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Once an Addict, Always an Addict?
By Kristin Bach in World of Psychology
This is a saying I’ve always grappled with. One part of me is against any type of labeling, let alone a heavy label to be carried for the rest of your life. We are all so interchangeably dynamic, that to categorize someone into a box forever doesn’t sit well.  Another part...
6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Fear Starts Peeking Around the Corner
By Eve Hogan in World of Psychology
Most of us have a “fight or flight” response to fear. We either get reactive about a perceived potential threat, or we want to retreat as far away from the potential danger as we can. The challenge is that fear is usually over a situation that isn’t actually happening at...
Dealing with Insults: Don’t Take Anything Personally
By Therese J. Borchard in World of Psychology
My friend is waiting for a table at a local restaurant. She is one of those table stalkers, who intuitively knows who is getting up when. She’s been hovering over a certain table for a good half hour. She is most certain the table is hers until some guy comes...
Celebrities are Humans Too
By Laura Bzowy in Celebrity Psychings
Robots are perfect, humans not so muchRobots are perfect, humans not so much I have been spending the afternoon glancing at celebrity gossip sites, and reading the many comments those kinds of sites bring. And I have to ask, have we forgotten that celebrities are human too? As members of the human race, we are...
6 Strategies to Take Control of Your Attitude and Stay Positive
By Joe Wilner in Your Best Self
RandR attitude “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” - Zig Ziglar You may have heard the saying that “attitude is everything.” Whether you want to go that far or not, attitude is pretty damn important. I really doubt you’ll find a happy and successful person out there with a poor attitude. This is because attitude is directly related...
No ADHD Excuses … Well, Maybe Just One
By Kelly Babcock in ADHD Man of Distraction
Thinking up excuses ...Thinking up excuses … To those of you who noticed that I missed publishing my blog on Friday, I have a good excuse. I have ADHD. No, I’m not going to tell you that I forgot, I’ve got a better imagination than that. I’m going to tell you a wee bit of...
The Pros and Cons of Psychotropic Medications
By epower in Trauma Informed Systems
Image: Flickr/Sam_Catch cc licenseImage: Flickr/Sam_Catch cc license Many people think I am anti-medication.  In some ways, I am—and in many others, absolutely not. It’s a tricky balance – one that takes into account wanting to feel better quickly, but one that also takes into account the risk and cost of medications and even the risk that...
Security Online:
Do You Have to Be a Married Parent to Qualify?

By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D in Single at Heart
As we all do more and more of our banking and shopping and business online, a particular kind of question is becoming ubiquitous – the security question. These are questions presumably written so as to be relevant to the vast majority of the people who will be answering them. That makes them particularly interesting windows into the assumptions that are...
Standing Up for Yourself
By Holly Brown, LMFT in Bonding Time
It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if your parents never modeled it for you or if you’re in relationships where you tend to feel devalued.  But assertiveness is a skill you can learn, no matter how old you are.  Here’s how to start. 1)  Recognize that being silent isn’t helping you, or your relationships. Many people have...
Depression vs Feeling Sorry for Yourself
By Elaina J. Martin in Being Beautifully Bipolar
I got some comments regarding me last blog post, “Stop feeling sorry for yourself!” Some people found what I had to say offensive. I didn’t mean to offend though was not surprised by the reaction that came my way. I understand where you are coming from, but depression and feeling sorry for yourself are two different things. Feeling sorry for...
The Power of Online Presence: Mari A. Lee, LMFT Overcame ‘Technophobia’ to Become Best-Selling Author
By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice Toolbox
Discover how some very successful mental health professionals use blogging, social media, and other technologies as powerful tools for their therapy practices.   I’ve discussed in great length ways that my online presence has benefited my private practice. But don’t just take my word for it.  Many therapists have utilized the power...
You are Living a Great Life – YOURS
By Shannon Cutts in Mentoring and Recovery
-Image courtesy of courtesy of Everywhere, all around us, people are fighting. They are surviving the un-survivable. They are choosing to find that one tiny ray of hope in the hopeless. They are creating a path to make the un-workable work. They are...
5 Myths about Healthcare Data Privacy from an Addiction Center CEO
By Richard Taite in The Science of Addiction
Privacy.2It happened to Target and recently we learned it happened to UPS stores, too. It went on for a year at the Montana Health Department and it happened to millions of customers of Kaiser Permanente Northern California. It’s the theft of customer or patient data, and it can take place in many ways – a laptop...
Zoo of Consciousness
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
I reject zoos. If I didn’t have a child young enough to still see zoos as entertainment rather than incarceration (conservation rationalizations aside), I’d never go to a zoo. But as it stands, I even have a yearly membership. Wittgenstein wrote: “Consciousness in the face of another.  Look into someone else’s face and see the consciousness in it, and also...
Can a Narcissist Change?
By Holly Brown, LMFT in Bonding Time
Many of us are involved with narcissists (people who have difficulty empathizing with others, and behave accordingly, often manipulatively.)  The narcissist may be your parent, your significant other, even your child.  In order to decide what your options are in this relationship, you’re wondering: Can a narcissist change? I’m a therapist because I believe in the human capacity...
Are We Becoming Psychologically Overly Sensitive
By Jake & Hannah Eagle in Healthy Romantic Relationships
Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 8.25.26 PMI concern myself that we have become, or are becoming, psychologically overly sensitive. I suppose it’s not true of everyone, but I suspect it’s true for many people reading blogs like this one on Psychcentral. I know there is great value in developing self-awareness, but when does it become excessive? When does self-awareness turn into...
Help Kids Learn Anger Management Skills
By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW in Reflections from a Children's Therapist
In this video, Amy Wickstrom demonstrates an activity that can be used to help children manage their feelings of anger. The activity, “Angry Toilet Paper Toss”, is a fun activity that allows children an opportunity to relieve the negative energy from stress and frustration that may be experienced from typical life events or even...
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH in After Trauma
1387245111_cf42ed3372_zChristopher MacDougall says “Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.”   This actually isn’t true. Gazelles are herd animals. Any given gazelle in the herd doesn’t have to be faster than any lion—it just has to be faster than the slowest antelope. Comparing ourselves...
How to Untwist Twisted Thinking Patterns
By Cherilynn Veland, LCSW, MSW in Psychology of Women
channelstressChannel stress in healthy ways. People think that all stress is external. You or someone you know may be walking in these shoes: a single parent with two out-of-control teenagers; facing upheaval at work or job loss; raising children with autism or a disability; or caring for an elderly parent or...
Vedic Psychology 101
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
Lotus effect picYou are not this body. That is the Vedic Psychology 101. When you get this, much changes. Almost too much. Here’s Swami Bhaktipada on this point and then a word or two from yours truly: “I am this body.” This is the greatest mistake of all, the mistake underlying all other mistakes. We are not these bodies....
Research Reveals Body Image Key to Weight Loss
By Mike Bundrant in NLP Discoveries
Yes Word on Scale Lighter Weight LossWith 25% of the adult population of England and 33% of Americans tipping the scales of obesity, researchers are now investigating the psychology of weight loss success and body image. They want to determine what makes the difference between success and failure, from a scientific point of view. The Technical University of Lisbon along...
The Power of Online Presence:
Mari A. Lee, LMFT Overcame ‘Technophobia’ to Become Best-Selling Author

