Everyone feels sad once in a while, but the feeling usually passes within a couple of days. Depression is characterized by persistent sadness and lethargy that squelches the desire and drive to carry out ideas and activities. A person who's depressed seems to have lost all pleasure and interest ... Views: 25
There are popular feelings: joy, happiness, love and affection, to name a few. And then there are unpopular feelings: anger, sadness, grief, hurt, and fear, among others. Most of us tend to hide the unpopular feelings and, instead, only feel and show the popular ones.
If we want integrity and ... Views: 39
For a child, having anxiety is more common than many would think. Childhood fears begin early when small children may be afraid of the dark or feel afraid to be away from a parent. As they grow, fears of not fitting in or not being able to make friends is something that many children will worry ... Views: 44
By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
January 16, 2017
Has giving talks or presentations been scary for you? Discover why and what to do about it.
Michael, one of my clients, asked me for help in one of our phone sessions:
"I have to give a presentation to my boss and others on our staff on Friday. ... Views: 15
I recently did a meditation retreat (at Spirit Rock, wonderful place, including for workshops). One evening as we walked out of the hall after the last sit, I was feeling rattled and discombobulated. (One of the benefits of a retreat - though it can be uncomfortable - is that it ... Views: 20
Cancer. A word that no one wants to hear or say. A word which even in this modern time conjures up thoughts of death. The surgeries, the chemo, the radiation, at times, you wonder will it ever stop. And at times, you wonder, how much fight the both of you have. But, somehow, by the Grace of ... Views: 55
Like many people who’ve endured Narcissistic and emotional abuse, you probably didn’t realize what was happening to you until you reached a point of near insanity and began searching desperately for reasons why your fairytale romance took a grievous turn for the worse.
Further, the person you ... Views: 111
• On October 20, 1942, Fantappié presented his theory of syntropy to the Academia d’Italia in a paper called "The Uniﬁed Theory of the Physical and Biological World." See http://www.syntropy.org/.
• In 2015 Ulisse Di Corpo, physicist, and Antonella Vannini published “Syntropy: The ... Views: 34
I have struggled with depression my entire life. Before I even knew what mental illness was, back in a time when it was the gorilla in the room that nobody talked about, I knew something was different within myself. Off. Wrong. Unlike many people suffering from depression that can pinpoint a ... Views: 50
You have heard it before. Life is short, enjoy each day. Live every day like it is your last. Everything in life can change quickly. In a brief moment your life can be turned upside down. None of us know when we will die or when someone close to us will.
This is my story about the ... Views: 66
The drug addiction continuous to curse the entire world. It is a problem that is increasing excessively all over today. Drugs can do nothing, but restrain the addicted person to achieve any other thing life. People sometimes think that they can’t become addictive to them but the fact is, drugs ... Views: 59
Negativity Not Allowed - Determined Optimism
It seems like every conversation I have had with someone lately, they have brought up the terrible state of the economy. I’ve started off many conversations with my friends this week with the sentence, “No negativity allowed.” I refuse to accept ... Views: 47
Renee L Richardson, M.Ed.
Knowing the "Love" Within:
So many times, we find ourselves sitting on the wayside of love, extremely disappointed, hurt and totally exhausted; simply because we failed to receive the love of which we have given. Were our expectations too high? Did we ... Views: 95
You may be whatever you resolve to be.
Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something.
“I cannot” never accomplished anything; “I will do” has wrought wonders.
-George Gissing – English novelist and teacher
How many times have you broken your New Year’s ... Views: 59
Think of parenting on a pendulum. As it swings one way, a parents parenting style may be inadvertently ineffective. There may be multiple warnings; a meek tone of voice; too many options; too much praise; asking versus telling; bargaining; rewards greater than appropriate. In this scenario, the ... Views: 64
It just happened.
You discover an infidelity; a partner signals an intention to separate; someone has passed away; there’s been some kind of personal tragedy.
In the midst of anguish life feels totally out of control; is turned upside down; is overwhelming. Anguish, in the midst of a ... Views: 70
here is a Jewish word that doesn’t translate directly into English, but it informs my attitude to people who have undergone hardship and need help.
Translated, the word is a hybrid of several concepts, not standing alone on any one, but really the combination of all.
