comfortable friendships that sustained casual sex has been few and very far between. Adding sex to a relationship is not like adding ice to a drink. For most teens and young adults (and even for not so young adults) sexual intercourse turns on the emotional burners; all kinds of issues invariably get stirred up, especially current self-doconflicts lingering from childhood. For example, fears of rejection and abandonment, the fantasy of never being lonely again, proving that you are worthy and loveable, etc., often surface with bubbling anxiety or unconscious fury when premature sex ignites an underground psychic-volcanic eruption.

Of course, my words will fall on many deaf ears. And there were times in my life when I wouldn't have been ready or willing to heed my own advice. I recall a 19 year old, the son of a woman who was my primary client, coming in for a few sessions. He'd been dating a woman for several months; they seemed pretty happy together. One session he came in and wondered, "What's the big deal about sex?" Being a Mormon, he was trying to save himself. Then one day, with a sheepish grin (and I take no blame here), he announced, "Oh, so that's why folks make such a big deal about sex." Hey, it still makes the world go round.

How about sending in the responses you'd share with these ambivalent adolescents and young adults. I'll post them in a future newsletter. Just remember…Practice Safe Stress!

P.S. Last newsletter I mentioned receiving a wonderful, award-winning relaxation tape. Well, I got the order info wrong. So here goes: contact Susie Mantell at 1-888-32-BOOKS or check out her website - www.relaxintuit.com

The Stress Doc traces a four year journey that has him traveling at time warp speed: from the not so distant days of computer viginity to an evolving, cutting edge presence in cyber space. Learn ten key entrepreneurial steps for making virtuality more real and rewarding.

From Technophobia to Cybermania A Cybersaga: On Becoming a Netrepreneur

Five years ago, if you had told me that I would be writing about becoming an Internet entrepreneur I'd have diagnosed you as bonkers. It's not just that I was clueless about cyberspace. A lot of folks were back then. The real mind boggle is that five years ago I was a total computer virgin in a symbiotic, codependent relationship with a 15 year old…my Smith-Corona electric typewriter!

So how does a hi-touch mental/allied health therapist, educator and/or training/consulting professional cross the offline-online threshold, going from phobic, hi-tech virgin to self-proclaimed "Virtual Dear Abby of AOL"? What's the evolutionary process for becoming an expanding Internet columnist and America Online's "Online Psychohumorist"™? How do you produce an award-winning website? Are you ready to become a chat group leader? And finally, when it comes to generating business, like the question posed in the old Memorex commercial, is cyberspace real or is it virtual? (What did happen to those Memorex commercials? Was Memorex an audio-tape dinosaur in a digital-mammal age?)

Let me illustrate ten evolutionary steps for the transformative journey -- "From Technophobia to Cybermania." Also included are strategic concepts for striking out on your own "Netrepreneurial Path." To good adventures!

1. Overcoming Computer Phobia. The start of a major belief and behavioral system shift often begins with a crisis. And five years ago, hanging out with an artists support group definitely proved to be a pain in my paradigm. Several visual artists, setting aside their fine arts upbringing, were exploring computer graphics. They would bring in work and regale the group with tales from the technological edge. Boy, did I feel trapped in the Jurassic Period!

Shame finally got the best of me, thank goodness. Despite years of math phobia and pathetically low scores on mechanical aptitude tests, I gradually started confronting "The Intimate FOE: Fear of Exposure." And I had a blazing insight: hire a personal computer coach. I knew a computer class would only draw out my startup agony. And opportunity beckoned. At the close of a stress workshop for professionals in career transition, an out of work computer consultant approached me. She would prove to be low-key, patient and nonjudgmental; a good coach for a neurotic, Type A student. In a matter of moments a reasonably priced one-on-one contract was negotiated. Together we purchased my computer, set it up and, in about a dozen hours of coaching, the training wheels were removed. The scarlet "CV" on my forehead and in my psyche (for "Computer Virgin") was forever exorcised.

