Archives for August, 2011

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How to Reduce Conflict and Misunderstanding: Be a Better Listener

Do you believe that listening is easy and requires little energy? Or that it is involuntary? Or it is the responsibility of the speaker to hold your attention?

These beliefs are a few of the fallacies that interfere with your ability to listen effectively to others and to reduce the amount of conflict and misunderstanding in your life. Often when there is conflict and misunderstanding, we are overly emotional and believe that...
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Are You Skeptical About Starting Your Own Mindfulness Practice?

Some people begin a mindfulness practice with a long history of meditating, a knowledge of Buddhist practices and a belief that mindfulness will solve their problems. Others hear about mindfulness practice and are skeptical or doubtful that it can have any real impact on their physical and mental well-being.

Research studies conducted over the last 30 years have found that mindfulness practice can result in reductions in medical and psychological symptoms in a wide variety...
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4 Ways You Might Be Resisting Treatment

Progress in treatment can be slow for a number of reasons.  For example, you might be experiencing severe symptoms that are difficult to manage, you and your therapist have not identified an effective treatment plan and clear goals, your therapist’s skills and knowledge may not be a fit for you or you might be experiencing fear and anxiety about making changes in therapy.

Sometimes, particularly when people are fearful and anxious, lack of progress in treatment...
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Ambivalent about Change? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

In a recent post I discussed a study that found that substance use disorders often begin when people are experiencing mental difficulties use substances to self-medicate.  The study focused on people who struggle with anxiety, but it’s not uncommon for people with mental health problems to turn to alcohol and other substances to get relief from painful symptoms.

Once you begin drinking, using substances or engaging in some other problematic behavior, you may recognize...
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