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Freud And Linking The Past To The Present

Filed in Psychoanalysis by on October 21, 2014
Freud And Linking The Past To The Present

Freud believed that dysfunctional patterns of behavior in adulthood were essentially repetitions of particular stages of development in childhood. Like all of his theories, this one was filtered through his overarching sexual theory and he ascribed the various stages of development to erogenous zones like oral, anal, and genital. Basically in his construct the mature, […]

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Pushovers Finish Last

Filed in Psychoanalysis, Self-Actualization by on October 20, 2014
Pushovers Finish Last

You’ve heard the expression ‘nice guys finish last’ but it’s an idiotic one. Nice guys (and girls) do just fine, better than fine, it’s pushovers who finish last. Obviously human language is a monumental leap forward in how organisms communicate but the dark side is that the name we apply to an an experience is […]

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Power From On High

Filed in Abuse, Existential Psychology by on October 16, 2014
Power From On High

In every religion the same situation unfolds, which is that a priestly caste arises and begins to act as intermediary between gods and adherents. This caste becomes highly concerned with crystallizing all aspects of the religion, attempting to halt the organic and natural evolution of thought and practice that spawned that religion in the first […]

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Too Many Reinforcements For Behaviors That Are Not Good Enough

Filed in Behavioral Psychology, Parenting by on October 13, 2014
Too Many Reinforcements For Behaviors That Are Not Good Enough

I observed a couple futilely attempting to train their dog in a public place. He was a friendly guy but was behaving badly. Barking madly, jumping up on people as they walked by, pulling hard on his leash, and other behaviors that were embarrassing for the couple and pretty annoying for everyone else. They were […]

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Mediocrity

Filed in Psychoanalysis, Self-Actualization by on October 10, 2014
Mediocrity

The fastest way to spot mediocrity is by the fact that it always seeks to rationalize the exceptional. “He was in the right place at the right time,” “She had a lot of help getting there,” etc. etc. It’s a protective mechanism, where if the mediocre can qualify the extraordinary then it doesn’t have to […]

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Rooted

Filed in Existential Psychology, Yoga by on October 9, 2014
Rooted

The changing seasons can bring up a lot of anxiety and other unpleasant emotions for people even though they might not consciously make that connection, blaming how they are feeling on other variables. But seasonal change is undeniable proof of the impermanence of all things. Psychologically speaking, the transition from summer to fall is probably […]

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Keeping The Dream Alive

Filed in Existential Psychology, Motivation by on October 9, 2014
Keeping The Dream Alive

Everyone has an idea of how things are supposed to turn out, dreams and aspirations, but the demands of daily life intrude and before they know it time has flown by and they find themselves living lives that feel foreign. Keeping the dream alive can be tough because dreams don’t have much to do with […]

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