“Most people are manipulated by the approval of others, the paycheck that supports them, and the lifestyle that has handcuffed them to the brass ring of perceived success. On this path we eventually live like slaves to a man-made system. We chase the goals of others instead of pursuing our own dreams. We anesthetize our despair with the next purchase, pill, or plunder.” – T. D. Jakes from Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

What do you want more than anything?

I could guess that the thing you truly desire has little to do with material things. If you dig in deep, it probably has everything to do with love. Love for yourself. Love for a creative endeavor. Love for those you care about.

Oftentimes those dreams are so hidden, buried beneath years of repression of expression from feeling unworthy, untalented, or afraid, that we’re not even conscious that they exist.

What you’ll see instead are symptoms that manifest from neglected instincts, desires and passions-a difficult child, addiction to drama and conflict, a meaningless life, and overall life dissatisfaction. If that sounds like you, this week’s post will push you towards the life of your dreams.

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5 Attachment-Based Activities to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships
(Reflections from a Children’s Therapist) – How do you deal with a child who is whiny, needy, aggressive and/or has trouble managing their emotions? Try out these attachment enhancing activities to have fun and bond with your child.

Some People Love Conflict and Drama
(Psychology of Women) – Do you get off on drama? If you’re a reality TV fan, then you know you’re not alone. But what do you gain from bad behavior? The answer may surprise you.

The One Thing That Is Holding You Back, And One Thing You Should Do Each Day
(Your Best Self) – What prevents you from living the life you want isn’t luck, your loved ones or your circumstances. In this motivating post, Joe shares his secret to true life transformation.

The Risks of Distracted Living
(Going on the Ride of Your Life) – What are you doing right now? If you’re reading this while checking your phone, talking to your kids and/or working, according to this, your inattention and focus could lead to poor performance, and loss of meaning and purpose in your life.

How Your Therapy Skills Can Help Build Your Online Presence (Part 1)
(Private Practice Toolbox) – Part of owning a thriving private practice is knowing how to utilize social media. The good news is that you can build a strong online presence by doing what you’re already doing as a therapist. Julie explains how here.