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How a Simple Phrase Can Strengthen Resolve

 

A well-said phrase can remind us how we’re not alone in our struggles — and, perhaps, more importantly, can also inspire us to push onward. Examples range from ancient Greek...

Building a Therapeutic Alliance with a Dreamer: Trials and Tribulations of an Undocumented Immigrant

 

This is not a love story. This is a story that talks about sensitivity, vulnerability and understanding of being with someone who is or was once undocumented. The life of...

How to Help a Family Member with an Addiction

 

It is difficult dealing with a family member who is struggling with an addiction. It takes intentional listening, meaningful communication, avenues for change, and self-care to persevere. Here are a...

Podcast: Motherhood and The Dragon of Self-Doubt

 

Are you a mom struggling with loads of self-doubt? Just know you’re not alone. Today’s guest, Katherine Wintsch, author and researcher of modern motherhood, discusses the “dragon of self-doubt” that...

The Purposeful Parenting Mindset

 

July is National Purposeful Parenting month. Purposeful Parenting is a movement that has gained popularity over the last decade. It is based on the belief that when the parental role...

You Can Find Peace in Difficult Times

 

At certain times, it might seem impossible to find a few moments of peace in your life. If you have a lot of responsibilities or worries, you may feel caught...

Models of Social Interaction Do Not Reflect Current Social Life 

 

Are you secretly dreading the day when social distancing is just a vague memory? When you once again have to physically interact with other people, whether you like them or...

Podcast: Studying “Resting B**ch Face”

 

  What is resting b**ch face? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss the resting b**ch face concept and why it’s even a thing. Lisa shares how she’s...

Personal Boundaries and Building Self Love

 

Personal boundaries can feel vague or confusing for many. Boundaries are a concept that should be tied into establishing a firm sense of right and wrong regarding your comfort zone,...

Why Deep Breathing Helps Calm Anxiety

 

As someone whose friends and family know I’ve endured a number of heartbreaking challenges and physical and emotional difficulties, I’m often asked how I cope with anxiety. They see my...

Are You Able to Receive or Are You Just Taking?

 

In a recent talk I gave on the art of receiving, the psychologist who organized the event offered an interesting comment. Dr. Allen Berger is a psychologist, author, and leading...

Tame Your Guilt Monster with These Coping Strategies

 

Do you have your own personal Guilt Monster (GM)? You know the type. Maybe your GM is an innocuous fellow. He might hide out in a small corner of your...

5 Reasons Your Definition of Love Sets You Up for Failure

 

Unlucky in love? Your definition of love is probably the reason. Universally, there are only two things every person wants: Love and money. Of the two, money is so much...

Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2020

 

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at new research on “mommy brain,” how ultrasounds might be the next big non-invasive research tool and treatment option for brain...

Addressing the Reality of Domestic Violence Against Men

 

It happens more than you think. COVID-19 has raised the awareness of many issues that have not been brought to the forefront in the past. One of them is domestic...

Building a Therapeutic Alliance with a Dreamer: Trials and Tribulations of an Undocumented Immigrant

 

This is not a love story. This is a story that talks about sensitivity, vulnerability and understanding of being with someone who is or was once undocumented. The life of...

How to Help a Family Member with an Addiction

 

It is difficult dealing with a family member who is struggling with an addiction. It takes intentional listening, meaningful communication, avenues for change, and self-care to persevere. Here are a...

You Can Find Peace in Difficult Times

 

At certain times, it might seem impossible to find a few moments of peace in your life. If you have a lot of responsibilities or worries, you may feel caught...

Why Deep Breathing Helps Calm Anxiety

 

As someone whose friends and family know I’ve endured a number of heartbreaking challenges and physical and emotional difficulties, I’m often asked how I cope with anxiety. They see my...

Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: What’s the Connection?

 

What is the connection between sexual abuse and developing an eating disorder? Why does bingeing, purging, starving and chronic dieting become a “solution” for the abuse? Abuse shatters the sacred...

Learning to Embrace Uncertainty

 

Uncertainty is the reigning emotion during critical times. The response to our feelings may depend on our physical, emotional, and mental health circumstances. The turmoil in the world can surely...

I Think I’m Calm, So Why Do I Feel Anxious?

 

One of the most confusing feelings is when you feel both calm and anxious at the same time. It can seem like a constant battle in your mind. One-minute life...

COVID-19 and Responsibility OCD

 

A few months ago, our world turned upside down. Suddenly we faced “a new normal” — we started fearing everyday germs that we’ve never worried about before. Suddenly we were...

The Sweet Psychology of Indulging During a Pandemic

 

The pandemic has ushered in an era of relentless challenges, from everyday inconveniences to unimaginable pain and hardship. But not for the processed food industry. The titans of that sector...

A Visualization Meditation for Inner Peace

 

I feel very grateful to have found a portal I can use to experience a compelling sense of inner peace. I want to share it with you in the hopes...

The Unique Benefits of Teletherapy

 

Teletherapy is seen as an inferior alternative to in-person therapy. But while it has some drawbacks, online therapy has plenty of pluses, too. First the drawbacks: Some clients miss their...

How Could I Have Done What I Did? (And How to Get Out of This Mess)

 

Suspended? Arrested? Caught cheating? Woke up in the Emergency Room after a super-binge? “How did I get here?” you ask. Not just, “How did I end up in the Emergency...

Podcast: Should I Date Someone With Bipolar Disorder?

 

  Can a relationship work when one person has severe mental illness? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss dating with bipolar disorder. They share their own story...

How to Make the Most of Online Therapy

 

The pandemic has highlighted an important fact about teletherapy: It’s a highly effective, invaluable alternative to in-person sessions. Even as states reopen and therapists return to their offices, many clients...

Living in the Now while Dealing with Distress

 

As a chronic worrier, ongoing anxiety warrior, and general wary-of-what’s-going-to-happen-next kind of person, I know how healing it can be to practice the art of living in the present. As...

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