Category Archives: mental hygeine

Managing Stress

STRESS, TIME AND LETTING GO   Many people suffer from stress overload.  Of course, there’s no living without stress.  Stress is life.  Some people, though, have too much.  Some are trapped in stress because preserving their current circumstances is so … Continue reading

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Different Forms of Addiction: Process Addictions

PROCESS ADDICTIONS   To say that addiction is epidemic in our society is no exaggeration.  Mention the word and most people think about alcohol and drugs, substances which alter the mind and provide a ready escape from unpleasant feelings. Substance … Continue reading

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Improve Self-Esteem by Faking It

POOR SELF-ESTEEM?  TRY FAKING IT   If you were born to parents who had healthy levels of self-esteem and who treated you respectfully, congratulations. This article is not for you.  This is for those who don’t feel good about themselves … Continue reading

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Anger is Just a Feeling

ANGER—HOW TO RESOLVE IT       Anger is one of the scariest and most uncomfortable emotions.  Observe an angry child and you’ll see how thoroughly it can take a person over.  It can make you feel and act like a desperate … Continue reading

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Family Rituals Contain Identity Messages

HOLIDAY RITUALS:  A TIME TO REASSERT FAMILY IDENTITY   Well, it’s that time of year again.  Time for families to come together and repeat the traditions that remind us who we are, who we belong to, the proper ways to … Continue reading

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Healthy Self-Centeredness

HEALTHY SELF-CENTEREDNESS   Once we thought the universe revolved around the earth. It does appear that way to a person standing on it.  Then came Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo to put things in their places.  We are not really the … Continue reading

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How to Handle Emotional Hurt

HOW TO HANDLE EMOTIONAL HURT   Emotions are such an important part of our make-up, it’s amazing that we don’t have a better understanding of how to deal with them.  Many people have a deep distrust of feelings. That’s because … Continue reading

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Growing up with Violence

GROWING UP WITH VIOLENCE Living in a violent family affects children in characteristic ways.  In my therapy practice I have worked with many individuals and couples who have grown up with violent parents.  I have learned that family violence, even … Continue reading

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Whose Thoughts Are You Thinking?

WHOSE THOUGHTS ARE YOU THINKING?   Are your thoughts really yours?  I mean, are you really the author of them?  Or are you thinking thoughts that you borrowed from someone else?  Are your opinions and behaviors derived from your own … Continue reading

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Conscious Living

CONSCIOUS LIVING   In my professional role as a therapist, writer and public speaker, I see myself as some kind of usher, travel agent or tour guide on the highway of life.  What I really am is a fellow traveler … Continue reading

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