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About Robert Levithan

Robert Levithan is a psychotherapist and writer. Born on the Island of Manhattan 60 years ago, he has had a varied career in the arts and entertainment fields. His book version of "The New 60" will be coming out in April. He currently writes for The Huffington Post as well as The Good Men Project. Previously, he has written columns for OPRAH AT HOME as The Design Shrink, and for As an expert on living with illness he has appeared on Charlie Rose and Fresh Air and is cited in numerous books and articles. After stints in Santa Fe and Caracas he lives in New York City with his yellow Labrador muse, Sophie, a former seeing-eye dog.


  1. Thanks Robert. I got the same feeling from “Pina” that I got from “Man ona Wire,” the film about Philippe Petit, whom I once met what seems like a lifetime ago. I walked away from both inspired and believing that each of us likely has our own “dance that we dare not do in the real world” and our own emotional “high wire” that challenges us to express the deepest passions of our souls and to risk falling on our asses, which is always a possibility when we are truly out there giving, sharing & expressing our all. It is, for me, the most alive place to be. I believe in magic, so I also believe that we can make our own magic. Bauch and Petit have shown us their way &. I find that they inspire me to keep risking and challenging myself to make my own magic.

  2. Bravo! Well said. We must all live our lives to the fullest. I intend to enjoy the days as much as the opportunities. Thanks for the reminder

  3. Very well said. It’s a good reminder.
    Living is not for the sake of others’ approval, it’s for enjoying it the utmost.
    If you lose others, you’ll find someone else. If you lose yourself, you lose everything.

    Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change the world which yields most painfully to change.
    (Robert F. Kennedy)

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