2. Confronting the Possible: Is the Earth Round?/Is the Web Real? It's still quite a leap from overcoming electronic phobia and frigidity to lusting for cyberexposure. Once again, hanging out with marginal characters proved decisive. After my computer conversion experience, I joined a social/networking group for self-employed, entrepreneurial types called "Home Alone." This step definitely shook me out of my computer comfort zone, if not my complacent reality. The Internet and the World Wide Web were the buzz. (An image comes to mind of a young Christopher Columbus, hanging out in the local pub, first hearing an "on the edge" sailor boast that the world was round.) While intrigued and envious of the trailblazing "Webbies," I hardly knew where to start.

I needed a hi-tech Yang to my hi-touch Yin. With some trepidation (barely knowing how to speak cybergeek) I approached an Information Technology colleague. John, a fellow baby boomer, was a consultant to Howard University's School of Continuing Education. The school had previously sponsored my stress programs. "John," I ventured, "You have all this arcane computer knowledge, I have all this psychobabble…Let's put together a 'Stress Doc' website." In one way, timing was good. John was just starting up a website design business. But where was my head and heart…in reality?

Alas, a lifetime of technological inertia would not vanish in one fell keystroke. I emailed some material and John played with a skeletal structure. But, in truth, I wasn't a collaborator, a genuine entrepreneurial copilot. I wasn't on top of the web project, nor was I providing continuous informational and motivational thrust.

Fortunately, adversity would soon push me over the cyberedge.

3. Being Downsized and Breaking Out. Now the turbulent transitional arena was a division of the Food and Drug Administration. For two years I had worked as a conflict resolution and team building consultant, starting with one divisional section. I progressed to the branch level (with the supervisors) and, finally, had begun winning the trust of the division head and his top managers. Alas, progress was not swift enough. Major reorganization, if not counterrevolution, was in the air.

Amidst this barely contained chaos, a group of contractor's attached to the division had requested my group facilitation services. The tension and fairly inhibited group atmosphere was palpable. And the principal controlling figure was a high-level FDA manager/overseer. Unfortunately, during the course of my initial consult, one fact was clear: for a genuine exchange of ideas and beliefs, tactfully setting limits on Mr. Micro Manager was inevitable. Of course, this did not sit well with my ego-inflated and insecure antagonist. Though not returning to the sessions, he soon got his revenge. For when the reorganizational dust settled, Mr. MM was the new head of the division in which I had so painstakingly toiled. Guess who was now expendable? (Ironically, the three contractor facilitation sessions were universally described as, "the best meetings we've had.")

The "rightsizing" process occurred between Thanksgiving and Christmas '96. I was definitely bummed -- the loss of a major contract and supportive clients-colleagues, punctured pride, concerned about future finances…The season was appearing far from merry.

Eventually, I tired of licking my wounds. I seemed to be intuiting the poignant and hopeful wisdom of Nobel Prize-winning French author and philosopher, Albert Camus: Once we have accepted the fact of loss, we understand that the loved one [or loved position] obstructed a whole corner of the possible pure now as a sky washed by rain. I engaged in some needed self-confrontation. Time and energy had to be invested in new marketing. But pursuing the same old sources was igniting little enthusiasm. While feeling trapped, "the pass in the impasse" was facing me squarely; or, rather, I was staring at it daily. I needed to step into that Compaq Presario looking glass-monitor!

4. Inverting The Creative Box Paradox. Let me pose my problem-solving paradox thusly: In order to think outside the box I needed to get inside the box…to explore the AOL software built into my computer. Until now, I had mostly used America Online for dabbling in personal ads; to have reason for checking my sporadic email. Anxious to find new marketing venues, my recent reorganizational rupture pushed me into an AOL Writer's Forum and Bulletin Board. (Historically, I've used writing as one means of promoting my business.) While trolling and scrolling, a solicitation from an electronic humor newsletter stopped me in my mouse tracks. I submitted some humorous organizational consulting stories. And to my surprise, the submission did not get sucked into some cyberspatial black hole for proposals and manuscripts.

