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Some people are naturally drawn to high-risk behaviors. This may involve taking drugs or alcohol, engaging in promiscuous sex, gambling or getting into physical altercations. There are many different ways this tendency can manifest, but all can be dangerous. In some cases, such actions can have ... Views: 25
Medical supervision is critical when detoxing. The cessation of drugs is just not possible alone. Detoxification centers provide a safe environment to go through the treatment. Having medical professionals present will lessen the chance of relapse significantly. Setting up an appointment with ... Views: 30
Those of us who need to look good for the approval of others gauge how we’re doing by comparing ourselves to others. We compare ourselves to our friends, family members, peers, colleagues, coworkers, and to perfect strangers. And before we know it comparison to others becomes our constant ... Views: 32
When you expect to get the love you didn’t get as a child from your partner, you are stuck in the pattern of hope and struggle that you cannot win. This is a pattern that is created in childhood that seeps into our relationships (as most patterns do). The pattern comes about because the love we ... Views: 75
Losing a spouse at an older age is extremely difficult. The grief involved and the feeling of being alone can creep in, causing the widower to feel at a loss for life. If you have a parent or know somebody who just recently became a widower, you really need to help them grieve with these five ... Views: 66
Train Your Brain to be Mindful of...
What are you mindful of?
Want to find mindfulness but not sure what to be mindful of?
Being mindful or practicing mindfulness seems to be a new catch-all word. You hear everyone from your doctor to Oprah talk about the need to be more mindful of... ... Views: 84
Not everyone needs a dramatic experience or to travel to exotic places to begin a process of self-reflection. Personal growth is accessible to anyone who is willing to embrace his or her sense of curiosity and engage in self-discovery. In this book, Fruit Basket, I share the ... Views: 77
Life to me is about living fully, all out. It is about moving one day at a time, one action at a time toward my dreams. It is about being happy, healthy, and comfortable in my body, cultivating freedom in my day and my life. It is about a life of service to others and using my gifts. It was ... Views: 94
In a world where encounters with sources of aggression and violence, trauma and grief are all too common, understanding the dynamics of “critical incidents/hazardous events” – both for adults and/or children directly impacted and for those encountering second-hand effects – is vital. This ... Views: 94
In light of events fifteen miles away (Baltimore) to 10,000 miles from my doorstop (Nepal), this essay titled, "Individual and Collective Crisis/Trauma Intervention and Debriefing: Ten Steps & Strategies," clearly has immediate relevance and application. Actually, the impetus for the article ... Views: 83
A "run in" with the law for the average person usually means a traffic stop resulting in a DUI, a possession arrest or some kind of domestic dispute that escalates into more than just a shouting match. There are five things to remember when facing potential criminal charges.
Keep Your Mouth ... Views: 99
Stress in America™ survey finds parents, younger generations and lower-income households have higher stress than others overall and this includes many Healing Artists. In every self-care book we have read, the importance of self-care to your business is highlighted. We believe it is because as a ... Views: 200
HEALING OUR EMOTIONAL PAIN AND RELATIONSHIP PAIN
DR. BARRY HAMMER
An important key to emotional self-healing is to fully embrace our emotional pain and relationship pain with an open, nonjudgmental, nonpartisan, compassionate, warmly loving heart. That warmhearted, compassionate, ... Views: 172
The past couple of months have been doozies for me.
You know those times when the first technical challenge happens and you try to laugh it off and chock it up to “life”? For instance, when your PC crashes for the third time that year and you scold yourself for expecting it not to do that ... Views: 261
Music is KEY to Good Health after Crisis
As a native of the South, I wanted to make a contribution to the field of Psychology through my research on the Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Louisiana. Another reason, was I wanted to identify if individuals who experienced crisis became ... Views: 142
Meditation Transformation – What’s Stopping You?
If you could change your brain for the better, would you? If you could increase your working memory and enhance your decision-making ability by meditating, would you give it a try?
What if you could also: Slow down the natural decline of your ... Views: 148
Here are two universal truths about self-esteem:
Building your self-esteem is essential for confidence and success, and it all begins with you.
