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OCD: “The Bow that You Have to Keep on Tying” “It just doesn’t feel right. I have to fix it until it is just so!” “I need to figure it out, and once I do, I’ll feel free to move on!” “I have to check all the windows, then I’ll be able to sleep peacefully.” … ...
Emotion Perception Across Cultures Culture influences how we perceive facial expressions in subtle yet important ways.
An Effective Positive Psychology Mental Exercise for Lasting Weight... Think you know it all when it comes to lasting weight loss? Think again. I want to share an effective positive psychology exercise that will help you lose weight and … ...
Reducing One of the Most Painful Symptoms of ADHD Many adults with ADHD feel shame. A bottomless, all-encompassing shame. They feel shame for having ADHD in the first place. They feel shame for procrastinating or not being as productive as they think they “should” be. They feel shame for forgetting things too quickly. They … ...
An Essential Exercise for Examining Underlying Beliefs I used to view my thoughts and beliefs as rock solid facts. I assumed they were indisputable, unquestionable truths. I assumed that I had to stick with them, because I’d stuck … ...
The hidden history of war on terror torture The Hidden Persuaders project has interviewed neuropsychologist Tim Shallice about his opposition to the British government’s use of ‘enhanced interrogation’ in the Northern Ireland conflict of the 1970s – a practice eventually abandoned as torture. Shallice is little known to the wider public but is one of the most important and influential neuropsychologists of his … Continue reading "The hidden history of war on terror torture"
In This Whole Mess, What Happens to Melania Trump? Let’s make this clear from the beginning – this is not a post about politics. Sure, it’s indirectly implicated but I am not making a statement about how anyone should … ...
Ali Vincent Tells Oprah Weight Gain, Sexual Assault Viewers of The Biggest Loser celebrated when Ali Vincent was crowned the victor. She worked hard on her emotional and physical self and really seemed to understand that gaining control … ...
Stop Blaming Stigma: Take Responsibility for Yourself Stigma: A set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something (Merriam-Webster). Let’s get the full disclosure out of the way first: I have bipolar disorder (type II, leans far more toward the depressive side than the … ...
Exploring Your Life Story Maybe you want to write a memoir. Maybe you want to leave behind a legacy for your family. Maybe you simply want to get to know yourself better and reflect … ...
ADHD Vs. Learning Disabilities Introduction October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.  Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder a learning disability?  Well, the answer is no.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a learning disability.  Then, … ...
Weathering The Storm I am in the middle of a hurricane. Yeah. Fun. I live on the East Coast, a good hour and half from the beach, but it found us anyway. That … ...
ADHD: What You See, What You Get You think you know what ADHD is? You think you’ve got it figured out? You think because you have a friend or two with it you recognize it and what … ...
5 Tips for Teaching Your Kids Self-Compassion Self-compassion is vital for adults. It reduces anxiety and depression. It’s been linked to greater well-being, emotional coping skills and compassion for others. Unfortunately, so many of us have a hard time practicing self-compassion. Instead we default to blaming, shaming and bashing ourselves. We assume that … ...
5 Myths & 5 Truths About Codependency I don’t love the term codependency. I think it’s often misunderstood. Some people find it a helpful description and others reject it because it feels blaming or inaccurate. Unfortunately, there … ...
5 Myth and 5 Truths about Codependency   I don’t love the term codependency. I think it’s often misunderstood. Some people find it a helpful description and others reject it because it feels blaming or inaccurate. Unfortunately, … ...
Today I Love The Quiet Nighttime Rain Today I love the quiet nighttime rain that eased me back to sleep with its lullaby in the small hours of this morning. I love that I had to listen … ...
How Narcissists and Hurricanes are Alike As a twenty-five year resident of Florida, this latest hurricane is the fifth one I’ve lived through. While there have been countless tropical storms and tornados, nothing compares to hurricane force winds, except, of course, narcissists. Their reputation precedes them. If there is ever an … ...
Self-Care: Sharing the Responsibility (Part 2) We have been discussing this topic of self-care and how it is an ethical issue for helping professionals. If you have not been following along click below to read part 1 … ...
Your 9 Top Defense Mechanisms, Revisited We’ve all come to know about defense mechanisms, but usually from the perspective of Freudian theory. This new view redefines nine of them in a more rational manner.