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Lessons from the Maestro Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926 in Astoria, Queens, New York to parents of Italian ancestry. His mother was born in America and his father emigrated from Italy in 1906. Like most of the children of emigrant families, who grew up during the depression, Anthony had a...
Your Fitness Age is the One that Really Counts As much as many people would like to turn back the clock on their age, up until now it hasn’t been a very feasible goal. However, new research on the concept of fitness age shows that you’re more in control than you think of the way your body keeps track of time.
ENVY: Bane of Existence or Gift of Nature? The possibility of the healthy maturation of envy, a novel construct in envy theory, affords those dedicated to resolute self-change the possibility of its healthy transformation. This is a potential gift. The experience of “raw envy,” in this way, morphs into more conscious and complex attitudes that include health-promoting admiration and emulation.
Psychology Around the Net: October 25, 2014 Still afraid you’ll contract Ebola? Ever thought about how your city affects your happiness? What about reverse psychology–does that really work? Read up on all this and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Quiz: How Does Your City Affect Your Happiness?: TIME has compiled 13 questions to help...
When Depression Strikes As per my last post, I dealt with some major depression this week. I probably slept more than I was awake. It was rough, to say the least. I appreciate each and every comment that was posted but wanted to address a few for all readers now. I have what...
Top 5 Self-Sabotaging Habits to Stop Right Now More than 150 people and counting have taken at least one of our new email coaching programs. Hope and I have learned a lot about the self-sabotaging habits that people tend to struggle with. I’d like to share the top 5 self-sabotaging habits with you, with a few key insights...
Helping the Emotional Child; Part 2: Managing Feelings in Children need to be able to learn how to behave in emotionally-charged situations. When a particular feeling is experienced, children may react in many different ways. Simple Kids describes children with good emotion regulation skills and children with not so healthy emotion regulation skills. (The following descriptions are authored by...
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.