The editor of Humor From The Edge emailed the next day. Shawna, (SV Honey) was enthusiastic. She sent my 500-750 word stories to the publisher. In size, content and style my material was a radical departure from HFTE's standard fare. The publisher, Rick, always sensitive to his reader's preferences, had some ambivalence. He challenged me to limit the humor stories to about 100 words. Shawna, later revealed that Rick doubted my ability to meet his proposition. My writer's ego was bruised. I, of course, deserved more words and space. Putting pride on hold...somehow, I met the challenge.

At first, there was a firestorm, especially among his more youthful readers. To them I was a Trojan voice, if not a virtual virus, compromising the purity of their newsletter. Yet some positive responses also came down the cyberpike. And Rick stood fast behind me. Before long, he was even giving me a yellow, then a green light to expand the size of my essays. Length proved less important than that the writing be fast-paced and fun, accessible and insightful.

5. Feeding and Pushing the Online Envelope. Well give me a column inch and I'll take a whole screen. Actually, a page…I submitted Humor From The Edge writing samples to AOL's major mental health forum, "Online Psych." They immediately resonated with the psychologically-minded language, humor and stories. And my own AOL page, Keyword (Stress Doc) and new media moniker - "Online Psychohumorist"™ - came into being.

And then a new, consistent feedback loop: a small but steady stream of heartfelt questions from the four corners of cyberspace on stress and depression, on the challenge of finding or sharing love, and on family and work conflicts. The self-proclaimed "Virtual Dear Abby of AOL" was in the making.

The feedback loop was just the needed whack on the side of the head. I was beginning to generate a small but evolving national and global audience. Maybe there was a potential market for Stress Doc Enterprises services. And there was. An email arrived from a Texas Instruments Training Coordinator. Her friend had forwarded some of my Humor From The Edge writings on creatively disarming organizational stress and conflict. Ms. Training Lady was interested in my doing some programs. And within a week, a $3,000 contract plus travel expenses for two days worth of training was signed.

Now I approached my web maven with evidence and with a vengeance. We started meeting regularly - two and three times/month - to push the web design process. (I also began paying him a $100/month web design/maintenance fee, which included emergency tech support, thank goodness.) And it wasn't all geek-related. From informational content and marketing copy to graphics and screen layout my input was vital. It's not unlike working with an architect and general contractor when building a house. (There's a reason that your opening website screen is called a "Home Page.") While John and I occasionally battled, ultimately, there was true left-and right-hemispheric synergy and "creative peace of minds."

The site now consisted of a growing body of columns and articles, program blurbs, bio, testimonial letters and photos (including the home page, signature "Stress Doc" shot of me in the Smoky Mountains wearing a small backpack, my Berkshire Mountains tee-shirt and my cool New Orleans brim). Sixty-three revisions later, the site was looking good and it had substance. Still, it wasn't getting that much traffic. Key lesson: you can have the sexiest looking and/or most profound website, but if folks can't find you…it's all pose and prose.

6. Discovering the Role of Internet Marketing. The early web construction days clarified our team's strengths and limitations. John was fluent in HTML (the web building operational language) and site construction; website placement in the various search engines was another complex matter. John knew the basics for consideration by the major search directories like Yahoo, Lycos, etc. But there were strategies and labor-intensive tasks for expanding directory placement and enhancing positioning. When a World Wide Web engine did an informational search on "stress," for example, would our site likely be discovered among the web flotsam and jetsam? (Of course, positioning isn't the only factor. Upon asking a New Haven Register reporter, "Why call me?," he declared, "Yours was the only website I found that didn't look like it was designed by a wacko.")

This marketing game plan required a new collaboration. While hanging out in a coffeehouse, fortuitously, I overheard an author and cybermarketer talking about the Internet. (Luck does come to the prepared mind.) We quickly struck up an animated conversation; I had my next Internet consultant. Mary handled both search engine placement and some public relations. The fee: $1,000 for a two months project. The key results: improved search engine positioning and a website press release that hooked a big fish.

