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Best of Our Blogs: September 11, 2015

Playing in leaves

What if the cause of your problems wasn’t due to lack of intense positive experiences, but your fear of fully enjoying them?

It may sound like a radical idea. But it’s something Colorado psychotherapist Bruce Tift believes and spoke about in his podcast with Sounds True:

“A lot of people see neurosis as something that happens to them or they inherited from their history. I prefer to think of neurosis as a practice that has to be maintained continually. I think that our basic agenda in our avoidance strategies is to stay out of too much aliveness—too much openness…But also, I think we organize our lives around avoiding too much sexual intensity, power, joy, open appreciation, uncertainty—things like that. It’s actually very, very intense to be fully present in our life…I think it’s true that we want aliveness and I think it’s true that we want safety and security. But, in a very primitive, unconscious way, I think most of us are probably going to go for safety and security if the aliveness gets to be too much.”

The next time you’re experiencing anxiety or a feeling of being stuck, ask yourself if you’re holding back out of fear from being fully present in your life.

10 Traits of Powerful People
(Power & Submission) – Want to be more powerful? Embrace your personal power by adopting these traits.

The Two Hour ADHD Vortex
(ADHD Man of DistrAction) – There’s a time suck that could explain why you’re consistently late. Kelly shares his experience with what he calls the “two hour vortex” that messed with his appointments before he even realized it existed.

Married For the Wrong Reasons
(Strength Over Adversity) – It takes courage to not only realize our mistakes, but to learn from them. In this post, Sarah’s personal experience with marrying for the wrong reasons provides all of us with hope that through awareness, we can change our story.

9 Signs of Traumatic Bonding: “Bonded to the abuser”
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – There are risk and protective factors that can sway an abuse victim from complex trauma to resilience. Discover what they are as well as signs someone you know may have bonded with their abuser.

Learning To Love Yourself
(Embracing Balance) – It takes work to believe in the positive things about ourselves. If you struggle with self-love, you’ll find inspiration in Nicole’s journey here.

Best of Our Blogs: September 11, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: September 11, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2020, from
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