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9 Inventive Ways to Identify and Process Your Emotions

9 Inventive Ways to Identify and Process Your Emotions

I regularly share strategies to process our emotions on this blog because I want to highlight an important point: We can feel our emotions, even when we’ve spent years pretending they don’t exist or when we’ve let them dictate our decisions
February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day is devoted to just that: People doing random, unasked for gestures, big and small, to make the world a better, kinder place.  There...
Today I Love That I Am Still Moving

Today I Love That I Am Still Moving

Today I love that I am still moving. I love that I slept well and was able to get up and run down the stairs with my usual, frantically joyful readiness for my day....
Turbocharge Your Brain 

Turbocharge Your Brain 

Life sure does require a lot of thinking. The heavy lifting includes solving problems, charting the right path to our goals, and making important decisions. Each requires us to rev...
Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

The phrase “toxic relationship” is thrown around quite a bit in popular media. But what really defines a toxic relationship? Toxic can be anything from an unhealthy to downright deadly....
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A Little About Psych Wards

I have been hospitalized four times for psychological reasons; none of them pleasant experiences. I thought I would write a little bit about what that is like – being locked away from the world with other mentally ill people....

Timmy in ToonTown: A Tragic Tale

In my article Time Out of Mind (Toronto, Ellen L. K. (2009).  Time Out of Mind: Dissociation in the Virtual World. Psychoanalytic Psychology.  26 (2) 117-133) I discuss the tragic situation of a little boy named Timmy who escaped to an online world where he could pretend to have the support that he needed from his real-life family. ...
Dependency is Not a Dirty Word

Dependency is Not a Dirty Word

Linda: For many people, the word “dependent” conjures up negative associations with being helpless, powerless, and out of control. Our hyper-independent culture influences many to fear and dread relying on another person....
Why Do We Focus So Much on ADHD in Children?

Why Do We Focus So Much on ADHD in Children?

Here’s an informal experiment I did that you can try for yourself. I searched Google for recent news articles with the keyword “ADHD” to see how many specifically were about children with ADHD versus how many were about adults or ADHDers in general....

5 Valentine’s Day Tips for Healthy Dating Relationships

“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brene Brown   Many of the college students I see in my practice are negotiating the nuances of the dating world,...
Arthritis and Bipolar Disorder

Arthritis and Bipolar Disorder

Studies reveal that people with rheumatoid arthritis are at a greater risk of developing bipolar disorder than the general population. Specifics vary
No Really, I’m Here

No Really, I’m Here

Yesterday I was watching Netflix for a bit. I like that I can turn it off and pick up where I left off later, I don’t like that I have trouble actually walking away from it because it will keep showing me episode after episode,...

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