People with a healthy self-esteem are able to define their worth, value and achievements.
Many people suffer from low self-esteem. This is ... Views: 150
II dislike using the word cure when it comes to Tinnitus. I think it’s misleading and somewhat cruel. Cure tends to conjure up an image of a magic pill or an elixir where one day you have Tinnitus, the next day just like magic, it has vanished. As you probably already know, there are literally ... Views: 196
Look at us all bustling and moving about. So much craziness that seems random. Although, I do not believe that it is random.
I do, however, believe that in the craziness there is a clear point, as if to say the eye of the storm. One point that is not moving, that is still. If you stand in that ... Views: 178
Conventional belief is that we can never love too much, but that isn’t always true. Sometimes, love can blind us so that we deny painful truths. We might believe broken promises and continue to excuse someone’s abuse or rejection. We may empathize with them but not enough with ourselves. If we ... Views: 213
Teenage years are full of shocks and mood swings, and it is likely that much of this is a natural process, caused by the troubled learning curve of adolescence. Half way between childhood and adulthood, a teenager can feel like there is no where in the world where they can fit in.
A ... Views: 144
How many times has this happened to you?
You feel as if your world could collapse any minute.
There’s mounting stress from home, work, and family.
Maybe your behind on bills and can’t switch jobs due to the economy.
Maybe you’re upside down on your mortgage and have mounting bills ... Views: 145
We human beings are social creatures who are high wired for connection with other human beings. Connection with what is alive, in other words what is real, true and genuine in others with that what is real, true and genuine in us is one of our deepest basic needs and it is universal which means ... Views: 150
We human beings are social creatures who are high wired for connection with other human beings. Connection with what is alive, in other words what is real, true and genuine in others with that what is real, true and genuine in us is one of our deepest basic needs and it is universal which means ... Views: 159
When one is experiencing some kind of challenge, and this could be an inner challenge and/ or an outer challenge, it could cause them to reach out for support. This may mean that they go and buy a book or they might even go on a course.
Another approach would be for them to find a coach, ... Views: 279
To be honest, there are no clear cut signs when it comes to having self-sabotaging behavior. Although a lot has been said about the most common indicators of this particular behavior, it will still vary from one person to another.
However, if we talk about the disadvantages of having this ... Views: 256
Here at Coaching for ADHD I love getting emails from you! Especially when you ask questions and want more understanding or clarification about something ADHD related.
Recently I received an email from a father asking a question about his son’s behavior. He wanted to know if it was “normal” ... Views: 402
Oregon's present state of health has been checked as poor in recent days. The Oregon Health Authority: Addictions and Mental Health Division has come under fire. It was concluded that Oregon has an abysmal track record for people completing their addiction treatment programs, and was only ... Views: 195
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Season of giving - by Gordana Stankovic, Living Peacefully - Humanistic Counselling & Life Coaching
In last a few days I've thought a lot about this phrase ''season of giving.'' We often refer to this time of year around Christmas and New Year as the season of giving. And while so much meaning is contained in the word giving we often reduce it to mean exchange of presents. Of course nothing is ... Views: 186
Several years ago, during the process of dealing with yet another painful situation she was going through, a friend of mine experienced a deep connection with her own feelings and needs. I like to refer to this as a connection with her core self. In that moment of clarity she exclaimed ''bloody ... Views: 172
Paul Newman’s “The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” Vision Expands - by James Mapes
More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision of possibility with no idea how to make it a reality. As all great visions begin, he started with a “What if…” question. What if children with ... Views: 426
Sometimes when we are little and things go wrong, we think we have to take charge and fix things. We feel it’s up to us to make it better. We think we have to be the big one and we’ll show the adults how to do it. Or we feel like no one else is seeing what a mess things are, or how unsafe things ... Views: 284
Dealing with a mentally ill child can be a frustrating and heart breaking experience. Parents who witness sudden changes in grades, friends, and behaviors in their children may not know how to respond or where to turn for help. There are a few basic criteria that parents can implement to ... Views: 192
Who hasn’t heard the phrase, “You’re comparing apples and oranges?” What exactly does that mean? Essentially, it means that comparing those two fruits is useless because they are so different. Yes, apples and oranges are both fruits, but that’s where the similarity ends. They look and taste very ... Views: 190
The holiday season steriotypically has always been portrayed as a time of fun, joy and warmth with family, friends and colleagues. But it can also be a time of pain and high expectations. And the inevitable disappointments that follow those expectations are often to blame for holiday stress, ... Views: 234
This article discusses effective and ineffective ways of gaining personal power and how that search impacts those around us. Note: I suggest you read “The Victim Tyrant Cycle” as it includes important concepts used in this article ... Views: 228
Only 16% of all murder victims are members of the defendant’s family?
