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Infatuation in My Forties: Was It a Midlife Crisis?

November 16, 2014

Just over three years ago I considered myself happily married and content to grow older gracefully. I was 43, working hard as a senior school teacher and raising two teenage girls. My husband, who is almost 10 years older than me, had been in poor health after an operation and had been off work for several months. Much of my life was about obligation—it was tedious and I was in a rut. At the start of the academic year... Read More

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A Mother’s Education May Predict Her Child’s Academic Success

November 15, 2014

College enrollment is steadily increasing, with 71% of women and 61% of men enrolling in college after graduating high school. But for teenage mothers college enrollment might feel out of reach. According to a study by Sandra Tang, a University of Michigan psychology research fellow, though, the children of teen mothers are more likely to thrive when their mothers continue their education. Indeed, mothers’ educational... Read More


Social Anxiety Affects Perceptions of Friendships, and Other News

November 14, 2014

As much as 13% of the adult population struggles with social anxiety. Social anxiety can make it difficult to make friends, leading to feelings of isolation that can make the anxiety even worse. According to new research, though, people with social anxiety disorder may underestimate their friendships. Researchers evaluated 112 participants who either had or did not have social anxiety. Each participant brought a friend... Read More


I Can’t Seem to Focus Anymore. Is Something Wrong with Me?

November 14, 2014

That sounds very frustrating. It also sounds like it might be causing you some anxiety, which might be perpetuating the attentional issues you are experiencing. Does this ring true? If so, next time you feel this happening you might want to try taking a few deep breaths, direct your focus to your breathing and then gently remind yourself to focus on the task at hand. I find myself wondering if your mind is often going... Read More


The Art of Connection: Loving Presence in Hakomi Therapy

November 14, 2014

Love happens between humans, and Hakomi is a very human practice. Our actual experience is an internal one—an absorbing of physical sensory data and an internal reality created through that experience. Hakomi moves toward the inside, knowing that to arrive at those sacred, protected internal places requires alignment at a subconscious level—an alliance and a softening of rigid defenses. In simple terms, many in body... Read More

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Scientists Replicate the Feeling of a Ghostly Presence

November 13, 2014

Nearly half of Americans believe in ghosts, and 18% report seeing ghostly apparitions themselves. A variety of psychological, cultural, and sociological phenomena can lead people to think they’ve seen ghosts. And, of course, some ghost sightings remain totally unexplained. Many people who claim experience with ghosts report feeling a peculiar presence, and Swiss researchers have now duplicated this phenomenon in... Read More

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Why We Worry: A Double-Edged Sword

November 13, 2014

The other day, I had an initial session with a person referred to my clinic for the treatment of her chronic worry. She spent the first 15 minutes reporting that she worries all day, every day, and her worrisome thoughts are spiraling out of control. She also stated that she sleeps around two hours each night and has frequent stomach upset, headaches, fatigue, and is experiencing difficulties with her relationships at... Read More

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Don’t Let Your Ego Ruin Your Job Search—or Your Job

November 13, 2014

Career and job choice represent a public extension of the self into the world. Naturally, status is an important part of work for most of us. It’s also normal to want a job that is interesting, uses your talents, pays well, and has good prospects. I have wanted the same things. Wanting something, though, is not the same as feeling entitled to it. Wherever you are in your career arc, but especially when you’re starting... Read More

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Why Do Women Buy Magazines That Make Them Feel Bad?

November 12, 2014

Fashion magazines may seem like little more than a diversion from the stress of everyday life, but research has repeatedly demonstrated that reading these periodicals makes women feel terrible. One study found that just three minutes spent paging through a fashion magazine left 70% of women feeling guilty, ashamed, and depressed. Another found that, regardless of the women’s size or physical appearance, women were... Read More

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‘I Feel Empty': How to Overcome Feelings of Emptiness

November 12, 2014

Feeling empty from time to time may be a normal part of the human condition. But if you experience persistent feelings of emptiness, there may be something you can do about it. What does emptiness feel like? You don’t have a sense of purpose. You perceive a lack of meaning in your life. You’re not happy, but you’re not particularly sad, either. If someone were to ask you how you feel, you might say, “I don’t... Read More

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Are You Effectively Using Your Anger? Or Is It Using You?

November 12, 2014

When angry, often what people want to do most is smash, change, or otherwise influence the thing that “caused” their anger. This can lead to impulsive behaviors or a sense of powerlessness upon recognizing their inability to effect change. Anger can be used efficaciously when harnessed and appropriately directed. Read on to learn how. We must first recognize when we are too angry to act. This requires us to calm down... Read More


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November 11, 2014

Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to GoodTherapy.org with this graphic.</strong></p><p><a href=’http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/mental-health-stigma-contributes-to-high-veteran-suicide-rate/military-and-veteran-mental-health-infographic ‘><img src=’http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Military-and-Veterans-Mental-Health-Infographic-GoodTherapy.jpeg’... Read More

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Video: ‘Kitten Therapy’ Is Heartwarming, Cute, and Effective

November 11, 2014

If you’ve ever tried to escape the misery of a stressful day by looking at photos of adorable animals, you’re not just procrastinating. In fact, animals offer myriad mental health benefits, so those hilarious photos of ironic cats and clueless dogs you love searching for just might be part of the recipe for a happier life. To demonstrate the stress-relieving effects of interacting with an animal, SoulPancake developed the... Read More

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Study Finds Moms Talk More to Babies, Especially Baby Girls

November 11, 2014

Ask any parent which sex is more verbal, and you’ll likely get a confident assertion that girls are just better with language. Pop psychology tells us that this is a fundamental difference between men and women, but new research sheds light on how this phenomenon could actually be a product of parenting and environment. According to a study just published in Pediatrics, mothers may spend more time talking to girls... Read More

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