The concepts or words ... Views: 70
Gary, I heard another psychologist state that counseling is not beneficial for children under 12 because they see things so literally and are not able to consider the concepts and abstract. Would you agree? ( I think I paraphrased her correctly). I am curious about your thoughts on ... Views: 51
A parent called seeking counseling for their adult son. The young man had plenty of issues. The issues were long-standing.
I explained that given the parent called, I would begin by meeting with both parents first.
I advised that by meeting with the parents first, I could obtain a better ... Views: 75
Not all depressions are the same and getting it right matters.
Broadly speaking, depression can be divided into two types, exogenous and endogenous. This is not to say that any particular depression is necessarily one or the other. There can be factors of both at play and to different ... Views: 120
Do you practice safe technology? If you think you do, think twice. There is no such thing.
No matter what the privacy settings, whenever you use social media you are leaving a digital footprint of something. It can be as little as your location; who you are connected to; what you have just ... Views: 55
It almost doesn’t matter what triggered it. What matters is it is escalating out of control. Someone in your home is going ballistic. Someone is losing it and there is a risk of property damage and/or a physical altercation. It is already scary. Very scary.
These are situations not to be ... Views: 66
Each year I see many people addicted to alcohol. At times they come to the session smelling of booze while still denying drinking. They play the game, “if you didn’t see me do it, it didn’t happen” as if seeing is the only sense of detection and smelling doesn’t count.
I have long since ... Views: 53
When we talk about sexual abuse, we differentiate between intra-familial (from within the family) and extra-familial (from outside the family).
When from within, it teaches the target of abuse to not trust people who are closest to them. When from outside the family, it teaches the target of ... Views: 59
Counseling remains a viable strategy to cope with or change issues affecting one’s life. However, there are often many hurdles ahead of attending. Those hurdles are related to fears, misconceptions and even horror stories about counseling.
Fears include being labeled crazy or bad as well as ... Views: 66
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Can Good Marriages Have Unresolved Conflicts? - by Marcia Naomi Berger, LCSW, author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted (New World Library), is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California. She helps people create relationships that are fulfilling in all the important ways-emotionally and spiritually as well as physically and materially, whether they are already married or want to be. www.marriagemeetings.com
Even in the best marriages, not all conflicts get resolved. According to psychologist John Gottman’s research, 69 percent of problems in marriage do not get solved.
His good news is that in good marriages many perpetual issues that are not deal breakers can be managed. It's not the ... Views: 92
Living purposefully adds years – as well as higher quality – to your life. But how do we go about living purposefully?
First, let’s look at a couple of recent studies and what they say about purpose and longer life. In one study done in the UK, researchers found that people who believe their ... Views: 64
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Can Prayer Really Help Relationships? - by Marcia Naomi Berger, LCSW, author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted (New World Library), is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California. She helps people create relationships that are fulfilling in all the important ways-emotionally and spiritually as well as physically and materially, whether they are already married or want to be. www.marriagemeetings.com
Personally, I grew up with no encouragement to pray. I used to have a vague sense that prayer was for simple, naïve folks, that it was the “opiate for the masses.” So I do understand if you don’t relate to the concept.
But perhaps you do.
Most Americans Pray Daily.
According to a Pew ... Views: 106
Finding the best hypnotherapist can be tricky. There are many unaccredited programs that give people a ‘Certificate of Completion’ without adequate training.
Add to that the confusion about a Certificate of Completion’ and a ‘Certified Hypnosis Practitioner,’ it is daunting. Many hypnosis ... Views: 102
If you’re a new college student, you are exposed not only to a higher level of education, but a newfound freedom and independence. You will get the opportunity to meet various people and learn about different cultures due to the wide array of ethnic groups on many college campuses. However, ... Views: 37
The most feared issue that is spreading like a forest fire among the teens? The fact that they are getting succumbed to alcohol and drugs, Heroin, in particular, is something alarming to the parents. There are laws in our country which relates to avoidance of the subject but to be honest if you ... Views: 47
Many people who have suffered from addiction or have a loved one who does, will likely, one time or another, question whether drug and alcohol addiction are hereditary.
