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The Problem with Praising Kids TOO Much

The Problem with Praising Kids TOO Much

My Mom will be the first person to tell you: She praised me too much when I was growing up. While the Greatest Generation may’ve been too cold, too aloof,...
Does Anxiety Cause PTSD or Does PTSD Cause Anxiety?

Does Anxiety Cause PTSD or Does PTSD Cause Anxiety?

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” ― Susan Pease Banitt This question came up in conversation when I was speaking with someone who...
Why Spirituality is Good for Your Mental Health

Why Spirituality is Good for Your Mental Health

Spirituality, or being concerned about your connection to the human spirit and the light all around us, is beneficial and uplifting for our overall mental health and quality of life....
Today I Love Morning Sun Through Cedars

Today I Love Morning Sun Through Cedars

Today I love morning sun through cedars on a winter’s day when the air smells like winter might be pondering the softening of its grasp on the northern half of...
Narcissists and Abusers Use This to Target Empaths

Narcissists and Abusers Use This to Target Empaths

Projection is a defense mechanism commonly used by abusers, including people with narcissistic or borderline personality disorder and addicts. Basically, they say, “It’s not me, it’s you!” When we project,...

Not Always So Well-butrin

“Dr. N, I am not saying we should spike the football but I believe we are making progress!” I enthusiastically write. Dr. N, who is equal parts friend and mentor,...
Addressing Client Resistance

Addressing Client Resistance

Have you ever met those clients who are resistant to change?  Do you have clients that are non-compliant to your recommendations and never complete assigned homework? Or, do you find...
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What is Decision Fatigue?

What is Decision Fatigue?

After losing a large account over a missed detail in a report, Shaun began to take inventory of his work habits. It was an error that he would normally never...
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7 Habits of Existentially Vibrant Living

7 Habits of Existentially Vibrant Living

The following are the seven habits that, in my opinion, comprise the basis of existentially vibrant living: (1)   the habit of making one’s own meaning (instead of “looking for it”) (2)  ...
4 Strategies to Cope with the Pain of Rejection

4 Strategies to Cope with the Pain of Rejection

Rejection hurts. We’ve all experienced the pain of rejection – perhaps a job you didn’t get, being ghosted by a friend, or not being invited to a social event —...
Conflicts–Is Fighting Dirty Okay?

Conflicts–Is Fighting Dirty Okay?

C.R. writes: In Do We Attract Conflict and Intolerance we got a few comments and one angry email. Baseball 55 wrote: I know a woman who always complains about this ***  she...
Hurry, Hard!

Hurry, Hard!

Do you curl? Not likely. The number of people who curl make up a minuscule percentage of the population. Let me describe it to you. You take turns throwing rocks...
Bipolar Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease

Bipolar Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease

I worry that living so long with bipolar disorder and its treatment may result in a neurological crisis. Turns out I have it backwards. The impact of repeated episodes of...