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Archives for April, 2014

General

How Religion and Spirituality Can Help (or Harm) You

"Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car." (Billy Sunday)
Is it better for your happiness and health to belong to an organized religion or to be “spiritual”? Does it matter?

Being religious refers to believing in a specific deity (or group of deities) and following the regulations of a particular religion. In addition, organized religion (as...
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Addiction

Can You Love Someone Too Much?

Do any of the following statements ring true for you?

My feelings of self-worth are dependent on what you and other people think of me.
I focus on solving your problems, protecting you from the consequences of your actions, or “fixing” you, to the point of neglecting my own needs. 
My self-esteem is based on my ability to “fix” you.
I abandon my personal values and interests and conform with your...
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Anxiety

Hints for Effective Stress Management

Generally when we talk about being “stressed”, we mean that we’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious. However, we all need a certain level of stimulation and challenge in order to feel fulfilled, and this crucial amount of stress is termed eustress.

Defined by the endocrinologist Hals Selye, eustress refers to “good stress”, or responding to a stressor as if it were a growth-enhancing opportunity, rather than as something to be feared, resisted, denied, or...
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