Three Good Things on Parole

When I am giving maintenance programs to violent offenders on parole, at the start of every session, I give them at least five minutes each to talk about their week: the highs, the lows, how they dealt with their emotions, etc. In every group, there seems to be at least one person that uses up his time to complain about the system and every other little obstacle he has encountered since the last session.
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Two Essential Factors for Effective Communication

Couples often enter my office complaining about a communication problem. Oftentimes, this is true. But there are two more fundamental issues that are often hidden. When uncovered, it can help move relationships from an impasse to deeper intimacy.

The Mindfulness Factor

We can communicate only to the extent to which we’re aware of what we’re experiencing inside. It takes a hefty dose of mindfulness to notice what we’re actually experiencing.

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Brain and Behavior

Psychology Around the Net: February 25, 2017

How's your Saturday going, sweet readers?

Swimmingly, I hope!

Whether you're waking up with a cup of coffee (or tea), taking a break from the weekend, or just winding down, take some time to check out this week's latest mental health news. We've got everything from how wandering minds affect our mental well-being to figuring out when self-help programs are actually helpful to the research that shows cats aren't causing psychotic symptoms.

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How Travel Can Benefit Our Mental Health

Ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Taking a vacation and having a change of scenery, even if it is just a couple of hours down the road, can work wonders, and it has been scientifically proven that travel provides a number of benefits to your mental health. Just one trip away could help change your outlook on life for the better -- here are a few reasons why it may be worth packing your suitcase.
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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: February 24, 2017

I'm taking Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: A Wholehearted Revolution. I wish we all grew up with parents who had the foresight and resources to parent the way she teaches in the online course.

In the first exercise, she asks us to create a, "You always have permission to..." painting.

If you could recreate your own childhood, what would you add to that list?

In your current family, would you include "make mistakes, express your feelings, and be yourself?"

What would your life be like if you grew up in a household that included all the components you needed to make you feel safe, loved and accepted?

What could your home be like if you held to these rules?

While we cannot go back in the past to redo our childhood, we have the power to control our own families.

Now imagine applying this new way of thinking to your current relationships including the one you have with yourself. Can you create a permission list for your own life? Would it include the permission to forgive yourself, grieve and let go of relationships that are not serving you?

Ponder your own self-permission as you read our top posts this week.
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What if Donald Trump Was Only an Algorithm?

What if Donald Trump existed only as an algorithm? Imagine if his entire campaign, presidency, and life all stemmed from a systematic approach to gain an identity other than the algorithm. It would be absurd. The very pattern of all his actions would be governed by the system he subconsciously wishes to overcome. By following his formula, Trump would cement the identity of a machine rather than a human.
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PODCAST: Understanding Depression – What It Is and What It Isn’t

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss depression and why so many people don’t understand this insidious disease. They speak of their own versions of depression (bipolar depression and persistent depressive disorder) and why terminology matters. Despite hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffering from depression, the average person still thinks of depression as nothing more than “sadness.” Listen and find out why this is exceedingly inadequate to explain depression.

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