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Want and Need

Psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced the idea that there are five needs everyone tries to fulfill over a lifetime. They are known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The first two needs are people’s most basic needs…the need for survival: 1) Physiological (i.e., breath, food, water, sleep) 2) Safety (i.e., security, shelter, employment). The next two are…

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The Neuropsychology of Self Compassion: thoughts for 2021.

A growing body of research suggests that self-compassion is strongly associated with psychological health. One of the most consistent findings in the literature is that greater self-compassion is linked to less anxiety and depression (Neff, 2003; Pauley & McPherson, 2010). There are physiological reasons underlying this association. Neuropsychological research has found that individuals trained therapeutically…

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How to reset

“Add something new to the mix.” If you’ve ever been in my office, you’ve heard me say this.  It takes approximately 60 days to start to lay down new neural pathways, which come from consistent practice of a new behavior. Growth involves changing behaviors—and in order to change a behavior, you have to change…

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8 Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism

In ancient Greek mythology, the goddess of wisdom, Athena, was criticized and trespassed upon by the beautiful nymph, Medusa. Athena was full of rage at her words and actions, and turned Medusa into a Gorgon, with tresses made of snakes. Anyone who looked at her was turned to stone.  Many people have a hard…

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The Tenderness Ritual

Anxiety, both chronic and acute, is one of the biggest concerns I address in my practice. One of the most frequent questions I receive from clients is how to relax and self-soothe between sessions. I have written several articles for my blog and other sources about strategies I have developed or refined, including the #RelaxationKit,…

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The Psychology of Nostalgia

On holidays, it’s natural to feel a longing for times gone by. Psychologists at the University of Southampton in England, in a large study, found that nostalgia boosted feelings of happiness, decreased loneliness, and enhanced feelings of self-continuity by increasing a sense of social connectedness. Sentimental recollections by study participants generally included loveds ones, which…

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