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Post-Election Pessimism & Optimism In America

Richard's off this week, C.R. writes: After years of writing about many topics, including surveys and research studies, for PsychCentral.com, we've learned to take virtually all findings with a grain of salt. We read and reread the studies, analyze their methodology , and do a lot of extra-curricular reading on whatever the topic is. We also look for bias, even (especially) if we instinctively agree with the findings. Now we're thinking that political polls, too, deserve a closer look. Almost no major polls, for example, predicted the defeat of Hillary Clinton by Donald Trump. One of the polls which did accurately predict the results of the election
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Addiction

Hanukkah Recovery Insights–8 Nights Of Light & Healing

Hanukkah is the beloved festival of light. We celebrate by lighting candles or olive oil lamps, and through prayer, song, playing special games and eating delicious foods.

The Hanukkah story, and especially the menorah lights, are particularly relevant to those in recovery from mental illness or addiction. Hanukkah in essence, can be described as the triumph of spiritual light and lasting truth over darkness, emptiness, and falsehood.

8 Nights of Recovery Insights by the Light of the Menorah

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Addiction

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 successful life) having feelings of uselessness being full of fear unhappiness inability to be of real help to other people being like "the actor who wants to run the whole show" being "driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity" self-will run riot leading a double life living like a tornado running through the lives of others exhibiting selfish and inconsiderate habits These maladies are all rooted in
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anxiety

Media Triggers

C.R. writes: Yes, it once again feels to me like a very good time for a news fast. As fascinating as the post-election transition might be, I personally believe that the ever-provocative, ratings-driven idealogues in the media aren't particularly worth watching, reading and listening to—especially if their yapping is causing you stress, or leading to feelings of anxiety or depression.
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Addiction

Does Your Therapist Have Successful Outcomes?

When searching for and interviewing a prospective therapist, ask him to tell you about his rate of successful outcomes. A therapist should be able to tell you what percentage (approximately/in the ball park), of his patients with problems similar to yours (for example, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and so on), have achieved successful outcomes with his help. If you don't have a diagnosis, it still may be helpful to hear from the therapist how his patients have improved.
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Addiction

Healing Families With Honest Role Modeling

You can become a healthy role model for your child—even for your adult child. Obviously, the earlier on you model healthy emotions and behavior for your child, the better. A child who grows up with a parent who is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy will usually have a better chance of developing these qualities him or herself. But sometimes, being a role model is deeper than merely being a responsible, thoughtful adult. Children see everything, and are often able to read what we really think, feel, and believe. 
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