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20 Cognitive Distortions and How They Affect Your Life

April 7, 2015

Our circumstances don’t define us. Regardless of what happens in life, we always have the power to choose our attitude. So what’s the difference between someone who remains hopeful despite experiencing great suffering and the person who stubs his or her toe and remains angry the rest of the day? The answer lies in the person’s thinking patterns. Psychologists use the term “cognitive distortions” to describe... Read More

 
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Google Might Make You Feel Smarter Than You Really Are

April 6, 2015

Internet search engines give us access to more information than we could ever understand, let alone process. If you’ve ever started out Googling a topic, only to end the search two hours later after uncovering a bunch of useless trivia, you’re not alone. And according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Internet searches may make you feel smarter than you actually are. Can an Internet... Read More

 
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Is Certainty Bias Limiting Your Clout? Don’t Be So Sure

April 6, 2015

Have you ever been so sure about something that it seems impossible to see things another way? Perhaps you’ve chosen a preschool for your kid, decided to buy a certain kind of car, or are attached to a particular viewpoint in politics, sports, or just at home with your partner. Our opinions and preferences shape who we are. For those in leadership roles, they can influence the direction of a company or even a country. That’s... Read More

 
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You Married an Emotionally Abusive Person. Now What?

April 6, 2015

Matt and Michele, as we’ll call them, had a pretty good engagement period. Matt spoiled Michele with flowers and sweet, little notes. They went to movies, took long walks, had heart-to-heart talks. Why, then, did she have some kind of unpleasant, gnawing feeling inside? Well, there was the one time that their phone conversation didn’t go very well. Matt had been out of town on business and a friend invited Michele... Read More

 
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Does Depression Play a Role in Violent Behavior?

April 3, 2015

Although recent developments in the investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 reveal that copilot Andreas Lubitz had recently researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors, making it appear as though he deliberately crashed the plane in a suicide attempt, many unanswered questions remain regarding his motivations for bringing down a plane full of passengers. The media have latched onto Lubitz’s... Read More

 
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‘Religious Liberty’ Bills Ignite Protests, and Other News

April 3, 2015

A growing number of businesses have promised to boycott Indiana in response to a new “religious freedom” bill. The bill allows business owners to deny service to customers if their religious beliefs dictate that they must, but both supporters and critics of the bill have said that its real purpose is to help business owners avoid serving the LGBT population. In protest, several entertainers have canceled their tour... Read More

 

Help! My Insensitive Family Won’t Shut Up about My Weight

April 3, 2015

Of course you’re not laughing! This all sounds incredibly painful. Ideally, family provide a place of warmth, comfort, and support. It sounds like you feel like you are getting shame and ridicule from your family. People very often internalize the voices of family members, particularly parents, and these voices become a significant part of how we view ourselves. The torment your family put you through about your... Read More

 
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When Parents Project Their Appearance Issues onto Children

April 3, 2015

I recently overheard a young woman bemoaning that her 2-year-old was “too chubby” so she was going to put her on a diet. This started me thinking about people who are unaware of the negative consequences that result from anxieties about how their children appear to the world, especially their weight, body type, and demeanor. “Teri” began therapy expressing anxiety and depression, mostly about her appearance:... Read More

 
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The Career Plateau: Not Entry-Level, but Not Experienced

April 2, 2015

You find yourself wrapping up another week, with another small paycheck and no sign of a promotion in sight. According to your Facebook feed, seemingly everyone else you know has moved up at least twice since graduation, while you are stuck on a treadmill of copy-making and updating Excel spreadsheets. Your boss keeps assuring you that you are appreciated and that as soon as an appropriate internal opportunity presents... Read More

 
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GoodTherapy.org Review of ‘Feeling Wisdom’, by Rob Preece

April 2, 2015

Dealing with emotions in a healthy manner can be challenging for many people. We often tend either to be out of touch with our emotions—which can lead to feelings of isolation and over-intellectualization, or to struggle with feeling overwhelmed by our emotions—which can lead us to believe that we are overly sensitive and misunderstood. In his book Feeling Wisdom: Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings... Read More

 
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Why Do Kids with Autism Have More Gastrointestinal Problems?

April 1, 2015

Parents of children with autism have long reported a cornucopia of symptoms that don’t show up in the official autism literature. For many of these kids, chronic gastrointestinal problems compound the challenges of an already challenging diagnosis. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry supports the contention that gastrointestinal problems are more common among children with autism. For some autism advocates,... Read More

 
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Power, Love, and Mindfulness: Three Interpersonal Dimensions

April 1, 2015

Therapists today adopt and adapt therapeutic practices and philosophies that have been practiced, developed, and studied over many decades, and new modalities emerge every day. Many therapists draw elements from several modalities, tailoring their approach to helping people, and developing their own techniques over time. Our upcoming GoodTherapy.org presenter Sam Alibrando, PhD integrates aspects of psychodynamic... Read More

 
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Practical Strategies for Coping with ADHD in the Workplace

April 1, 2015

As children, individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity, better known as ADHD, rarely have much control over their environments at school. As an adult, one would hope that you have more control over your situation, such as choosing a career path or job that works well with your ADHD symptoms. Nonetheless, for many who carry ADHD from childhood into adulthood, coping with symptoms in an office environment is very... Read More

 
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Making Sense of Sensitivity: How to Help Your Anxious Child

March 31, 2015

These days, most of us live with some degree of stress. For kids, between their homework, friends, after-school activities, sports, and worries about getting into college, it’s a whole new era of anxiety. It’s no wonder, then, that the National Institute of Mental Health states that the prevalence of diagnosed anxiety disorders among 13- to 18-year-olds is 25.1%. If you’re a parent living with an anxious child,... Read More

 
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