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How Parents Can Promote Learning Through Guided Play Every interaction with the world can offer children an opportunity to learn. Here's how play, and more specifically, guided play with a parent can encourage learning.
How to Create Emotional Boundaries Those who have experienced physical abuse are advised by therapists to create physical boundaries with the abuser, as in distancing themselves from them and in some extreme cases, warranting a restraining order. The same method should be employed for toxic emotional abuse between two people. … ...
Under Stress, Brains of Bulimics Respond Differently to Food Scans suggest food is a form of escape from self-critical thoughts
What Is a “Good” Decision? We often confuse the process of making decisions with its outcomes, leading to an incorrect understanding of what a good decision is.
Jerry Garcia and Heroin Examined in Grateful Dead Documentary... “ Jerry was a complicated, creatively talented and unconventional person…he had an equal proclivity for transcendence and self-destruction.” Amir Bar-Lev’s rockumentary, Long Strange Trip, about the Grateful Dead, is aptly named for what is arguably the band’s most famous lyric: What a long, strange trip it’s … ...
Are you an active listener ….or do you just hear? One of the most valuable tools that my clients have found useful over the years is learning the art of active listening.  All too often, when people think of being a good communicator, they think of having good verbal skills.  However, much of healthy communication is … ...
Scientist: There is a ‘conservative syndrome’ that exists across countries In a new review article summarizing several cross-cultural studies, an Australian scientist argues that there is a cluster of psychological traits and attitudes that can be defined as a “conservative syndrome.” “I was not interested in this particular topic when I started the work some ten years ago,” explained Lazar Stankov of the University of [...]
Here’s what happened when a psychiatrist tried to treat his depression by smoking DMT every day A case report recently published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs chronicles the story of a 40-year-old retired male psychiatrist who tried to treat his bipolar disorder using a powerful psychedelic drug called N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). DMT was first synthesized by the chemist Richard H. F. Manske in 1931. However, the drug’s powerful psychedelic properties were [...]
When You’re Having a Hard Day Today, nothing is going right. You receive some disappointing news. You are late to work, of course after spilling coffee all over your clothes. You didn’t get much sleep because you’re thinking of everything you needed to do yesterday. You are also late paying your … ...
In What Ways Might a Counselor’s Own Body Image... I would describe body image as the perception one has about one’s body, and the negative or positive thoughts and feelings that are derived from this perception. Learning to love myself holistically, with a focus on body image, has had a constructive impact on my … ...
The Matrix Effect: When Time Slows Down Have you had this kind of experience? Time seemed to slow down during an accident. Here are answers to the questions of why this happens and what then happens in the brain.
What’s More Important: Speaking Your Truth or Maintaining Safe... We often hear that it’s important to speak your truth — to express your honest feelings, thoughts, and perceptions. But how often do we create rifts in our relationships following this dictate too rigidly? We want to be true to ourselves and live with authenticity … ...
How One Therapist Sets Meaningful, Compassionate Goals Marriage and family therapist Ashley Thorn got tired of setting resolutions she’d never see through. So she started setting goals around her mental and emotional health instead. Goals that meaningfully contribute to her well-being. Goals that are flexible and compassionate and based on her values. For … ...
Can animals suffer from PTSD? Research on PTSD in animals suggests they respond to trauma in similar ways that people do.
Doctor Explains Symptoms of Empathic Children How to determine if your child is an empathy. Empathic children have nervous systems which react more quickly and strongly to external stimuli including stress. In The Empath’s Survival Guide, I emphasize that empath children feel too much but don’t know how to manage the … ...
Bright Minds, Anxious Hearts: 9 Secrets of a 'Magnet Mind' Passionate for learning, emotionally intense, frequently indecisive, and highly achievement striving. What happens when gifted kids grow up to become bright, sensitive adults?
People can use anxiety to motivate themselves, study finds A high-stress environment may be a boon rather than a bane for some. According to new research published in the Journal of Individual Differences, some anxious individuals can use that experience to motivate themselves. Past research has found that anxiety can harm concentration and memory. But the new study suggests that the way people experience [...]
Threesomes Are Interesting, But It Depends Straight men are more willing to engage in threesomes if two women are involved, especially if the participants are known individuals.
Tips for Marketing Your Private Pay Practice Featuring Angela... Jennifer: How should someone starting out in practice begin to organize their marketing efforts? Do you recommend a marketing plan? If so, what books/resources do you recommend in creating one? Angela: Yes, a marketing plan as part of your business plan is very useful in identifying … ...
How a Child Becomes a Narcissist Last week, a father sent an email to me about his teenage daughter. After reading the characteristics of narcissism, he was concerned that she had narcissistic personality disorder. She would appear to others to be the ideal teenager but at home she acted entitled, superior, … ...