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Therapy #6: The Inability to Feel Love Is PTSD I finally put my new waterproof make-up to the test during Therapy #6. As my therapist deftly wielded a screwdriver to fix a wobbly office chair, he began the session … ...
The Man Bun In other words, superficial reasons to end a relationship. I dated someone in my past that started out looking great. He had a clean-cut haircut and a smooth face. Then … ...
Mental Health and Addiction Among Inmates Working with offenders allows you to see many interesting phenomena. Not only do you get to observe interesting behaviors and get a glimpse inside the thinking patterns of criminals, but there are interesting sociological observations as well. One of which is how life inside the … ...
You Can’t Expect People To Understand For the 9 millionth time, being mentally ill can be very hard. I am trudging through this shit called rapid cycling bipolar 1 disorder, anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. … ...
How Smartphone Gaming Can Reduce in Stress Smart phones have made a tremendous impact on how we relate to each other and they serve different functions for different people. There are countless apps available to download making it no mystery why people’s faces are constantly fixed on their phones. Smart phones are … ...
Watching A Bird Die Many of us avoid the topic of dying. Spending some time with death can deepen our engagement with life.
Real Stories About Real People Show Complexity of Mental Illness “The nightmare of schizophrenia is not knowing what’s true.” Russell Crowe as mathematician John Nash struggles with mental illness in A Beautiful Mind. A Hungarian-born man is found ranting in the street that he is “king of the Puerto Ricans.” A perfectly healthy woman feels compelled to undergo over a dozen operations. A man in a straightjacket somehow manages to commit suicide while inside a locked psychiatric ward....
How the Ghost of Past Trauma Held the Key to One Man's Madness Bethlem Royal Hospital (“Bedlam”) as depicted in a scene from William Hogarth’s series, “The Rake’s Progress” (1735). Public domain.“How dare you treat me this way!” boomed a husky voice with a thick Eastern European accent. “I’m king of the Puerto Ricans,” came the roar from the packed waiting room. ...
5 Indispensable Parenting Practices Being a parent is anything but simple or straightforward. Every day is essentially a new adventure to traverse. A beautiful, winding, topsy-turvy adventure. What can greatly help along the ride is your approach. Sometimes, we assume that parenting is about striving for perfection. Or we … ...
7 Self-Care Practices to Support You Self-care is about nourishing ourselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It’s about responding to our needs in the moment. Eating when we’re hungry. Drinking water when (or before) we’re thirsty. … ...
Today I Love Farmers’ Market Saturday Today I love Farmers’ Market Saturday and the bustling and busy crowd that is waiting for me there. I love that there will be breakfast and eggs and veggies  and … ...
Does Talk Therapy Really Work and Is it Always... Although it can be difficult to admit as a psychologist, talk therapy does not work for everyone. In fact, some critics of psychotherapy would argue that it does not even work for the majority of people. I can see the validity in the arguments by … ...
Psychology Around the Net: September 3, 2016 Here in the U.S., we’re currently in the throes of Labor Day Weekend (and I’m at a local music and arts festival, celebrating!). Labor Day is the first Monday of September, and although it gives us a nice little three-day weekend, it’s about much more … ...
Is Whoopi Goldberg ‘Single at Heart’? People who are “single at heart” live their best, most authentic, most fulfilling and meaningful lives by living single. The concept is not well-known, so few people spontaneously say that … ...
Schizophrenics as Hyper-domesticated Humans As predicted by the diametric model of mental illness, if autistics are hypo-domesticated, schizophrenics are hyper-domesticated.
When Coincidences Signal It’s ‘Meant to Be’—But It's Not! All coincidences are best not painted with the "It's all good." paint brush
Having An Impact on Others We might make all the difference. “Practically every adult who experienced unnecessary suffering in childhood has a story to tell about someone whose kindness tenderness, and concern restored their sense … ...
Using Creativity to Embrace Imperfection Or At Least Relax... We know that perfection is impossible. And yet we yearn for it. We strive for it. We go to great lengths for it. We go to great lengths not to … ...
Those Who Make Your Checklist Often Don’t Make It There’s more to attraction than what meets the eye. Charlie: You know what list we’re talking about here. It’s the one that contains all the characteristics of the partner of … ...
Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict This simplistic label of "sex addict" does nothing to help someone with out-of-control sexual behaviors