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10 Introductory Questions Therapists Commonly Ask Therapy is about the fine art of asking directive questions. So what should you expect from your first appointment with a counselor, social worker or psychologist? The answer is simple: You should expect easy, brain-expanding questions, questions and more questions. A “change map” (often called “treatment goals”) is then created...
Narcissists are unpopularin different ways Regardless of the first impression narcissists make, over time their nature and personalities come out to the people they know well. Earlier research has shown that narcissists are often disliked by people who know them. A new study looks at two types of narcissism and how that dislike manifests in their social networks.
Three Ways To Get Stronger Mentally in 30 Seconds While any kind of strength — especially the mental kind– is not built overnight, is does begin with a few crucial shifts in the way we approach challenging situations. While we all can feel knocked down and kicked in the ribs when life throws us a curveball — or maybe...
How to Study: 5 Basic Practices for Academic Success Many students complain that they don’t know how to study, so I’ve compiled this short and sweet page of the basics. Perhaps now, as the first grading quarter winds to a close, is a good time to read down this list and get back on track with these five essential good-student...
How to talk to kids about ebola For kids, seeing alarming headlines without understanding the context of the disease, Ebola can seem like a looming and personal threat.
Art therapy: A Grieving Process “and death will be DEATH:(running~yelling) Oh No! Right Boot: (kicking Death butt) I am going to KICK your Butt! Left Boot: (About to Kick Deaths Butt) GRRRrrrrrr! Caption:  (Bible verse of Revelation Chapter 21, Verse 4:) Revelation 21:4 ~ “…and death will be no more,…”  Mental Health Humor: All rights reserved©Chato B. Stewart 2014....
How to Connect With Your Passion So You Can “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou An uninspired and passionless life can start to feel exhausting. Without pursuing our passions, existence becomes lifeless and dull and we get stuck in a...
Spike activity 24-10-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a […]
What Are Americans Most Afraid Of? A recent survey asked 1,500 Americans what they fear most. The answers may surprise you. ...
The Beast Is Back: Depression Part II It has almost been over a week on my new antidepressant and it’s getting easier to open the pill box and take it. Not perfect, but I’m trying. I skipped a couple days which I know is bad but I waffled on taking the whole thing to begin with so...
Hope for Anxiety – Part Two In my last blog I stated that I’d learned to become less anxious about having anxiety.   In order to this, the first thing I had to do was accept that I was anxious. If you read part one of this two part blog, you can probably guess this was not...
25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core. Another part of building a...
Interferences of Interest in the Talking Child For some time now, we have been immersed in feelings. Most recently, we have explored the crucial feeling of interest (curiosity) and what enhances and inhibits it. Last month, we examined the ways in which curiosity can be constricted in infancy, i.e. the preverbal child. This month, we discuss how curiosity can be restricted as the child begins to use words.
Everyone Is Lying To You All The Time And Only Butlers Know Why Those new-fangled contraptions these days — with their beeping and their "online" social interaction — are making us dishonest! Researchers from Cornell University have determined that they have led to a new kind of lie. Learn about the "butler lie," and why it fools everyone....
Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years How light to moderate alcohol intake affects memory for past events. 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:Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’ The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Green Tea Improves Working Memory
Do You Make Demands or Offer Choices Think about how the words ‘should’ and ‘must’ are used in language. These small, single syllable words limit options and creative problem-solving by fostering rigidity. If you ‘should’ or ‘must’ do something one way, then it rules out all the other ways a thing might be accomplished. So rather then...
Diamonds Aren’t Forever For decades, the idea that spending a fortune on engagement rings and weddings is good for your relationship has gone untested and largely unchallenged. But recently, a pair of economists put De Beers et al. to the test.
Pleasure of learning new words From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings. First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established.
ADHD Has Been Good To Me Yes, ADHD has made me the success I am today. Without it I’d be … well, I’d not be me. I’d be someone else. And who that person I might have been is, I will never know. The question is, would I have been that much better off if I...
Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2014 Something we all struggle with or have struggled with is self-worth and self-love that’s not conditional on external circumstances. And it’s not just loving yourself despite your depression, mistakes and imperfections. It’s about loving the whole of who you are and realizing you’re worthy of love regardless of the things...