It’s an understandable concern for anyone interested in ending addiction. People want to know if their behavior, or that of ... Views: 51
Lately, I've been wondering what would be on my personal list of top five practices (all tied for first place). You might ask yourself the same question, knowing that you can cluster related practices under a single umbrella, your list may differ from mine, and your practices may change over ... Views: 43
When one’s life is not going as they would like it to go, they can do something about it or they can act like a victim. If they were to do something about it, it will naturally give them the chance to change their circumstances.
Yet, if they were to act like a victim, there is a strong ... Views: 76
If you are looking for kitchen cabinets in Calgary then there is a wide choice for you even if you like something that is DIY. There are three or four preassembled kitchens that you can choose which they have in stock besides other styles in cabinets which you can pick from. You can also have ... Views: 88
“Don't you love a farce?
My fault, I fear
I thought that you'd want what I want
sorry, my dear
But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns
Quick, send in the clowns
Happy New Year! As 2017 begins, I’ve ... Views: 300
When someone has therapy, it might not take very long until they begin to feel different. Now, the reason they are having therapy could just be to change how they feel, or there could be more to it.
If this is the only reason they are having it, it can cause them to believe that they are ... Views: 55
(Note: Bad Boys is a metaphor for toxic partners. Just flip the pronoun to female depending on your relationship).
Bad Boys are everywhere. The corporate office, the gym, your neighborhood, a charity gala or the backyard bbq. Before they end up in your heart and in your bed, it will be in ... Views: 111
I'm doing a series on my personal top five practices (all tied for first place), and have so far named three: meditate (including mindfulness, self-awareness, and, if you like, prayer), take in the good, and bless (including compassion, generosity, and love).
I saw one way to bless on a ... Views: 51
By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
January 03, 2017
Discover how loving yourself can not only lead to the manifestation of your dreams, it can also lead to manifesting kindness and caring on our planet.
"Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events." – ... Views: 110
It is that time of the year, when we all would b attending gatherings, social events, family invites and merry making. Maybe just another helping of that chocolate soufflé would be fine, or another bite of that juicy egg roll with cheese in it, but when the winter party moment fades away and ... Views: 88
HAPPINESS……WHAT IS THAT?
What is happiness? Happiness does not come from material things or from others, it is a state of mind, our attitude towards everyday life, it is the journey and not the destination.
No question money carries a significant role in someone happiness, however, I would ... Views: 80
In order for something to develop in the right way, it will need it to receive the right things. If this doesn’t take place, it might still grow but it is not going to grow in the same way as it would otherwise.
For example, if a tree was planted in the shade, it is not going to ... Views: 119
Recently, I overheard an adolescent tell her friend, “I was so depressed yesterday but I’m fine today.” Her friend replied, “Yeah, I understand; I get depressed sometimes, too.”
This conversation reflects the very common misuse of the term “depression.” Most individuals mistakenly refer to ... Views: 69
Just as we develop various behavioral habits, we institute certain thinking habits, as well. Some of our behavioral habits are healthy, like exercising regularly, and some are not, like consuming a bowl of ice cream before bed. By the same token, some of our thinking habits are positive and ... Views: 59
If one’s life is not as they want it to be, it could be said that it will be a good idea for them to look onto why they are experiencing life in this way. One may have only just started to experience life in this way, or it might have been this way for a little while.
When it comes to the ... Views: 66
If one has mental and emotional problems and/or their relationships are not going as they would like them to go, they can decide to see a therapist. At the same time, they could just as easily do nothing about what is going on going on for them.
It might be hard to understand why something ... Views: 73
It is often said that it is down to parents to give their children what they need so that they can handle the world. At times, this is something that takes place, and at other times, this is something that doesn’t take place.
As a result of this, one can look like an adult from the outside ... Views: 95
The Deep Attachment of Psychological Dependence with Prescription Drug Use
Prescription drug use is a public health epidemic in the U.S. with addiction and overdose rates at an all time high. At the heart of these issues is a powerful and double-pronged compulsion to use them—a dependency ... Views: 135
If one was in a position where they have just learned to drive, it doesn’t mean that they will know what car they want to buy. This can come down to the fact that there are so many car manufactures out there.
What they can do here is to ask their friends and family for their advice when it ... Views: 111