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Archives for November, 2010

God in Therapy

Parenting Experts Say No to Religion, Spirituality

New research by psychologist Robert Epstein analyzes the makings of a good parent.

In an article in November’s Scientific American Mind  Dr. Epstein identifies 10 core competencies that make for a good parent—and good parenting.

The skills that good parents possess include: Ability to Give Love and Affection, Successful Stress Management, Having Good Relationship Skills (especially with the spouse/other parent), Fostering Autonomy and Independence, Stressing Education and Learning, Life Skills (which means providing for...
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Depression

5 Tips for Getting Through Thanksgiving


For many, holidays are stressful. If you have bumpy relationships with family members it can cause your stress levels to sky rocket. If you’re unable to visit family for any reason or you simply don’t have family, holidays can trigger negative feelings and/or symptoms.

It’s important to be prepared when it seems like the whole world (except you) has somewhere warm and...
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General

Readers Write: Airport Body Scans and Pat Downs


Dear Readers,

Your comments and emails about the TSA body scans and pat downs confirmed our fears. Wow. The new shape of airport security is definitely traumatic for some of you and more than a little worrisome for others.

Some of you are no longer flying, some of you fly but find it traumatizing, and some of you are taking tranquilizers in order to get through the ordeal.

If...
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anxiety

Fear of Flying Poll: Frustrating and Scary

With all the controversy over the new airport body scans and the thorough pat downs, those who are already seat-grippers in the air have a new reason to dread flying--invasive body searches and embarrassing images taken of their bodies.

Statistics show that the majority of people who have significant flying fears are women over the age of 25. Flying phobias are so common that an enormous industry has been built on the treatment of this...
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Flying Phobia

Airport Body Scans: Can They Traumatize?

Airport body scans are in the news and the stories (here, here, and here, for example) aren't pretty. Both men and women report feeling "violated" and "humiliated" and in addition to causing embarrassment and feelings of shame, there are also serious questions about the safety of the radiation people receive from the scans.

keeps track of all the scan-related news on their blog.

Last night we were talking...
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God in Therapy

Nothingness and Emptiness in Kabbalah

Note: This is part of the God in Therapy series. We consistently use the non-PC term “God” and are referring to God in the traditional, Biblical way. This premise has to be laid out in order to build on and explain the following concepts with integrity to the sources, so you hopefully won’t see any equivocation in the language we use—we want to avoid tiptoeing so you don’t have to guess at our meaning.

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General

God and Addiction, Yes. God and Mental Illness, No? Poll.

Should discussions of God and spirituality be a part of psychotherapy as they are for addiction treatment? If you are familiar with 12-step programs or other addiction treatment programs, you know that discussions about God/Higher Power take place with regularity and are integral to treatment.

It's too late for us to appear unbiased.  and my series God in Therapy discusses various...
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