|Best of Our Blogs: December 26, 2014
||As I write this, it’s Christmas morning. There’s a calmness and peace today. The sound of my son watching cartoons, the flood of sparkling gifts still unwrapped, the smell of something delicious being baked for a party. It’s the potential and hope of the present moment and it’s beautiful. I’ve...
|The Plague of Modern, Mechanized, Multi-culltural Life
||Plagues, like mechanization, modernization, and multi-culturalism, isolate individuals in ways comparable to autism.
|How Identifying a Kindred Spirit Can Battle Low Self-Esteem
||If low self-esteem had a Constitution, its First Amendment would be: I hate myself. Its Second Amendment would be: Everyone hates me. Illogically, maddeningly, this Second Amendment haunts even the most introverted among us. Not that the Second Amendment of Low Self-Esteem causes introversion, but rather that naturally born loners...
|Five Tips for Safe Partying
||The holiday season is brimming with social gatherings and parties. It’s important you are able to let your hair down and enjoy this, but things can get out of hand. Here are five tips to embrace the festivities of the season while still taking care of yourself . Plan your transport Instead of winging it, […]
|Revisiting the Magic in Magic Mushrooms
||Researching a book on psychedelic medicine, an author tried magic mushrooms for the first time in 35 years. What happened shook his world.
|How to Work with Your Dreams
||A lot of us are drawn to working with our dreams. Knowing where to start and how to go about it can be confusing. Here are some basic tools to help you with the process. 1. Tell yourself the whole dream. Tell yourself the dream from start to finish so that...
|Life choices are 'behind more than four in 10 cancers'
||Research center shows smoking is the biggest avoidable risk factor, following by unhealthy diets.
|Why happiness is healthy
||A review of research found a link between emotional well-being and physical health.
|Merry Christmas 2014
||I’d like to take this moment to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! May the joy and peace of the season be with you and your family & friends. Whether you spend it on your own or with others, I hope you enjoy the day in peace, joy...
|Envy-Empathy: Gifts Within Human Neurocircuitry
||Malignant envy is wild desire, what in Eastern perspectives is believed to be responsible for suffering. When envy is modulated and matured, it empowers life positive impulses facilitating knowing, emulation, learning, admiration, feelings of gratitude, and empathy, that is, understanding, respect, and compassion for self and others.
|Why You Should Observe Christmas Rituals
Study on rituals before eating reveals why they should be observed.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|In 2015 Choose Your Resolutions Wisely – Go For
||Most people do not keep their New Year’s resolutions. More than 90% of us fail to accomplish the things that we so passionately resolved to do, only a year before. The reasons vary, but more than often it’s not about willpower, determination, or motivation. We simply focus on the wrong...
|Recognizing Expressions of Spiritual Activism
||In these last few weeks we’ve witnessed countless bold, inspiring acts of Spiritual Activism, with people holding space for equality, inclusion, justice and love. In case you’ve missed any of them, and need a dose of what’s right in the world, read on. 1. Healing Racism: In the face of...
|Helping Others Improves Our Own Health and Wellbeing
||The Empowered Patient In all my years of working with people who were living with chronic, debilitating medical conditions, the single most significant problem I observed was that many people adopt the view that the doctors have all the power and that they, as patients, are at the mercy of...
|Cartoons of Christmas Past – Santa
||Psycho Santa: (pushing Frosty the Snowman over a cliff on a sled into an unfrozen lake.) Caption: Psycho-ho-ho! Consumer Ambassador Chato Stewart CRPS-A ...
|Toward a Language of Gratitude: My Problem with Saying
||“Thanks for being there for me yesterday. It really helped to talk with you.” “No problem.” “The flowers are really beautiful! Thanks for bringing them.” “No problem.” “I appreciate the ride to the airport.” “No problem.” In each of these interactions, there is something offered and gratitude expressed. Yet the...
|The Bizarre Case of the Woman Who Saw Dragons Everywhere
Recently, a group of neuroscientists examined a woman who complained of an unusual ailment. The people around her kept turning into dragons....
|Learning to Appreciate Life
||Many of my clients seek therapy because they cannot accept that some things in life cannot be changed:”I wish I hadn’t been abused in childhood”; “I wish my spouse was different”; “I wish these things weren’t happening to me.” When you desire to control the uncontrollable, you set yourself up...
|At Social Events, Don’t Ditch Your Date
||You’re visiting your spouse’s family. They’re working on a house project with their sibling while you’re inside taking care of your baby. Not only do you already feel awkward but you’re hurt that your partner doesn’t check on you or try to include you. You’re attending your spouse’s work party....
|Ebenezer Scrooge: The Quintessential Controlling Perfection
||Can we still learn something new from this quintessential Christmas story?