That’s according to the PDF file that pops open (or opens in your browser) when you click this link – and you must have the free Adobe Acrobat reader to see it. (Fortunately, it is included with most computers ... Views: 252
At the age of 34 Rory had achieved everything he had set out to do when he decided to prove to his father that he wasn’t a waster. He had an exciting six figure salary job as a buyer of exotic furnishings for a global interior design company. Together with a large upscale home, a beautiful and ... Views: 277
Stress is an unavoidable side effect of life. There will always be events that force you to undergo a large amount of physical and emotional stress, which makes knowing how to handle those situations key to keeping yourself sane. Below is a list of the six most stressful situations that most ... Views: 328
By Sam Vaknin
Author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited"
The narcissist can get better, but rarely does he get well ("heal"). The reason is the narcissist's enormous life-long, irreplaceable and indispensable emotional investment in his disorder. It serves two critical functions, ... Views: 349
Freedom is healthy.
I have always believed this, and still do. My perspective comes from many places — my upbringing, when I was bombarded since an early age by my Russian-immigrant grandmother how wonderful it is to be in the United States, where we are free, unlike the oppressed and ... Views: 227
I love being a ”shrink-lady.” (okay, a “psychiatrist.”)
I did not pick it out of a hat. I tried a couple of other medical specialties. The “doctor” part — well, there was never any doubt about that part, really. I mean the idea of taking care of other folks came into my head pretty early ... Views: 207
We being a human always search for easy fixes, short cuts, and quick ways to fulfill our desires, wishes, and needs. We want to be happy as early as possible. We are quite impatient and inconsistent in achieving our goals and become successful. It is our nature and we fight with our nature to ... Views: 302
Incredible as it sounds, I still am amazed at how often I hear people say “I don’t believe in ADHD.” You probably have heard it too. And if you are like me, the moment those words come out of their mouth, every hair raises on the back of your neck, the fire starts to churn in the pit of your ... Views: 523
Colour and light are powerful sources of energy that affects our mental and physical health also. They can reveal a lot about our personality while helping tonifing ourselves by filling our energy losses that we suffer daily cause of anxiety, stress, fatigue and other ... Views: 255
Over the last decade of working in the field of Psychotherapy and Coaching, I've met many clients who had a rather negative experience or no results at all as they worked with some of my colleagues. The situation is not limited to certain countries or branches of Psychology.
As a solution to ... Views: 395
Depression and anxiety are, by far, the most common mental health problems. Nearly 20 percent of the US population struggles with or will struggle with one or both of these problems.
The most common treatment today for these issues is medication—typically prescribed by the primary care ... Views: 369
Mental problems are difficult to diagnose and treat. However, there are some steps that you can take to help a family member manage such conditions.
A person suffering from any form of mental condition should see a certified psychiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis. ... Views: 259
I remember a supervisor from the past whom I never thought had the right personality to be a psychiatrist. I mean, he was a little angry and domineering for my taste. But heck — I gave him a “bye” since he worked in a prison context.
I was never attacked by a prison patient through my ... Views: 321
Life can feel like a perpetual classroom. You’re constantly learning. Sometimes you make mistakes and other times you get a gold star for your achievements. Once in a while, a particular lesson alludes you, no matter how many times you experience it. When frustrations build, you might consider ... Views: 309