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Alcohol and Drug Addiction- Stage One During the initial stage of addiction the addicts' character is permanently altered. T...
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350 People Die Of Addiction Each Day- Is It Time To Rethink Rehab?
Every year in the U.S., 120,000 people die of addiction. That’s 350 a day. Desperate to save the life of an addict, a ...
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS by Carol Sampson, LCSW As the parent of a high school student and a therapis...
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So much of the holidays can be taken up with the busy stuff of gift buying, travel plans, and food and festivity preparations that we’re often left exhausted and depleted. It’s easy to forget what the holidays are fundamentally about: to connect and be with family, friends and loved ones. This holiday, offer the gift of your presence to both yourself and your loved ones.
What do I mean by “the gift of your presence”?
Simply put, being present is about being a human being as opposed to a human doing. It’s about being with yourself or your partner instead of busily doing something with your mind elsewhere. You can also practice being really present while doing something fun with your partner. For instance, you could be on a bike ride with your love, enjoying and participating in the experience, giving both your partner and yourself the gift of your full presence. On the other hand, you could be on that bike ride with your mind a million miles away, thinking ...
Do you believe that unless you constantly drive yourself, you will end up becoming fat, lazy and a bump on a log? If you are reading this article on self-improvement, the chances are very good that this belief is false, in which case it may be useful for you to ask yourself where it came from. Can you identify a voice behind the words? Could it be the voice of a parent?
Successful people frequently entertain the unarticulated belief that without constant pressure they will cease being productive, disciplined, organized—in short, successful. They fear that their success is precarious, contingent and temporary. Only by continually whipping themselves can they maintain their record of accomplishments.
What would happen if you took the pressure off? What would be the result if you decided to be gentle with yourself? You may have a look of horror on your face as you read those words, imagining that if you relieved the pressure you would immediately slack off, become inefficient, and...
Think about how you feel in a game of tennis when you’ve delivered a non-returnable shot. (If you don’t play tennis regularly, you’ve probably seen the game often enough on television to be able to visualize the moment.) You’ve aimed just right and hit the ball with such power that your oppo-nent can only look on in bewilderment as it sails by out of reach.
That feeling of complete and utter success often carries over into other as-pects of your life, including the language you use to describe such success-es: you beat out a competitor, nail a contract, or blow one by the opposi-tion. Even reading these words can put you in touch with the visceral sat-isfaction that comes with such an overwhelming success.
Relationships can be thought of as a game, complete with its own rules. Here’s a tip: any time you feel that visceral satisfaction that comes from delivering a non-returnable shot, you’ve broken a rule and lost the point. If we push the tennis me...
When Ghandi died, I was unborn. And my heart was unaffected. The sun passed below the horizon, red, and so tired, on the Indian subcontinent.
When Kennedy died, I was a child, and my sphere was small and untouched. I remember the principle on the school intercom, the footage of the motorcade, and LBJ taking the oath...with Jacqueline standing next to him. I looked around at the adults in my world. Their eyes were red and they tried to explain it to me, but they faltered and were unconvincing. And the sun passed below the horizon in Texas.
When King died, I was lost in the self-absorbed me of adolescence. Yet I knew that something bigger than me had taken place. On the evening news, I heard the words streaming out of the tubed black and white television. The news anchor’s eyes, which could barely contain each week’s pain of the death count in Vietnam...his eyes became red and I thought I saw a tear. No, I was sure of it. The sun passed below the skyline of Memphis.
When a man tells a friend that he is having trouble with his carburetor, he expects that the friend will either take a look at his car or recommend a qualified mechanic. He does not expect the friend to ask, “How are you feeling about that?” In general, a man will mention a problem only in or-der to seek assistance with it. From an early age, men are expected to fix things, take care of things, deal with things. Some of my clients. who have achieved considerable success as a result of their problem-solving skills, have difficulty understanding why these skills don’t serve them well in per-sonal relationships. They don’t see that when their partner complains about a problem with her boss, for example, the proper response is not “Here’s what you should do,” but “Tell me more about that.”
A number of women have told me that they often use conversation as a method for clarifying their thinking. The notion of talking through a prob-lem ...
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
by Carol Sampson, LCSW
As the parent of a high school student and a therapist who treats adolescents, I have been thinking a lot about the stresses students face when they near the transition from high school to college. Parents and students typically focus on the college application process. They plot timetables for standardized tests, research schools, and plan college visits. But a topic too often neglected is the emotional issue students confront when they begin planning for college. It is important for parents to understand the emotional demands their teens face so that they can help ease the stress of the years preceding college.
There is no doubt that many high school students are frazzled. Fully aware of today’s intense competition for entry to colleges, many are up until midnight completing homework. Their days are crammed with afterschool activities -- sports, theater, SAT tutors, volunteerism -- and jobs. Many can...
“Julia is so sensitive I can’t say anything to her without it causing a big blow-up!” exclaimed Julia’s mom. “How am I supposed to raise this kid? I’ve got to be able to talk with her—she’s only fifteen!!”
Julia’s mother had a good point. She did need to be able to “parent” her daughter without worrying what the fallout would be. Julia was typical of many teenagers who feel entitled to impose their moods and frustrations on others simply because they feel, well, moody and frustrated. Kids who’ve not learned to regulate their emotions, or who don’t care to, grasp pretty quickly that they can exploit their parents’ wishes to avoid a bigger, louder problem. In turn, their parents, feeling a need to calculate the “cost” of speaking out, become a little tentative or self-conscious about addressing their teen’s behavior or attitude. The teen, now picking up on his or her paren...
It’s a sad day in America when we need a study to tell us that yelling at teenagers to discipline them makes them more depressed and their bad behavior worse. Teenagers themselves would have told us the same thing, for a lot less money.
Most parents yell at their kids because they’re frustrated, not because they think it’s a desirable way to communicate. Often they’re feeling helpless to get through to their adolescent son or daughter, to affect their teen. It’s a strange and sad feeling, especially when the choices you see your teen making are lousy ones. The study also found that the effects of screaming at one’s teenagers were comparable to the effects on kids of physical punishment. That’s major, but it shouldn’t surprise us. Screaming, not unlike hitting or slapping, is a violation of the most fundamental assurance kids rely upon and need from their parents: I cherish you and will take care of you and never do anything to hurt you....
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I find it incredibly exciting and rewarding to offer Premarital Counselling as well as Wedding Ceremonies to my clients. I truly believe that bringing together Soulmates is a sacred responsibility, and I take my work very seriously. In my private life, I have been married for 15 years to my very own Soulmate, and we have been blessed with a wonderful life. I would consider it an honour to share my years of experience with you in preparation for your blessed event. I believe that every couple who desires to marry h...
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