My site was featured as a USA Today Online "Hot Site" Website, one of five sites from the entire web selected daily. (The first two selections that memorable day were Barnes & Nobles Online and a historic New York City jazz club, The Village Vanguard. The Stress Doc site was in some heady company.) And the "field of cyberdreams" was becoming increasingly real. Loosely analogous to the ethereal ballpark in the movie, we discovered veritas virtuality: "If you build it (and market it) they will come." And they did. 2500 folks in two days visited my website, including a book editor for a prestigious, mid-sized publishing house. (This junior editor thought my essays might have book potential. While this author-editor dance did not yield a book contract, I was gaining confidence that my words and website might one-day help garner a book deal.)

7. Pondering Reality/Virtuality: The Chicken or Egg Dilemma. The USA Today Online "Hot Site" experience illuminated the fine line, actually, more the permeable membrane between the offline and online worlds. The loop was completed when the newspaper version of USA Today included a brief summary of my site in an article highlighting the "Hot Sites" of the week. (Which triggered another large flurry of hits.)

However, the exposure loop doesn't always begin in cyberspace. Sometimes real life impacts a virtual one. Keynote speaking at a national convention for the National Association of State Farm Agents in June '97 led to meeting a free lance writer in the insurance industry. He suggested pitching my essays to the editor of Financial Services Journal Online, a slick webzine, with a monthly readership of 30,000 (now 40,000). I forwarded some pieces and, presto, a monthly column was born. Once again, in a frontier or startup world, as opposed to an established one, there are more options for carving out a new stake or niche.

8. Generating Cyber Spinoffs. A truly amazing thing about the Internet is how quickly new projects and possibilities emerge from the ether. For example, Online Psych essays triggered a round of guest appearances on AOL chat groups. After a guest expert stint on an AOL/Digital City-San Francisco chat, I realized, "Hey, I can do this." (Digital City, a subsidiary of America Online, is an AOL resource-entertainment guide in the fifty largest US markets.) And around Thanksgiving '97, "Shrink Rap and Group Chat" started streaking across the Digital City-Washington cyberspace twice a month. Then we moved to a weekly format in the Spring '98, to get Digital City - National promotion.

Believe me, running a chat group is something else. Fortunately, Digital City provides a chat host, the esteemed Dig C Blues. It's a real team effort. We've opted for a pretty loose format -- like a support group that allows crosstalk. Individuals raise questions and the group and I dialogue with the person who is up. We have between 10 and 30 people in the room at any one time; there's a core group. It's intense; comments and concerns (and witticisms) flying across the screen. And what's most real is the sharing and caring. My mind and fingers know we've been through an exhilarating and exhausting ninety-minute workout.

And now that AOL has bought out Netscape (the original World Wide Web browser) Digital City plans to push its programming beyond AOL; to go onto the web through Netcenter. And I'll be heading up a Work Stress Q & A column. "Future Shock" here we go…again!

9. Having the Mass Media Mountain Come to Mohammed. Fall '98 provided further evidence of the far-reaching potential of a varied Internet presence. Within a span of two weeks, I was approached via phone or email by: a) ABC-TV News looking for an angry couple to be interviewed by Barbara Walters on a news special. Why they had to call an expert in Washington, DC still puzzles. You mean they couldn't find one angry couple in New York City?); b) US News & World Report for background info on a story about workplace stress and conflict in the Postal Service. The reporter had read one of my online articles mentioning my stint as a stress and violence prevention consultant for the USPS; c) Adult Ed Today to write an article for this new four color, national offline magazine. The magazine targets university and corporate administrators looking for high quality conference speakers. (Twist my writing arm/keyboard fingers ;-) and 4) an LA Times reporter wanting to interview an individual who had been "Multiply Downsized." The reporter parenthetically asked, "Did you know that according to 'Hot Spot' (a rating service which tracks website traffic) on the topic of 'layoffs,' yours was the fourth most visited site on the entire World Wide Web?" Blew me away! And media interviewing is becoming a regular occurrence. "Holiday Stress" was the latest catalyst.

