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Practice Does Not Necessarily Make Perfect

Practice Does Not Necessarily Make Perfect

Linda: Becoming competent in any endeavor requires the building of skills necessary for competence and mastery. The general principles include (but are not limited to): Practice
Commitment
Learning
Training
Practice
Technical guidance
Practice
Prioritizing And oh,...

The Challenge Of Setting Healthy Boundaries With Your Loved Ones

It’s one thing to set healthy boundaries with coworkers, casual friends, or someone you’re dating, but setting boundaries with your loved ones can be truly challenging. Last weekend I had dinner with a longtime family friend that goes way back to infancy....
Why People Don’t Help When They Can

Why People Don’t Help When They Can

As a therapist, I am a keen observer of human behavior and interactions. I have long been fascinated by what makes people tick. Sometimes I am in awe of the...
Today I Love Autumn Mornings

Today I Love Autumn Mornings

Today I love autumn mornings and the sights I see while out walking in them. I love my felt-pack boots and the way they keep my feet so warm. I love that I have socks that are guaranteed to keep my feet warm to forty below....
How to Protect Your Pet If You Die First

How to Protect Your Pet If You Die First

Recently a reader sent me a sweet and (frankly) heart-wrenching note about a situation I also worry about all the time – what will happen to her beloved pet after she passes....
Podcast: How Toxic Masculinity Also Hurts Men

Podcast: How Toxic Masculinity Also Hurts Men

The phrase “sacred masculine” can evoke images of patriarchal religiosity.  But it has a different meaning for today’s guest. For Miguel Dean, the sacred masculine is an ideal, embodied by...
10 Tips for Surviving Holiday Family Gatherings

10 Tips for Surviving Holiday Family Gatherings

It’s the start of the holiday season. which for many people means lots of family time. If you’re struggling with a mental illness, you might feel overwhelmed with to-do lists,...
The Efficient and Inefficient Sides of ADHD

The Efficient and Inefficient Sides of ADHD

When you think of adjectives associated with ADHD, “efficient” probably isn’t the first that comes to mind. After all, doing things inattentively wouldn’t seem to translate into doing them efficiently....
When We Get Sick, Do We Feel Worse?

When We Get Sick, Do We Feel Worse?

Remember when I said November is nobody’s favorite month? Welcome to cold and flu season. You can’t go into a drug store without practically being chased by syringe-wielding nurses who want to give you a flu shot....
Routine Is My Friend … And My Enemy

Routine Is My Friend … And My Enemy

Routine is what makes it easy for me to know where I am and what I’m doing. But a lack of routine can make me pay attention. Those of us who thrive on “flying by the seat of your pants”...

Practicing Forgiveness

When you hold on to past hurt, you’re actually trying to relieve your pain by putting other people down and building yourself up.You may imagine that nursing old wounds is the way to be in control and prevent the humiliating exposure of your imperfections....
The Porn Panic: Is Porn a ‘Public Health Crisis’?

The Porn Panic: Is Porn a ‘Public Health Crisis’?

If it’s not the Gail Dines crowd screaming that porn is inherently anti-women and evil, it’s the David Ley crowd arguing that porn is great and wonderful and never a problem for anyone. One group thinks porn is
Meaningful Work is the Best Therapy

Meaningful Work is the Best Therapy

The most important thing that led to my recovery from serious mental illness was being denied Social Security Disability Income.I’m
What Needs to Change Now that So Many People Live Alone

What Needs to Change Now that So Many People Live Alone

In the past half-century or so, solo living has become a demographic juggernaut. According to a United Nations report, around the world, 1-person households are now just as common as households comprised of just a couple,...

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