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This Holiday Give Yourself and Your Partner the Gift of your Presence
So much of the holidays can be taken up with the busy stuff of gift buying, travel plans, and food and festivity preparations...
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Be Gentle With Yourself
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 ...
Have a Moody, Oversensitive Teenager? What to Do When You’re Tired of “Walking on Eggshells”
“Julia is so sensitive I can’t say anything to her without it causing a big blow-up!” exclaimed Julia&rsquo...
Yelling at Your Teen: A Big Disrespect
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 ...
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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...
Co-Dependency / Co-Addiction Detaching with Love
By: Anastasia Bean, MS, LAPC, NCC
“I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Other people's lives, problems, and wants set the course for my life. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.” - Melody Beattie
The codependent / co-addiction relationships begins when family members take on other family member roles rather than detaching and focus on their own needs. Addiction is a progressive and chronic disease that affects the whole family, thus making recovery a family matter. Borrowing from a 12-step program, the slogan... Three C’s Plus One:You didn’t Cause it, you can’t Control it, and you can’t Cure it. And the plus one...But you can Contribute to it. Codependents contribut...
In ScienceDaily of December 03, 2013, there is yet another scientific study suggesting that alcohol use during pregnancy can have adverse effects especially on the frontal cortex of the brain which regulates motor skill learning, decision-making, planning, judgment, executive function and sociality. The study, which was published in the November 27, 2013 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, was of the effects of alcohol in pregnant mice whose mammalian brain is similar to the human brain.
The lead author of the study, Kelly Huffman, assistant professor of psychology at UC Riverside, stated: "If you consume alcohol when you are pregnant you can disrupt the development of your baby's brain ... This research helps us understand how substances like alcohol impact brain development and change behavior," Huffman explained. "It also shows how prenatal alcohol exposure generates dramatic change in the brain that leads to changes in behavior. ... Based on her earlier research, Huffman said, s...
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Happiness is a primary goal for humans once the basic needs of food, shelter and safety are met. Most other goals such as fame or money are really intermediate goals for achieving happiness. Why do you want money? Beyond providing for necessaries, people acquire money to get stuff that makes them happy. Some people think fame will make them happy, same with relationships, sex and religion, though all serve multiple purposes.
I have frequently asked myself if I was content with my life, and if not, why not. Many times in my life I have been unhappy, but pressed on to work toward a goal that would help my life satisfaction; something meaningful and lasting. It's different for everyone. An education, ending an unfulfilling relationship, or moving to an environment that is more suitable are good ways to begin a new, more satisfying path.
Happiness is a healthy state of being as well as a welcomed contagion. Taking happy-time for your self is not selfish. In fact, happiness is good for yo...
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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.
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