By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice
power of online Discover how some very successful mental health professionals use blogging, social media, and other technologies as powerful tools for their therapy practices.   I’ve discussed in great length ways that my online presence has benefited my private practice. But don’t just take my word for it.  Many therapists have utilized the power of social media and blogging to...
The Monkey Business of Being Human
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
CollectionImageHiResFor years I’ve been thinking of myself as just another modern-day ape. This line of thought – that we are nothing more and nothing less than monkeys – is powerfully humanizing. Here’s what Mahesh Bhatt had to say about one of the most dangerous minds of the 20th century, U.G. Krishnamurti, in “Mind is a Myth.” UG, sitting bewildered...
Instead of Being Furious, Get Curious About Your Body And Yourself
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS in Weightless
amelia island, breakfast I just finished writing an article on strategies for staying curious and why curiosity is so vital to our lives. (I featured tips and insights from Ian Leslie’s fascinating new book Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It. Stay tuned for the piece on Psych Central next month.) So...
Are Eating Disorders Racist? And Other Questions for Kati Morton (Video)
By Sandra Kiume in Channel N
Therapist Kati Morton answers questions from her Tumblr readers, in a YouTube video. First, she talks about forgetting to talk about issues with your therapist during your appointment and ways to help remember, with helpful tips. The second question is, “Are eating disorders racist? …I don’t believe I can have one, because...
Lack of Quality Sleep Could Trigger Suicide
By Mike Bundrant in NLP Discoveries
Alarm clock insomniaOver 14 000 senior adults aged 65 years and older were studied over a period of ten years by researchers from the Stanford University of Medicine. The results of this long-term study drew a troubling conclusion regarding suicide rates among the elderly population. Published in JAMA Psychiatry, the findings of the study suggest that seniors who have difficulty...
Make it about TODAY
By Jessica Beltran, MS in Thrive
7912377858_d2f106e90f_oA friend of mine once asked me how I managed to get through a painful divorce. She asked because she saw me broken once and now I seemed complete again. And not only did I seem complete, but happy. “How did you get through it?” she asked me crying. Her 3-year boyfriend who she was planning on marrying had just...
Transformational Writing and Sparking Creative Flow
By Douglas Eby in The Creative Mind
pen image from Getting Creative Juices Flowing article Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls: “I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a...
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
By Linda & Charlie Bloom in Building Relationship Skills
Flickr- Danumurthi Mahendra Flickr- Danumurthi Mahendra It’s not just for your sake. Happiness depends more on the inner disposition of mind than on outward circumstances” – Benjamin Franklin In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s been a wealth of information recently in the form of books, TV shows, CDs, DVDs, magazine articles, and even movies on...
Have You Been Drafting Through Life?
By Alicia Sparks in Your Body, Your Mind
Jan Buchholtz | CCJan Buchholtz | CC I spent last weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race. If you know anything about NASCAR — or any kind of racing, really — you probably know what “drafting” is. (For those of you who don’t, drafting...
Letter To A Former Guru, Circa 1986
By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski in Therapy Soup
Dirt Road with Maple Trees in Winter SunriseShared recently: I’ve been reading a lot about depression and buddhism (especially zen) on Psychcentral and other places. It prompted me to write a letter to my former buddhist meditation teacher (circa 1986). Dear G, I remember what you said: That we must buckle down and accept that life has no intrinsic meaning....
Why It’s Guaranteed to Block Healthy Sexual Relations, 1 of 2

By Athena Staik, Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Relationships
images-160Based on decades of research, marketing strategists know what few consumers come to realize, and that is: how powerful beliefs are in shaping human behaviors — and that beliefs can be altered subconsciously, without consent or knowledge. How does it work? By associating carefully crafted ideas that spark emotions of pleasure or fear (or both), accordingly, with preexisting human drives (hardwired by nature), and...



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