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It’s All in the Family: Involving Family in Effective... Confidentiality is a frequent issue in clinical practice; should or shouldn’t a clinician involve significant others, especially family, in an identified patient’s psychiatric care? And, assuming the answer is yes, … ...
Mental Health Hygiene Habits Parents, teachers, and doctors regularly encourage young people to establish good physical hygiene habits. Here are just a few: Bathe daily. Eat healthy meals. Brush your teeth at least once a day. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom. Clip your toenails before they … ...
The Enneagram: Type 7 – The Optimist They are the life of the party, the adventurer, and the first person to have a laugh. This week we look at Type 7 on the Enneagram, and highlight the people in our lives who always have a positive outlook and have grand ideas for the future. While they are thinkers, Type 7’s try to […]
Part of You is Programmed to be Unhappy In our positivity-obsessed culture, it seems ludicrous, rude or evil to suggest part of us is bent toward failure or misery. This post will argue this is true nonetheless and … ...
The real history of the ‘safe space’ There’s much debate in the media about a culture of demanding ‘safe spaces’ at university campuses in the US, a culture which has been accused of restricting free speech by defining contrary opinions as harmful. The history of safe spaces is an interesting one and a recent article in Fusion cited the concept as originating […]
Dealing With Our Own Stuff My friends are often stand-ins for the Muse as they suggest writing prompts. A conversation with one such inspirational soul offered wisdom too good to pass up. We were speaking about … ...
4 Unexpected Benefits of Gratitude As more researchers turn their attention to gratitude, we are learning about the widespread and sometimes surprising benefits of having a more grateful outlook. Here are four findings that suggest gratitude might play a role in how we clean, sleep, and save money.
Adult happiness declines, while teen contentment grows The gap in life satisfaction between those two age groups has dwindled, disappearing in the last few years, a new study has found.
How to Prevent Your Anger From Spiraling Out of Control Anger fuels aggression, but it doesn’t always have to cause a flare-up. When properly managed, it can actually serve a productive purpose. Here are some practical tips to help you better manage your anger....
How to Hack your Triggers and Auto-Pilot Habits We All Have Triggers. You know how it goes when you get triggered. Something happens, and before you know it, you are hooked! Pulled into an auto-pilot repertoire of thinking … ...
How to Hack your Habits We All Have Triggers and Habits. You know how it goes when you get triggered. Something happens, and before you know it, you are hooked! Pulled into an auto-pilot repertoire … ...
Storytelling Will Save the World Captain’s log. Stardate January 2011. Where unfortunately many have gone before. I’m 26 years old and thinking about dying. Actually, I’m not being entirely truthful. I’m dangling halfway out the fourth floor window of my bedroom in New York City. I don’t really want to … ...
Things Passive People Say When passivity becomes our default way of responding and interacting and determines our general approach to life, it hurts us in ways we might not realize: Here's what to look for:
7 Things Only Narcissists Do Recognizing the signs of narcissism is the first step in effectively dealing with a narcissist.
Are You a Caregiver or a Scapegoat? Many of my clients have the tendency to assume excessive responsibility for others problems. They make frequent sacrifices in an attempt to help others overcome adversity. Some who are excessively … ...
This Subtle Dementia Symptom Sends Warning 9 Years Early Nine years before memory changes, this can signal problems. » Continue reading: This Subtle Dementia Symptom Sends Warning 9 Years Early
Why the Freelance Economy Is a Social Tragedy in the Making The Social Contract is dead. We're becoming a nation of freelancers. Corporate profits are very high and retirement prospects very low.
Today I Love The Drizzling Rain Today I love the drizzling rain that has covered everything with a shiny slick coat of moisture. The wet makes everything look rich and deep and mysterious. I love that … ...
Surprising Ways that Shame Shows Up Shame is an insidious emotion that can sabotage our lives, especially when we’re unaware of its presence. Shame is like the many-headed mythological hydra. As soon as we lop off one head, two more appear. We may be unaware of the shame we carry and what … ...
Thoughts Change Physiology Thoughts are electrochemical events, taking place within nerve cells, and these chemical changes inevitably invoke parallel chemical and hormonal changes throughout the body—Alastair Cunningham, PhD. Get a FREE Preview of … ...