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How To Get Through The Holidays Part I Number one: Just don’t give a shit Number two: Keep it real cause you are real Number three: Take a lot of tranquilizers Number four: Kiss my ass is your mantra … ...
Getting the Most out of Imago Couples Therapy: Reframe,... Couples therapy is a time for learning and growing as a couple. It’s a time to take a moment to sit down in this fast-paced world and really listen to what your partner is saying. Whether you’ve been going to couples therapy for years or … ...
The 8 Faces of Grief There is no one-way to grieve. If you think back to a time when you have grieved the loss of a loved one, you might notice that you reacted very differently to another family member or friend. In this article Colleen wrote for PsychCentral, she talks about the 8 faces of grief, and how they […]
Why daydreaming is good for you Most people think of rest as the times when we stop work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength. But historians and anthropologists have discovered that what counts as rest has varied a lot over time and across cultures. Rest is very difficult to understand, not least because it is experienced in [...]
The Guilt About Feeling Guilty I’m not going to get into Thanksgiving, but, some of us don’t want to do it. But we do. And when we don’t, some of us feel guilty. After years … ...
Humankind's Current Growing Pains Are Right On Schedule Taking stock is a good use of the holiday season, hard this year what with the calamities all around us. Still, from a broad vista humankind is doing fine, just what we'd expect to be doing now given evolutionary and human history.
Food and Community Perhaps more than any other day of the year, Thanksgiving shows us that food is so much more than just fuel for our bodies. It’s a holiday that’s centered around … ...
Rediscovering and Remembering What We’re Grateful For... Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who’s celebrating! So I was away a bit longer than I thought (apparently revising almost 70,000 words takes some time). But we’ll be back to regular … ...
Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship Unlike physical or sexual abuse, emotional abuse can be much harder to pinpoint and recognize. Emotional abuse often is inconsistent in amount and duration and happens in multiple forms. At its core, emotional abuse plays into deep-seated fears of rejection, abandonment, unworthiness, shame and loveability. … ...
Thanksgiving Reading Helpful posts to read while you're taking a breather....
Things I’m Thankful For Happy Thanksgiving! I made a list of all the things I’m thankful for today. I know most of us who’ve got issues complain a lot (we need to!) but it’s … ...
Molecular trigger for cerebral cavernous malformation identified Researchers in Italy, Germany and the United States have identified a regulatory protein crucial for the development of cerebral cavernous malformation -- a severe and incurable disease mainly affecting the brain microvasculature. The results show that the KLF4 protein plays a central role in the development of CCM lesions.
Apathy Explained: Why Some People Just Can’t Be Bothered Apathy is about more than a bad attitude... » Continue reading: Apathy Explained: Why Some People Just Can’t Be Bothered
Today I Love The Sound Of Dripping Snow Melt Today I love the sound of dripping snow melt as it runs off the roof and splatters in puddles. There’s a reason I’ve never fixed that hole in the gutter, … ...
There Is Still Much To Be Thankful For Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! I always find this holiday to be a time when I reflect on what I am thankful for. It can be hard. Mental illness stole my career … ...
Waiting for the Haiku in Mindfulness Mindfulness can be about a personal and experimental exploration of reality that is not about saving yourself, but rather experiencing your self. Realizing that the "explanation for you" is not only the finger your mind constantly points at itself, but something undefinably larger and more personal at the same time.
Give Yourself the Gift of Dignity Over at another psychology site, a pair of bloggers asked whether marriage or living together or staying single was best, and proclaimed that single was the worst. They even perpetuated … ...
Surprising Differences between Lonely Women and Lonely Men... It’s certainly true that men and women handle negative emotional states differently. When things aren’t going well in a woman’s life, she tends to interpret it as depression. When a man doesn’t feel good about himself, he tends to express it as anger. But men … ...
New insights on how cocaine causes wild firing of dopaminergic neurons in the brain The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what’s going on in the brain of its users, finds a study published November 25 in Cell Reports. Through experiments conducted in rats exposed to cocaine, the researchers mapped out the network of circuits that cause wild [...]
How the explosion in prescription painkillers has created more heroin users In the early years of my clinical practice as a psychologist treating heroin users, I commonly saw adolescents and young adults using heroin as their first drug. A typical client was a male in his mid-teens, perhaps a runaway or living in foster care, or someone who had been in and out of juvenile detention, [...]