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If You Mess Up, Fess Up

If You Mess Up, Fess Up

Linda: The reward for the work of becoming a person of integrity is that we begin to live a life of harmony. There has been a significant amount of inner work,...
Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Make It

It’s easy to look at self-assured people and wish, “Oh, if only I could be that confident, that self-assured, that easy-going.” Well, let me tell you that lots of those...

Are You Self-Destructive?

It’s a strange thing, but it makes sense when I break it down and be honest with myself. Recently I was watching an episode of,“The Real Housewives of New York,” and one of the castmembers was talking about how she has to be careful when she is doing well cause that’s when she tends to get in trouble....
Self-Management: How to Change Your Own Behavior

Self-Management: How to Change Your Own Behavior

What is Self-Management? Self-management is when a person applies behavior change strategies in a way that promotes a predetermined change in their behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2014). Self-management can...
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Today I Love Friends Having Adventures

Today I Love Friends Having Adventures

Today I love friends having adventures like the one my friends Bob and Caroline are on. I love that they are seeing parts of Spain that we missed, everything needs to be experienced in this world and if we team up we should be able to accomplish that....

Back to Reality

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....
Random Acts of Kindness From Parrots

Random Acts of Kindness From Parrots

My 21-year-old cockatiel, Pearl, knows what “belly kisses” means. (Just in case you don’t, it means I want to kiss his soft belly feathers). Sometimes I want to kiss his belly feathers –...
Early Sexual Victimization of Children & Adolescents: 19 Signs

Early Sexual Victimization of Children & Adolescents: 19 Signs

Early sexual victimization can create both immediate and long-term challenges for survivors. Prolonged and intrusive sexual abuse on the developmentally immature psyche of a child frequently contributes to the dilemmas of identity formation and development....
Life Is Unpredictable: Making Each & Every Day Count

Life Is Unpredictable: Making Each & Every Day Count

In a single week, it was my nephews one-year memorial and two families from my community tragically lost their husband and father prematurely to massive heart attacks. It was hard to see past tragedy,...
When it Comes Down to Winter Survival

When it Comes Down to Winter Survival

Even though I took my birthday week off, I’m coming back with a self-indulgent theme; the winter storm I just weathered in my tiny house, with pain, limitations and all....
Bipolar Disorder and Chronic Pain

Bipolar Disorder and Chronic Pain

I live with fibromyalgia and arthritis alongside my bipolar disorder, which can be really challenging. Chronic pain can influence my moods, just as my moods can worsen my chronic pain....
Too Many Irons

Too Many Irons

Some day I’m going to do an episode of my radio show on word association. The problem is that my radio show is about music, not writing or ADHD or any of the other things I do....
“Good” Interrupting and ADHD

“Good” Interrupting and ADHD

People with ADHD often have a habit of interrupting others in conversation, even when they know it’s inappropriate. Thank you, poor impulse control! I’ve talked about interruptions as a part of ADHD before,...
7 Ways a Narcissistic Attachment Is Destructive

7 Ways a Narcissistic Attachment Is Destructive

Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, Pete could see how destructive his marriage to Nan was. He knew that she was narcissistic, but he didn’t care. He thought that his love...
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Mental Illness in the Enlightenment

Mental Illness in the Enlightenment

I’m suspicious of histories that attribute 21st Century DSM 5 diagnoses to characters who lived long before such conditions were ever identified.  But then again,...

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