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7 Ways To Evoke Emotions In Your Screenplay Movies are supposed to be emotional rollercoaster rides. More often than not, movies get exciting, then they stop with a huge bang!   That qualifies as an emotional roller coaster ride.  But great movies move people in different ways. Excitement is one of the easy ways.  Fast cars, bullets, space ships, all...
Starting a Counseling Practice Part 8: Choosing Your Niche Niche by definition is simply a specialized but profitable corner of the market. Choosing a niche gives your private practice a trajectory. When you have a niche, you are able to do market research needed for business planning. You also are clear in your marketing messages about who you help...
How to Make the Most of 2015 By Doing “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard The New Year has officially arrived, and if you’re like most people you have some goals for the coming year. You also probably have goals you didn’t achieve from the past year. One of the most powerful...
Yoga and Your Mental Health Stress is everywhere. Whether you are at work, whether your boss wants the report by tomorrow, whether your partner wants to know what is for dinner, or whether your child is crying- stress is there and if you are constantly under stress your mind and body will pay the price....
The Cause of Autism May Not Be Unknown Today, the often-repeated refrain is, “The cause of autism is unknown.”  Yet, even though most so-called autism experts generally admit that the cause of autism has not been proven, they generally offer only non-environmental theories. Bernard, et al., found in a 2001 article in Medical Hypotheses that mercury in certain...
Learn to Bring Light into the New Year ‘Tis the season for drinking too much eggnog, eating too much, and pulling out old family hangover cures. We’ve just moved past the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the sun cycle, which happened within hours of the New Moon, the darkest moment of the moon cycle. We are in...
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Peace Is An Achievable Goal “Peace” is a prevalent theme this time of year. “Peace on Earth”, “World Peace”, etc. are lofty ideals that we aspire to because they connect us with others outside of ourselves. However, neither can ever be achieved without each us first developing “Inner Peace” or “Peace of Mind” - yes, that’s where it all begins!
Hang On, It Does Get Better: On Leelah Alcorn’s Before dawn on Dec. 28, 2014, a transgender 17-year-old in Ohio allegedly wrote a suicide note on her blog, walked to Interstate 71 and stepped in front of a tractor-trailer. “Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in … because I’m transgender,” Leelah...
Symbolic gestures, magical thinking, and New Year’s resolutions “I will definitely give up smoking – that’s my New Year’s resolution,” she stated emphatically as she thumped her fist on the table to underline her determination. “All very well”, I thought, as I sat opposite her in my medical consulting room in October. What is it about New Year’s resolutions that we find so [...]The post Symbolic gestures, magical thinking, and New Year’s resolutions appeared first on PsyPost.
How to get your stress levels in check Stress is the physical and emotional response we all experience when faced with demanding situations. Our stress can arise from within when we fear we’re unable to meet our own high expectations. Or it can come from an inability to meet the requirements of employers, financial institutions (think of your credit card repayments), partners, family [...]The post How to get your stress levels in check appeared first on PsyPost.
It’s Time We “Legalize” Emotional Eating Mindful Emotional Eating (MEE) has been nearly a taboo both in self- help and clinical literature on emotional eating. I first wrote about mindful emotional eating in Eating the Moment in 2008 and have had a chance to pilot this material clinically in my practice and through a series of workshops for...
Day One: Attention is everything. (Twelve Days of Wisdom) Your life is the sum total of what you chose to pay attention to. So choose wisely! Although we move through our days believing we are awake and aware, there are severe limitations on the amount of data our brains can process. This means that we miss out on all...
Happy New Year 2015 To all of our Psych Central readers, I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is a good year for you and your friends & family. May the year be full of the things that bring you more happiness in your life and if you’re one to...
The Weird Reason It’s Hard to Empathise And Be Logical At The Same Time The strange influence of empathising on the capacity for logical thought. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities A Blood Test for Depression The Type of Daydreaming That Makes The Mind More Efficient How the Brain Stores Memories One More Reason Why Teenage Behaviour Can Be So Extreme
7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today! Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...
Are You Seeking True Or Fake Happiness? Happiness – a universal concept sought by everybody. And there are a lot of things that promise to make us happy – the right purchases, the right life attitudes. All we have to do is buy or embrace some new trend. And while many of us do – buy that...
30 Prompts to Reflect on In the New Year In 2014 I shared 60 prompts we can respond to in order to get to know ourselves. (See here and here.) Here’s another list of 30 prompts to help you delve deeper, take kinder care of yourself and connect to the core that is you. Prompts include everything from reflecting on...
Friends Are Vital For Your Health, Part 2 Based on the evidence presented in my last article, entitled Friends Are Vital For Your Health, Part 1, I have a number of recommendations that can result in greatly increased social connections. There are many things you can do to improve health. You probably already know about the importance of...
How Will You Be A Better Person In 2015? New Year’s represents a new beginning What I like about New Year’s is that I can start fresh. I do this by asking the question, “How will I be a better person next year?” So, I ask you, “How will you be a better person next year?” What do you...