I Made Over My Boyfriend—and Lived

What do you do at the beginning of an affair, when the newly discovered love of your life, who is in every way an attractive, nay, admirable person, asks with an eager, puppy-dog expression: “How do you like this shirt? Doesn’t it look great?” Download a copy of this article at:    I Made Over […]

Why Your Shrink Hates You, A True Story

Admit it. Haven’t you been wondering after all these years in therapy why you’re not getting any better…why you still can’t a decent job, apartment, mate, or sell your screenplay? Download a copy of this article at: http://ericamanfred.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Why-Your-Shrink-Hates-You.pdf

Confessions of an Amateur Shrink

Even though it seems to be one of those harmless social pastimes, like bemoaning the state of the subway system, giving advice can become a dangerous addiction. Download a copy of this article at: Confessions-of-an-Amateur-Shrink 

Fat Fashion Frustration on Fifth Avenue

Imagine, all you size 10s out there, that only one department store in Manhattan carries your size and all those chic little boutiques that dot the city don’t cater to you at all. Download a copy of this article at: Fat-Fashion-Frustration

Coworkers from Hell and How to Cope

In every workplace there are congenial, supportive colleagues..and then there are the other kind—the ones you fantasize about while pummeling the punching bag at the gym. Download a copy of this article at: coworkers-from-hell

In Defense of Desperation

Anyone who’s ever been single and longs to be coupled has been warned that desperation is the kiss of romantic death. Every woman who’s ever pined away night after night wishing there was a man in her life knows what the problem is with this type of advice: How can you not look desperate when […]

The Myth of Chemistry

Desperate for love, my friend Lisa finally put an ad in the personals. She spoke for hours on the phone to Frank and was rapturous about meeting him. I called her the morning after their date with a breathless “How was it?” Lisa drawled, “No chemistry.” Download a copy of this article at:  Myth-of-Chemistry

Annals of Matchmaking

I don’t know if it is hereditary, but some of us seem to have a mutant gene that drives us to fix friends up, even against their will. Download a copy of this article at: Annals-of-Matchmaking-Cosmo

No, I Won’t Leave Him at Home

Since my divorce, Shadow’s been my security blanket. If you care about me and want to be my friend you’ll understand that.

I Was a Red-Diaper Baby

I never thought I would feel nostalgic about Communism. As a 60’s activist and child of lefty parents, I once took as gospel beliefs that now seem quaint: human beings are basically good; if people, not capitalists, owned the means of production, poverty would disappear; economic equality could cure all social ills. Download a copy […]

At Home in the Country

No one could believe we were actually doing it. Two lifelong city dwellers, neither of whom had ever survived without regular psychotherapy, who didn’t know the difference between leaders and gutters, or what a septic tank or forced air heat was or how to fix absolutely anything were leaving New York city to buy a […]

My Mom, the Athiest (Death of an Athiest)

My mother always hated religion. “Hocus-pocus,” she called it. Even the mention of God made her sneer. A first generation American Jew, she grew up in an era strife with anti-semitism… Download a copy of this article at:  My-Mom-The-Athiest