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Rethinking Over-Thinking: Are You Getting in Your Own Way?

October 9, 2014

I worked with a person in therapy who was given a constant, consistent message throughout his life: “You’re over-thinking things.” He heard it as an accusation, and it held a lot of shame. It was something his mother would state, and he wanted to blame her solely for that shame, but this became harder when he noticed many of his friends saying the same thing. It began to get in the way of getting work done (perfectionism)... Read More

 
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The Real Issue Behind Cutting and Other Self-Harm Behaviors

October 9, 2014

“Cutting helps me to release anxiety. I feel better after I do it.” “Cutting provides me with control over my emotions and allows me to express my emotional pain.” These are the words of teens who have engaged in self-injurious cutting behaviors. Generally speaking, cutting serves as an emotional release for teens who struggle to engage in effective coping behaviors. Without the “release” cutting provides,... Read More

 
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The Psychology of Trust Issues and Ways to Overcome Them

October 8, 2014

Trust—the act of placing confidence in someone or something other than yourself—is social superglue. It is the binding for the deepest love, the strongest friendships, and the world’s communities. Modern society is built on trust, and in the absence of trust, fear rules. With this in mind, it is easy to understand how people with trust issues might have difficulty engaging in certain social contexts and leading... Read More

 
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Can Marijuana Use Reduce Mortality from Traumatic Brain Injuries?

October 8, 2014

Every year, more than 2 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control. These injuries, which result from a blow to the head, can lead to serious health problems, changes in personality, temporary or permanent disability, and even death. According to a study authored by a group of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute researchers, though, TBI patients who use... Read More

 
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5 Ways to Boost Your Support Network in Your Cancer Journey

October 8, 2014

“Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment—you just have to be willing to take it.” —Emily Hollenberg, cancer survivor The experience of having cancer can be such an isolating one. For many people who are newly diagnosed or going through cancer treatment, finding adequate social support becomes more necessary than ever before. These... Read More

 
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How Can I Get My Child to Stop Whining and Cooperate?

October 8, 2014

“What can I do to get my child to stop whining?” “How can I motivate my child to follow through without arguing?” These are the types of questions I often hear from parents. As soon as a child starts whining, the parent becomes tense and wants to immediately silence what sounds like nails on a chalkboard. I get it. In addition, there is the added aggravation that while the whining is taking place, the child... Read More

 
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Interesting Life Experiences May Lead to Social Difficulties

October 7, 2014

A few minutes perusing Facebook or Pinterest might leave you longing to go skydiving or whitewater rafting. Our culture is increasingly driven by a competition for authenticity and unique experiences, and research suggests that people believe unique experiences will improve their lives. These interesting life experiences, though, may actually lead to social alienation. A new study has found that people who experience... Read More

 
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Want Better Sex? Put the Senses in Sensuality

October 7, 2014

Sex sells. Sex sells vacations, music, perfume, clothing, even salad dressing with both covert and overt sexual messages. Sex also sells products that will supposedly help us become sexier, such as exercise equipment. Even the medical community tries to offer us ways to be sexier and maybe have more sex. But what about better sex? The word “better” is relative, of course. What is good or great sex to me isn’t necessarily... Read More

 
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Unreality Check: Cognitive Dissonance in Narcissistic Abuse

October 7, 2014

People who are healing from toxic love relationships do well to educate themselves on the nature of the emotional abuse sustained so that they can move through their pain to a place of healing. In my individual work with people who have uncovered that they were involved in a romantic relationship with a person with narcissistic qualities, one of the first things we do in psychotherapy is to work together to understand... Read More

 
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Is So-Called Post-Abortion Trauma Syndrome a Myth?

October 6, 2014

One of the points that groups opposing abortion have long argued is that abortion has a negative effect on women’s lives, undermining relationships and mental health. It makes intuitive sense that ending an unwanted pregnancy could be traumatic, particularly for women who may have had mixed feelings about the pregnancy or who wished to carry the pregnancy to term. According to newly released study results, though,... Read More

 
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How to Reverse-Engineer Your Anger

October 6, 2014

We often find ourselves perplexed by our anger. It comes out of nowhere, messes with our otherwise wonderful disposition, and leaves (eventually) with us no more aware of what started the whole ruckus in the first place. Left to our own devices, we tend to zero in on hunting down the cause of the anger. Something I ate? Something she said? Something she ate? The list could be endless and normally feels as such. Getting... Read More

 
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Learning from Our Kids: 5 Ways to Make Parenting More Fun

October 6, 2014

You’re always thinking about how to be a good parent. You read articles, talk to other parents, and learn about the latest techniques. You cook healthy meals, help with homework, drive carpools, plan soccer practices, and schedule play dates. You’re proud of your parenting—but often, you’re exhausted by it. These days, there’s a lot of pressure on parents to be both extremely involved and the perfect amount... Read More

 
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Uncovering Abuses Past and Present, Finding Strength

October 5, 2014

I am on an amazing journey. I have reached a critical juncture in my life, and I am writing this so that you can learn from my story as I have learned from your stories. I have recently discovered the unique power of shared experiences to uplift and guide. The people around us are in our lives for a reason, there are no accidents. We don’t have to look very far to find people who have lived through the same pain, hurt,... Read More

 
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For People with Alzheimer’s, Emotions Linger After Memories Fade

October 4, 2014

Caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelmed by the ravages of the disease, and it’s easy to wonder if any of the support they offer provides any comfort at all to a person who can’t remember it. A new study has found that even among those people with Alzheimer’s who have experienced extensive memory loss, the emotions associated with memories linger long after the memory itself is... Read More

 
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