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The Pros and Cons of Hypnotherapy

Pros and Cons of Hypnotherapy Whether you are trying to stop smoking, lose weight or be more assertive at work, you may be considering hypnotherapy as a path to your long-term goals. The proponents of hypnotherapy make a lot of promises, and many people claim to have enjoyed great success after being hypnotized. As with any type of...
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PODCAST: Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?

In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss feelings of guilt surrounding a mental illness diagnosis.   Lots of us feel guilty about our diagnosis or our symptoms.  We feel badly for the effect it has on our loved ones, especially when they don’t sympathize.  Where does …
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How to Keep Fear from Stealing Your Life

“Fear is a sneaky thief, stealing away precious moments of your life.” – Elizabeth Lesser Everyone is afraid at some point. If we’re in touch with our inner selves, we know right away when that negative emotion starts clutching at our hearts. It’s a feeling of coldness, one that sneaks up
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OCD and Twins

photostock It is widely accepted that the causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder involve both genetic and environmental factors, and this theory has been supported by research. While OCD has been known to "run in families," this doesn't really tell us whether genes or environment plays a more prominent role in the...
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12-Steps For 15 Maladies

In the original 1938 Alcoholics Anonymous book*, 15 emotional/spiritual symptoms (referred to as maladies) of addiction are listed: being restless, irritable, and discontented having trouble with personal relationships not being able to control our emotional natures being prey to (or suffering from) misery and depression not being able to make a living (or a happy and...
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5 Teaching Tips to Encourage Active Learning

We all know students learned better when they have a chance to get actively involved in the learning process. After all, it’s not so hard to see that students are going to be more absorbed in the material when they’re learning through hands-on experience than when they’re passively sitting back
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Self-Compassion: A Life-Changing Skill

It’s a cliche to say that we’re out own worst critics. But if you read the AllPsych blog very much, you know that psychology researchers are in the business of showing that a lot of the old cliches go a lot deeper than we might think. Today’s exhibit is self-compassion.
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ADHD On The Move

A moving time of year ... Yes. I'm moving. I know I've mentioned it, so don't be pretending like I haven't told you. And while I'm moving I have some other things to do. I have three music gigs in front of me. There's the holiday celebrations, including parties. I'm still curling. I may...
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4 Strategies to Get Through the Holidays With Less Pain

It’s the time of year when every ad, every image, every song is about the joys of family, togetherness, and love—and it’s little wonder that those of us with unloving mothers and problematic families sometimes wish we could go to sleep the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and wake up on January 2nd. All of our unmet...
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Divorcing Well

Maybe there's no such thing as a truly good divorce, but there are better and worse ways to do it. There are ways that are more and less destructive for everyone involved. Here are some suggestions for divorcing as well as you can.
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Today I Love Finding Hope In Action

Vintage architecture Today I love finding hope in action and accomplishment. I love that even though the tasks ahead of me look daunting and nearly impossible, every time I do something and check it off my list I feel a bit better and more like I can do this. I love that...
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Five Reliable Ways to Cultivate More Mindfulness

How to Cultivate More Mindfulness Are you wondering how to get more mindfulness in your life? There's always a chance to start anew and create positive connections between you and your family, friends,  and coworkers. Are you asking yourself, "What is mindfulness?" According to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk, Zen master,poet, and peace activist: Mindfulness is the...
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