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Feel Better With…Revenge?

Don't get mad, get even. Revenge is sweet. Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive. Blah, blah, blah. A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called Combating the Sting of Rejection With the Pleasure of Revenge: A New Look at How Emotion Shapes Aggression confirms that getting back at someone who caused you suffering actually can make you feel better by improving your mood. Simply put, this is why people often do seek revenge.
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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

Our Top Seven Addiction Recovery Posts Of 2016


Therapy Soup's top 7 addiction recovery posts of 2016:

12 Steps for 15 Maladies

Flawed Belief System Keeps Him Using Drugs & Alcohol

Seven Insights You Can Use In Recovery From Mental Illness & Addiction

Addiction Study Might Lead To New Treatment Options

The Real Reason People Begin To Use Drugs, Drink (And What You Can Do About It)

In Addiction As In Life, Honesty Is...
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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

Flawed Belief System Keeps Him Using Drugs & Alcohol

What you believe—about life, about people, about yourself—is key to how your recovery from addiction progresses. A flawed belief system helps keep you mired in the past or prevents you from envisioning, or believing in, your future. Recently I met with Kyle. He had been using opioids, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol to self-medicate for more than twenty years. He began using when he was 16, and he's now 36. Although he's actively using substances, and he's often stoned during daylight hours, he's still managed to hold down part-time  and even some full-time jobs. 
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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 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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Top 10 Fears Of Americans – Video

What are you afraid of? See Americans' Top Ten Fears of 2016 according to Chapman University. Top 10 Fears of 2016 (From Chapman University)

Below is a list of the 10 fears for which the highest percentage of Americans reported being “Afraid,” or “Very Afraid.” (Chart from Chapman University website.) Fear
Fear Domain
% Afraid or Very Afraid
Corrupt government officials
Government Terrorist Attack
Manmade Disasters
41


Not having enough money for the future
Economic Terrorism
Crime
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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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