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If You’re Alone on Thanksgiving

A lot of people will be alone this Thanksgiving, either by choice or by a trick of fate. Just know that you're not alone in your aloneness. A lot of us are alone this Thanksgiving. And Christmas too, bah humbug.

Let me tell you a little story that has helped me cope with being friendless, more or less, for most of my life.

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Coping Strategies

When Trauma was King: 3 Ways to Miss It


When I'm treating patients for depression and anxiety I of course take a thorough history. What is often missed is long-ago trauma that has been repressed and buried. Traumatic memories can re-surfaces in the middle phases of therapy when trust is well-established. No news here. But the news is that trauma lives in the body (The Body Keeps the Score) so when we go back to revisit it, the therapist must go slow to...
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Emotional Intelligence

The 5 Skills of Assertiveness – And How to Get Them

There are few words that I hear misused more than the word “assertive.”

Everyone has an idea about what they think it means, but I have seen that many people actually know only half of the definition.

That missing half makes a huge difference.

Pause for a moment here and think about what “assertive” means to you. Come up with your own definition.

Did your definition describe standing up for yourself? Speaking your mind? Telling people how you feel...
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