The Psych Central Report: April 2005

Issue 5, April 2005

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Resilience: The Definition
By SS8282
Every so often, we hear stories about people (adults or children) who have been through a horrible trauma or a tremendous hardship, and are 'scarred for life'. At the other end of the spectrum, we also hear stories of people who have experienced a similar ordeal, and yet, managed to survive with what seems like very little psychological effects. They are able to live life without showing much signs of having been through a trauma.

So, here we are - two very different outcomes when people have endured a crisis. How do you explain this, especially the second group of people? What is it about them that enable them to 'bounce back' - to be so resilient? Before answering these questions, we need to understand what the term 'resilience' really means.

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, or Does It? The Challenge of Long Distance Relationships
By Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.
More and more young couples are struggling with launching two separate careers at the same time that they are launching a relationship or a marriage together. Having spent endless hours with each other in college, grad school or during a first job, they feel ready to commit to each other. Having focused time and intent on a career-in-the-making, they feel equally committed to their vocations. Often enough, the first rung of the ladder at their respective careers is in different cities. So - being Generation Y'ers - modern, forward thinking, and ambitious - they decide that a few years of distance won't hurt. After all, they are meant for each other. They are meant for their jobs. And they are meant to have both. Read more...

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News Update
A news update of some of the most important psychology, mental and behavioral health news items from around the 'Net in the past few weeks.

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What's New on Psych Central
A listing of updated or new resources added to Psych Central during the month of March 2005.
   Trust and Disappointment in Psychotherapy
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
It is not easy to trust one's therapist at the onset. You are both strangers to one another, thrown together by a situation which is artificial at best, uncomfortable at worst. You're paying a professional for their experience and expertise to help you at a difficult time in your life. Trust does not always come easily in such a situation. And once trusted, how do you ever live up to your therapist's expectations? After all, you can't disappoint this professional, now that you've learned to trust them. This article examines these two common and interlinked issues in psychotherapy.

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Community Community Update
By Ozzie
Spring is officially here even if the cold winter weather hasn't left all of us yet. Doc John has made more changes to the forums at to accompany the change of seasons. We now have a Self Esteem forum as well as a new feature called Ask the Therapist. We also have two new moderators, Grand Member, _zh and Poohbah, silver_queen.

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Last updated: 29 Jan 2019
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Jan 2019
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