Once again, my existential mottos ring true: "I don't know where I'm going…I just think I know how to get there!" and "I no longer count on nor discount any possibility."

10. Evaluating the Bottom Line. Enough of this virtual-existential psychobabble. In addition to ego-aggrandizement and exposure (and funny lines: if I get any more exposure I'll be arrested for indecency) what have been the tangible results of a hard-earned cyberpresence:

1) Training. Last summer yielded four website-or Internet-generated speaking/training programs, one with a state addictions conference across the country in Phoenix, AZ. The average fee: $750 per two-hour programs. This Spring-Summer two programs are averaging $2500 fees. Inflation can be good. "Practicing Safe Stress" programming has growth-potential!

2) Therapy/Consultation. I have not actively solicited therapy clients, though I've consulted with several people both in person and on the phone who are already in therapy. (My normal hourly consultation fee is in effect.) A second opinion helped purposefully redirect them back to their therapists. Actually, there is a marketable concept waiting to be developed: online support/clinical consulting services as part of an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

3) Coaching. As a good netrepreneur role model, let me highlight a service attracting allied health professionals -- my "Online Coaching Program." This involves one-on-one, phone and email "how to" skills and strategies for developing and marketing various educational-training-consulting services, online and offline. (Email stressdoc@aol.com for more coaching info.)

4) Writing. An informal online syndication is evolving from slick webzines to homegrown newsletters (both offline and online, actually). I'm convinced there is a market for engaging, meaningful and fun content on the Internet. My free newsletter has 2000 subscribers and is growing daily. And this "fast food for thought" will attract customers and clients hungry for more.

In conclusion, for the entrepreneur, educator, training consultant and/or allied health professional, cyberspace is a new system of connection and collaboration. The World Wide Web is aptly named, though the web is less a structure of entrapment (alas, there are cyberaddicts) and more an electronic network challenging us to: a) upgrade our technological knowledge and savvy and, especially, b) to create, online-and off-line, dynamic linkages and synergistic partnerships among hi-touch and hi-tech individuals and groups. Are you ready to help build a cutting edge system that can inform, support, inspire and market to both an expansive and intimate community of consumers, clients and colleagues? Are you ready to be a cyberpioneer? It's real, it's virtual, it's out there. Go for it. Go web young cyber-ite!

The Stress Doc Ezine The Higher Power of Humor Section...

The second section will consist primarily of material -- humor and otherwise -- that filters down from cyberspace. And just so you don't think we're too solemn about sex...

Speeding And Hearing >From Bogie 361

An elderly couple was driving cross-country, the woman was driving. She gets pulled over by the highway patrol. The officer said, "ma'am did you know you were speeding?" The woman turns to her husband and asks "What did he say?" The old man yells, "HE SAYS YOU WERE SPEEDING." The patrolman says, "May I see your license?" The woman turns to her husband and asks, "What did he say?" The old man yells, "HE WANTS TO SEE YOUR LICENSE." The woman gives him her license. The patrolman says, "I see you are from Alabama. I spent some time there once, had the worst sex with a woman I have ever had." The woman turns to her husband and asks "What did he say?" The old man yells, "HE THINKS HE KNOWS YOU."

And, of course...Practice Safe Stress!

Mark Gorkin, LICSW, the Stress Doc, a psychotherapist and nationally recognized speaker, trainer, consultant and author, is also known as AOL's and the internet's "Online Psychohumorist" ™. Check out his USA Today Online "Hot Site" website - www.stressdoc.com  and his page on AOL/Online Psych, Keyword: Stress Doc

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  1. Netscape Netcenter  
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  3. Digital City
  4. MCI
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All five portal links can be shared with and are operational for both users of AOL and the Internet.

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