The Psych Central Report
Issue 8, September 2005
Looking in the Mirror
So many times Ive wished there was a magic mirror in which I could look and see the real Me with all my strengths and positive qualities; all the good things that others see that I cant see or wont see in me.
The first time I heard of mirroring was through my therapist. She was reading an online conversation I had printed out for her. The person the conversation took place with was a very wealthy, highly intelligent man who ran his own business that deals with futures. He traveled throughout the US doing seminars. He isnt only a successful businessman, he is a writer, a poet and his romantic imagination thrilled me to the core. Let me be clear here. Im not talking about sexual imagination. Im talking about pure romance and passion of everything pure and noble.
Letting Go of the Haunting Past
Many of us live with a past that constantly haunts us. The past sneaks up by way of memories, our 'automatic' reactions (the way we feel physically and/or emotionally) to certain triggers, and in a more troublesome form, by way of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).
Our response to our traumatic past hinders us from enjoying our lives to the fullest, and appreciating what we have NOW. It prevents us from doing what we might do had the 'past' not occurred. For example, a person who was in a car accident refuses to drive again. Our response to our past restrains us from being free. We are 'prisoners' of our past. We need to let go of the past, so that we can continue on with our lives.
A news update of some of the most important psychology, mental and behavioral health news items from around the 'Net in the past few weeks.
Back to School, Back on Schedule
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
There's a certain comfort taken from routine that one appreciates as one gets older. At this time of the year, that means students heading back to school or university, and for the rest of us, preparing for the cold months ahead. Students who are already back to school may find themselves initially overwhelmed by the amount of work that is piling up. Parents may find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of money they have to spend, or the increased pressures placed on their time and schedule.
But it doesn't have to be this way. You can successfully handle the increased pressures of school and all the things that it brings to both students and parents.
"Summertime and the living is easy" at the forums. Posting is usually slower during the summer months but certainly not any less interesting than other times of the year. Many members, including myself, have taken breaks from the forums for vacations. I'm glad however, to again be contributing to the newsletter and I have lots of things to talk about.
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