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Empathy is a Ferrari

Her: I wish I wasn’t so empathic. It hurts so much because I see and feel a resemblance of myself whenever I see anyone in pain. I have to do something about fixing them. And I don’t have a routine that works to control it. I don’t have an off switch. Me: Think of empathy…

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One Dozen Ways to Feel More Powerful

Wake up earlier. See also The Morning Checklist for Anxiety. Meditate. Stretch, like your dog or cat. Write things down. Read a poem. Think of a fear you overcame. Get organized for the day. Listen to your power playlist. Exercise. Stand up straight/work on your posture. Text good morning to a loved one. Pray. See…

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Mental Health and Our Elders

The Loneliness in Older Persons study, published in 2012 (Journal of the American Medical Association; JAMA), studied 1,600 adults with an average age of 71. The results concluded that among participants who were older than 60 years, loneliness was a predictor of decline and premature death. This study also concluded that loneliness can lead to…

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Self-Compassion as a Practice

Not judging yourself or allowing others to judge you. Not blaming yourself or others. Getting to know yourself. Forgiving yourself. Loving yourself. Soothing yourself. Respecting yourself. Protecting yourself. Also see Self-Care is Often a Very Unbeautiful Thing.

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On friendship pain

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a friend’s taking advantage of you, or if you are just being overly sensitive. However, there are some infallible signs to be on the lookout for that will give you answers. Here are 8 signs that you’re being taken advantage of in a friendship. 1. They don’t…

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When your friends are successful

Best friends – we share life through thick and thin. But what happens when your friend has a major success? Do you feel proud, happy for them… jealous? Even when we love our friends, insidious feelings of unfairness or envy can start creeping in. There are steps you can take so that situational jealousy does…

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The Father-Daughter Dance: Okay to Be Me

A healthy father-daughter relationship can be key for developing a girl’s positive self-esteem. If the relationship between father and daughter is strained at an early age, it can make for a lifetime of internal challenges and relationship struggles. Based on clinical psychology research, the most important question for the father-daughter relationship appears to be: Is…

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The Psychological Importance of Juneteenth

Juneteenth not only celebrates the freedom of Black Americans from slavery, but it also is a time when achievements are noted and continuous self-development is encouraged. People dress with pride to show spirit, sometimes in African garments. This day of national pride is celebrated with food, music, games, and other activities to promote cultural awareness…

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Walking as Mindfulness

Mindfulness in everyday life is a big topic in my work with patients. Most of the time walking is utilitarian: we go from point A to B. Our mind is focused on our destination, what we aim to do when we get there, or various other concerns. Even when out for a stroll in the…

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