World of Psychology

Children and Teens

Podcast: Dating Violence in Young Adults

Teen dating isn’t always innocent puppy love. Some young people can get involved in emotionally abusive or even violent relationships. How common is this? What are some of the signs of teen dating violence and how can family and friends help?
In today’s show, counselor Joelle Shipp explains why young people can end up in these kinds of situations and how they can get out of them. She also shares the 3 components of healthy relationships.

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Motivation and Inspiration

Self-Care Sounds Simple, So Why Is It So Hard to Practice?

It is 5 am on a Saturday morning. My wife and two young children are resting peacefully. They are charging their batteries for a busy weekend filled with soccer practice, visiting the grandparents, diaper changes and everything else that comes with raising young children.

I could salvage a few extra hours of sleep, but the urge to get my day started is irresistible. My brain is a tyrant commanding me to work on my book or next op-ed. I obediently head to my office, turn on my laptop and start typing away. 

Pregnancy Empowerment in the Time of Covid Isolation

At a time of an unprecedented global pandemic, there is an increase anxiety in interfacing with any medical appointment. For some this means concerns in accessing medical care coming forward, fears of not being able to receive the treatment needed with hospitals over capacity. For others, it reflects a time of concern of contamination of getting COVID if one does not already have it. For a unique group, there is an intersection and special loneliness of accessing medical care in the time of pregnancy and delivery.

Learning to Pivot in 2020

Anyone who would consider this year to be roughly the same as usual must be living in a cave somewhere deep in the wilderness. Because for just about every person on earth, it’s been different from any other year in (almost) living memory. And it’s only August. Woof.

Podcast: My Husband Has Psychosis

What does psychosis feel like? What’s the difference between a delusion that demons exist and a religious belief of the same? In today’s show, Gabe and Lisa recall Gabe’s real-life psychotic episodes and discuss all the pain and stress surrounding psychosis.

Join us as Gabe shares how it felt when there were demons under his bed and when the window washers were watching his every move.

Grief and Loss

Rebuilding Life after Loss with Your Personal Venn Diagram

If someone you love very much has died, you may think your life is over. The psychological impact of loss is overwhelming, especially if the timing or surrounding circumstances were unexpected or traumatic. The mind reacts in astonishing ways while grieving. At some point, however, the realization comes: how can I go on?

Simple photographs that brought so much joy before everything changed might be painful reminders that force you to put them away for a while. The aftermath of a death impacts everyone around the person who died. Family members, friends, colleagues, even casual acquaintances may have differing grief experiences and coping skills. 

How to Talk Politics So Others Will Listen

When decisions and actions of a significant part of a community are experienced as dangerous, threatening, or unjust by others, that community (or family or nation) is forced to figure out what it stands for. That’s what is going on now in America. Our conversations about how to handle the pandemic and how to come to terms with our nation’s systemic racism are surfacing long-simmering disagreements and resentments about who we are. Social media is ensuring that those issues can’t be pushed back underground and ignored. In order for our nation to survive, we are challenged to find common ground.
Anxiety and Panic

Decision Fatigue: Why Does Less Feel Like So Much More?

During this pandemic people have found themselves at home either more of the time, or in some cases, almost exclusively. The calendar that was once filled with meetings and reminders, suddenly lacked all its luster. Those annoying dings that once sent us on to the next task, giving us nothing short of a Pavlov’s dog response, stopped suddenly. Previously, we wore the word "busy" as some sort of badge of honor, but now find ourselves feeling lost and even despondent. So how can it be that we’re exhausted at the end of the day? The calendar says that we’re doing less, yet our body, mind and spirit would beg to differ.