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Practice Generosity for a Loving and Compassionate Heart

October 15, 2014

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” —Rabindranath Tagore One of the ways we come into balance and connection with each other and life is by giving from the heart. When we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity, or compassion, it helps us live from the heart instead of the ego. Living from the ego is painful... Read More

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The Factors That Predict a Stable Marriage May Surprise You

October 14, 2014

We’ve all heard the dismal statistic that approximately half of all marriages end in divorce, but divorce isn’t a sudden and unpredictable event. Scientists have long attempted to uncover what makes for a stable marriage, but a new study by Emory University researchers endeavors to uncover what factors make divorce more and less likely. Do Weddings Matter? Researchers polled more than 3,000 people who got... Read More

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3 Steps to Unburdening Yourself from Perfectionist Thoughts

October 14, 2014

Perfectionism is one of those things that carry both positive and negative qualities, making it a tricky and complicated issue to understand. If you are detail-oriented or want the best for yourself, are you perfectionist or just ambitious? I think the answer lies in (1) the way you feel about yourself and (2) whether the idea of perfection is an obsessive thought that won’t let go or, rather, a repetitive behavior... Read More

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How Meditation Can Help You Navigate Grief

October 14, 2014

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a horribly lonely experience. It is natural to assume that others don’t really understand or “get” our loss. Although we hope to find people who can truly understand and identify with our stories, be it via support groups or self-help books, we rarely find the mirrors we seek. It seems we are more prone to focus on the differences than the commonalities we share, as though... Read More

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4 Benefits of Sharing Your Smile or a Laugh

October 13, 2014

Have you ever busted out in good, hearty laughter for a couple of minutes and then felt a rush of blissful joy? You know the kind of laugh we’re talking about; the one where you have a tough time catching your breath, your stomach and cheeks hurt, and your eyes water like crazy. It is this kind of laugh that often leaves us feeling wonderful, and perhaps even a little exhausted afterward. But did you know that laughing... Read More

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Child Psychological Abuse Just as Damaging as Other Forms

October 13, 2014

In discussions of child abuse, it’s easy to forget about psychological abuse, and some parents even argue that yelling and name-calling can’t be fairly compared to sexual and physical abuse. According to a new study, though, psychological abuse and neglect can yield consequences even worse than the effects wrought by physical and sexual abuse. Almost 3 million children are abused every year, and psychological... Read More

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PTSD in Military Families: 3 Ways You Can Help

October 13, 2014

Recently, a person I work with in therapy told me about a friend of his with two young children. The man, a former Marine who spent time in Afghanistan, is aggressive toward his wife and is now on the brink of divorce. The reason? Untreated posttraumatic stress. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that up to 20% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress (PTSD).... Read More

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Inside Hakomi Therapy: Acclimating to the Process

October 13, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts exploring Hakomi experiential psychotherapy. Part I appears here. “To notice what arises inside, without judgment, is the essence of Hakomi and a pathway to deep and abiding healing.” —Ron Kurtz, founder of Hakomi experiential therapy When people think about growth after trauma, they imagine confrontation of their terror … plunging deeply into... Read More

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Study Suggests Reptiles, Too, Can Learn Through Imitation

October 11, 2014

For centuries, scientists thought that learning through imitation was unique to humans, only to have this assumption upended by studies in primate learning. Until recently, scientists believed that only humans and non-human primates could learn by watching others. A new study from the University of Lincoln endeavors to undermine this presumption with preliminary evidence that reptiles may be capable of learning through... Read More


GoodTherapy.org Celebrates Family Justice Center Anniversary

October 10, 2014

The Thurston County Family Justice Center (TCFJC, online at thurstoncountyfjc.org) is only one of two Family Justice Centers in Washington State, and has just celebrated its first anniversary. GoodTherapy.org staff attended the anniversary event, which was a wine tasting in Olympia, Washington on October 9, 2014. During the evening event, “Lighting the Way to Hope,” representatives from TCFJC and the South Sound Family... Read More

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How the NFL Will Address Domestic Violence, and Other News

October 10, 2014

In the wake of a series of child and intimate partner abuse scandals, victims’ advocates have increasingly pushed for tougher abuse penalties for NFL players. Many have also pleaded for the resignation of the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, citing Goodell’s handling of abuse allegations. Others are calling for the NFL’s nonprofit status to be revoked in order to ensure that the organization pays... Read More


It Took a Mere 35 Minutes to Diagnose Me with Bipolar!

October 10, 2014

I am assuming that you consulted with either a psychiatrist or psychologist, someone who is licensed to prescribe drugs and has training in the treatment of mental health issues. MDs of all specialties are licensed to prescribe drugs of all kinds; I suggest strongly that you consult a psychiatrist who has a special understanding of both the diagnosis and the treatment of bipolar. I also hope that you scheduled a follow-up... Read More

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Should Therapists Use Skype for Web-Based Therapy?

October 10, 2014

In the Showtime series Web Therapy, Lisa Kudrow plays a narcissistic therapist who administers questionable therapy over the Internet. Life often imitates art, and web-based therapy is no exception, though the therapists engaged in web therapy—also known as distance therapy—are nothing like Kudrow’s character. They’re qualified professionals who want to help people. Several large and well-respected websites... Read More

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Divorce Rates Similar among Gay and Straight Couples

October 9, 2014

Opponents of gay marriage have periodically argued that gay marriage is fundamentally different and that gay couples are more likely to break up. According to a new study, though, gay marriage looks a lot like heterosexual marriage, with gay couples splitting at rates similar to those of straight couples. Divorce Rates among Gay and Straight Couples The study drew its data from the How Couples Meet and Stay Together survey... Read More

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