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Steady Breathing is the First Thing To Go

Filed in Mindfulness, Yoga by on July 29, 2014
Steady Breathing is the First Thing To Go

During a yoga class when the intensity ratchets up your steady breathing is usually the first thing to go. You’ve got to make a conscious effort to work through that mounting anxiety in order to come back to focusing on your breath, and if you don’t your whole practice will suffer and eventually fall apart. […]

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Destroying Your Possessions

Filed in Abuse by on July 29, 2014
Destroying Your Possessions

One sign you are a victim of abuse is if any of your possessions have been destroyed. Remember that an abuser is primarily concerned with control, and in the context of control he or she secretly considers you to be a possession. A person is capable of having possessions, but a possession is not capable […]

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Therapy As A Crutch

Filed in Individual Counseling by on July 29, 2014
Therapy As A Crutch

Although we tend to think of going to therapy in a positive light, as a chance to overcome problems and grow, it can hold people back when they start to treat it as a crutch. The problem is that an hour where someone is entirely focused on you, on the minutiae of your every thought […]

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Prepared For Pain

Filed in Emotions, Psychoanalysis by on July 29, 2014
Prepared For Pain

Like all other organisms, we are highly motivated by avoiding pain and seeking pleasure. Unlike most other organisms, pain and pleasure take place for us not just in the physiological sphere but also in the psychological sphere. Actually fMRI scans have shown that our brains interpret emotional pain the same way they interpret physical pain, […]

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Dual Diagnosis

Filed in Addictions, Individual Counseling by on July 29, 2014
Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis is when a mental illness and a substance use disorder occur at the same time. This situation is so common that when good clinicians diagnose one they are always on the lookout for the other. It can be difficult to tease out whether substance use leads to mental illness or whether the […]

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Three Routes To Change

Three Routes To Change

A useful way to conceptualize change is to think of a triangle where thoughts, emotions, and behaviors represent the three points. A change at one of these points will exert an influence on the other two points as well. Different thoughts will affect how you feel and act, different feelings will affect how you think […]

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Indecisiveness

Filed in Psychology Articles by on July 28, 2014
Indecisiveness

The one constant of human existence is that it’s always changing. Some of these changes are outside of our control while others are the direct result of our thoughts and actions. Indecisiveness is a psychological strategy designed to postpone that feeling of existential anxiety that goes along with becoming aware of the responsibility for a […]

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