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Attacking Negative Energies in Sobriety   When we were running in our dependencies and addictions, we dodged emotions. We found that we were more comfortable when we felt numbed. In sobriety, we learn we have … ...
Can Psychology Explain Donald Trump’s Victory? Donald Trump’s astounding presidential victory appears to have surprised many, including pollsters, experts, pundits, large swathes of the media and the political intelligentsia. Is it possible that in order to fully grasp what has happened in a tumultuous election, psychological processes need to be invoked? … ...
6 Tips for Practicing Self-Care When Life Sucks Today, I’m happy to share a guest post penned by one of my favorite writers Rosie Molinary. If you remember, Rosie shared an excerpt here on Weightless from the second edition of her … ...
24 Signs of a Passive Aggressive Person These are some of the characteristics of a passive aggressive individual: He/she doesn’t give you what you want. He/she gives you what, when you don’t need it! Then he/she expects … ...
World Champion Cubs Toss Marriage Tip: Regroup! Did you know that the same traits we admire in sportsmanship exist in good marriages? Spouses who want to keep their relationship growing nicely can pick up a few ideas from Chicago Cubs outfielder, Jason Heyward, and manager Joe Maddon. Many give Heyward’s inspiring World … ...
26 Questions to Help Kids Know Themselves Better   Children are rapidly growing and changing both physically and emotionally. As parents, we strive to help our children understand who they are, what they believe in, and how to … ...
I Love The Camaraderie Of Bars I was at an Irish bar in Providence when we found out Trump won. It was a pretty diverse place. People of all stripes were there, sitting at a big table together … ...
Making anti-depressants part of a holistic recovery Throughout my life, my mental health has gone up and down dramatically. At my worst, I had issues with substance abuse, self-harm and suicidal idealisation. On more than one occasion I almost followed through. Eventually I went to a doctor and was put on some antidepressants. They saved my life. However, despite being great at […]
A Creative Way to Process Shame Each of us holds stories of shame inside our hearts. Maybe these stories are about receiving criticism for a beloved project or receiving criticism for who we are. Maybe these … ...
Fear of Rejection: 8 Facts Rejection is one of the most distressing feelings one can experience in their lifetime. Specifically, interpersonal rejection ranks among one of the most potent and distressing events that a person … ...
Fighting Climate Change in a Post-Factual Age Climate change is abstract, distant, and easy to deny. But we can fight it if we know how.
Why Am I Uncomfortable Getting Close to People? Many of us are hesitant to get emotionally close to others. Getting close means sharing feelings, thoughts, wishes and dreads. Getting close means sharing your true self, flaws and all, with someone else who totally accepts us. Many people, who are hesitant to get close … ...
Arthritis drug boosts effectiveness of antidepressant medication Giving severely depressed patients the arthritis drug celecoxib (Celebrex®) dramatically boosted the effectiveness of their antidepressant medication, a new study has found.
Pain is not just a matter of nerves The sensation of pain occurs when neural pathways conduct excitation generated by tissue damage to the spinal cord, where the nociceptive information is extensively pre-processed. From there, the information is transmitted to the human brain, where the sensation of "pain" is finally created. This is the general belief. However, researchers have now discovered that pain is not just a matter of nerves but that non-neuronal cells, the glial cells, are also involved in clinically relevant pain models and their activation is sufficient to amplify pain.
Why Are We Eating Portions Larger Than Our Heads? Cleaning your plate no longer is relevant.
Realizations Therapy doesn’t just change those I offer it to, it changes me as well just as I offer it to others.  Over the years, I’ve heard myself say things in … ...
More than 100 troops seeking transgender care The troops are coming forward after the Pentagon’s new policy allowing the open service of transgender troops went into effect Oct. 1.
Therapists: Do You Need to Make More Money? A new article was just posted that showed that 5 of the top 13 worst paying jobs that require a master’s degree were all variations of counselors and helpers. Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, School Counselors, etc. all made the top list- despite these … ...
Grief & Loss After the Election After the historic election of 2016, where underdog businessman Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton for the presidency of the United States, many people are in distress. There have been large anti-Trump protests of thousands of people in major cities across the country chanting, “Not my … ...
Struggling for Gratitude after the Election It was a tough, dispiriting presidential election, filled with name-calling, bigotry, and polarization. And for many people, the outcome was devastating. In the wake of such an election, does gratitude have a place? Many of the members of our digital gratitude journal, Thnx4, think so. Its public feed was filled with posts expressing a mix of disappointment and disillusionment, combined with heartfelt struggles to see the good and vows to work for positive change in society. We are humbled to share some posts below, in hopes they can provide comfort and inspiration to those who are suffering.