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Overcoming Social Anxiety

Filed in Anxiety, Behavioral Psychology by on April 22, 2014
Overcoming Social Anxiety

Overcoming social anxiety is a tough road if you structure your life to avoid the very situations, social encounters, that will help you achieve your end. Repeated exposure to the source of an irrational fear tends to make this fear dissipate because you come to realize that you don’t suffer any lasting consequences like you […]

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You Are Not Your Diagnosis

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

“Depressed people think they know themselves, but maybe they only know depression.” – Mark Epstein For some receiving a mental health diagnosis is a good thing because it creates certainty around an area that was always cloudy and threatening. Just having an explanation can provide a lot of relief, even when this explanation doesn’t do […]

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Playing God

Filed in Individual Counseling, Psychoanalysis by on April 22, 2014
Playing God

“If you just set people in motion they’ll heal themselves.” – Gabrielle Roth Many young mental health practitioners come into the field with what they believe are the noblest of intentions, but if they were really honest with themselves they would see that they are covering up a darker reason for going into a helping […]

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Overcoming Excuses

Filed in Existential Psychology by on April 22, 2014
Overcoming Excuses

“If you wish to be a writer, write.” – Epictetus When people talk about their unfulfilled dreams and aspirations you are likely to hear a lot of excuses and rationalizations. Some of us become pretty adept at pulling the wool over our own eyes. Unconsciously we search for that plausible explanation that lets us off […]

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Courage to Act

Filed in Anxiety, Existential Psychology by on April 21, 2014
Courage to Act

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong Most of us desperately want to be told what to do yet simultaneously chafe under any yoke that limits the freedom to make our own choices. Erica Jong is right when she says that sometimes we […]

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You Define Who You Are

Filed in Narrative Therapy, Self-Actualization by on April 21, 2014
You Define Who You Are

Wrong perceptions have the power to influence the way you define yourself if you let them. The dominant narratives and labels foisted upon us are often biased and never tell the whole story because they reduce us to a narrow definition based on just a few data points. Yet many conform their thoughts and actions […]

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Distracted Present Tense

Filed in Mindfulness by on April 21, 2014
Distracted Present Tense

“Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.” – Ovid Many of us commit the error in logic of assuming that if a sensation is pleasant then this means it must be good and if it’s unpleasant then it must be bad. This sort of life philosophy is hedonistic, compelling […]

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