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Mental distress and social exclusion

Her: I usually feel excluded at work; with colleagues, meetings, or in conversations. I’m invisible: I don’t matter.f Him: One of my best friends recently started dating somebody. I’m happy for her, but she has no time to chat or hang out. I feel like I don’t matter. Them: My partner has a new job.…

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What to Say to Teens

“They just don’t talk to me”. That’s a familiar refrain. Parents often ask me for advice on how to help their kids speak to them more openly. These are some of my suggestions that I regularly use. I am happy to listen when you feel like talking. I believe you. What I admire about you…

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Mantras as Self-Statements

Many people are familiar with the classic psychotherapy strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which include the use of self-statements to combat negative or intrusive thoughts and cognitive distortions (tricks the brain plays on you, particularly when depressed or anxious). Personally and professionally, I like to integrate the ancient knowledge…

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‘Labor Day’: On Mental Health; Givers and Takers

In nearly all cultures, the process of socialization teaches us to share, take turns and give back to those who give to us: Reciprocity. We are likely to be shamed or ostracized if we don’t integrate the rules of reciprocity into our behavior. The rule of reciprocation is deeply ingrained in our psyche. This dance…

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Happiness Myths

Our myths about things that make us happy… and things that actually don’t Myth: Money will make you happy. Fact: It’s stressful when you’re worried about money. In order to be happy, you do need enough of it to cover your basic needs: things like food, shelter, safety, healthcare, and clothing. But research studies in…

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On Jealousy

Even despite its universality, jealousy – like so many other emotions labeled as “negative” – has long had a bad rep. From being listed as one of the seven deadly sins to pop culture references such as “Green Eyed Monster,” jealousy has long been been viewed as “bad” and mythology and history have overflowed with…

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Anxiety as a Warrior

I teach my teen and kid clients about the purpose of Anxiety. The amygdala is a part of the brain that sets anxiety in motion. It’s actually an Ancient Warrior trying to protect you. Sometimes it becomes overly protective and gives you a turbo boost. This is fuel that is meant to keep you strong,…

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How to be more introverted

You read that correctly. While traditionally Western culture has minimized the importance of introversion, most people have a mix of extroverted and introverted tendencies. We have a lot to learn from introverts when it comes to mental health. 1. Reboot Don’t confuse being an introvert with being shy. An introvert acquires psychological energy or a…

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