Dr. Michael Tobin

Author and Psychologist

March 23, 2021

It’s Never Too Late

I’m pushing 72; I’ve spent over 40 years as a clinical psychologist, traveling the rocky, existential highways of dilemma, doubt, and despair, interspersed with profound moments of transformation, depth, and forgiveness. I was built for this, or more precisely, I was prepared for this – at 12, I was hypnotically directing my parents toward a blissful marriage, and, at 16, I was an up-and-coming teenage

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The Ageless Style of Being Yourself

Dorrie Jacobson is my kind of Premium, an 83-year-old, sexy grandma, model, and Instagram style guru with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Dressed in tight orange pants with matching blouse, stilettos, and nails, and carrying a fiery yellow bag, our Octogenarian style Queen just doesn’t give a s**t. “This business of being age appropriate is ridiculous. Get out there and break the rules.” Yeah, Dorrie! Dorrie, you’re my girl, my

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Creating a Positive Senior Mindset Part 2

Creating a Premium Mindset Part II Around 5:30 this morning, I was awakened by volcanic disturbances erupting from the region of my lower intestines. “Of course, this must be cancer,” I thought, quickly ruling out the more logical possibility that those annoying rumblings might have more to do with a half pound of sharp cheddar colliding with a somewhat lactose-intolerant, digestive system. But then again, how could it

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Creating a Positive Senior Mindset Part 1

Who hasn’t heard the expression, “Age is a state of mind?” Part I Come on, is it really? Can I just pick any number younger than I am and say to myself, “I’m not 72, I’m 52,” and bingo, I start producing all sorts of happy and youthful hormones like endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. Wow, wouldn’t that be great? I’d be able to run a mile

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The Art of Senior Happiness

Premium: An active, curious, exceptionally young-at-heart person over 60 who is into style, ideas, and cultivates innovation and Personal evolution at all levels. Forgive me, but I have to start with some assumptions about you. I do this  despite a stern warning I received as a young army recruit in the summer of 1966 that “assumptions are the mother of all f**k ups.” So, bear with me and let’s

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Senior Fitness

Premium Fitness:“It’s All in the Mind, my Friend. It’s All in the Mind” At 14,000 feet (4250 meters), we’re six climbers from five different countries, clustered around a stove, barely burning yak dung. We’re talking trash, telling tall tales, and whining about the shortage of yak shit – proving that these three words, “misery loves company” contain more practical sense than the sum total of all the inexplicable,

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Experience is Everything

Experience is Everything… Or It’s Nothing I knew a man who accumulated experiences like some people hoard newspapers. At 20, he rode the rails. In his 50’s and early 60’s he lived on a small yacht, struggling to live the life of a free-spirited bohemian. Like a character out of a Hemingway novel, or perhaps like Hemingway himself, he was obsessively searching for a redemptive experience, one

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Parenting Adult Children Part Two

The Art of Premium Parenting, Part 2: Should You Keep Your Mouth Shut and Your Wallet Open? In Part I of Premium Parenting, I promised you I’d suggest possible answers to the thorny issues facing Premium Parents. I’m here to deliver on my promise. However, first, a little patience because I want to begin with a real story that happened to a friend of mine. It’s a great

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Parenting Adult Children Part One

The Art of Premium Parenting, Part 1:  Should You Keep Your Mouth Shut and Your Wallet Open? To set the stage for our upcoming blogs on premium parenting and grandparenting, let me share with you my parenting/grandparenting credentials: 1.  Deborah and I are the proud parents of 4 married children, 3 daughters and a son, ranging in age from 30 to 36. 2.  Each of our

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A Letter To My Adult Children

Here’s How You Can Take Care of Me: A Letter to My Adult Children August 12, 2018 (6 days before my 72nd birthday) Dear Elycia, Shayna, Aaron, and Ilana, This is not a letter I particularly want to write, but it’s one that needs to be written.  I’ll leave it up to Mom to write one if she’s so inclined. You guys know all too well

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Articles by Dr. Michael Tobin
Dr. Michael Tobin has been a psychologist for forty-seven years specializing in couple and family therapy. He co-founded a theater company that performed vignettes on family and marital issues, which he co-wrote. These plays were performed over 100 times. He is the co-founder of www.wholefamily.com, an award winning website that focuses on how to solve typical marital and family challenges.