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How to Keep Politics from Ruining Your Friendships

Regardless of political stance, many of us have less tolerance for opposing viewpoints than ever before.
We have taken our cues on how to treat those who disagree with us from our politicians, who use negative campaigning and insults to get elected.
But there’s a difference: name-calling works in politics because it involves opponents who are seeking to lower the status of their competition. In friendship, the goals are different.
Post by Brooke Williams, MA, LPC
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Category: Social Awareness

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12 Quotes About the Power of Kindness

Kindness is a trait many people consider key to being a “good person,” but it can be taken for granted. The importance of being kind often becomes clearer when we experience kindness from another person.
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Category: Self Discovery

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When Anxiety Dogs You, This Is How You Tame It

The words people use to describe anxiety tend toward combat metaphors: “I fight against it, but it attacks,” “I’ve been battling this since childhood,” “It’s really pummeling me this week.”
Naturally, they’re surprised when I suggest an unconventional solution: Instead of hating it, embrace it.
© Copyright 2018 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Vicki Botnick, MA, MS, LMFT, therapist in Tarzana, California
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Category: Self Discovery

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When the Going Gets Tough: The Case for Sticking with It

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” At least, that’s what the old saying claims.
But this adage could be taken two ways. Do these figurative tough people get going on some tough task facing them? Or do they get going by running away?
Post by Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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Secrets of Self-Esteem: How to Work on Loving Yourself

Improving self-esteem seems to some to be an impossible task. But each time, as we explore it together, similar themes come to the foreground. After years of figuring it out with people from all sorts of backgrounds and at all levels of self-confidence, I’ve come up with a few main components of esteem work.
Here are the key factors, in my experience.
By Vicki Botnick, MA, MS, LMFT, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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Lasting Change Requires Change, Not Just Insight

Therapy shouldn’t just be interesting. It shouldn’t just feel like a good mental flossing that leaves you with a lot to think about. Effective therapy can be both of those things, yes. But it should also get you moving in a more positive direction, as quickly as possible.
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Contributed by Betsy Sansby, MS, LMFT

Category: Self Discovery

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7 Strategies to Jump-Start Your Motivation

We all have things we’d like to accomplish. However, many of us struggle at times in the pursuit of our goals. We procrastinate or find excuses. Then we judge ourselves harshly for being “lazy” or “slacking.” Sometimes all we need is a jump-start, a strategy or two to get us moving when we’re feeling stuck or we’ve been idling too long.
Post by Laurie Leinwand, MA, LPC, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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How to Hold on to Healing in Times of Stress

Life throws you a curveball in the form of a breakup, an illness, or a change in your work situation. Suddenly, the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings you thought you had left behind come rushing back. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help you hold onto your healing during times of increased stress.
Post by Shameela Keshavjee, MS, LMFT-S
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Category: Self Discovery

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This Year, Resolve to Be Kinder to Yourself

Many people come to me because their anxiety has started to interfere with their day-to-day living. Those negative thoughts make them feel bad, so they continue to think about what happened, hoping that next time they’ll get it right.
Fortunately, practicing self-compassion helps them break the cycle of self-criticism.
© Copyright 2018 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, therapist in Annapolis, Maryland

Category: Self Discovery

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How Leaning Into Your Anxiety Can Help You Manage It

Anxiety peaks when we perceive danger. That danger could be concrete, like being in the path of a dangerous hurricane, or the danger you sense might be less clear. Maybe someone’s voice, a smell, or a song brings up uncomfortable feelings, leaving you feeling anxious. So, how do we manage anxiety that is sparked by something we aren’t fully aware of?
By Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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How to Outsmart Anxious Thoughts and Reduce Your Suffering

Worrisome thoughts can be tricky. Not only are they quite challenging to deal with, at times they can seem convincing, making it difficult to distinguish between something that could merely be a possibility and something evident.
By Sarah Farris, LCPC
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Category: Self Discovery

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Relational Aggression: The Bullying Hidden in Plain Sight

Relational aggression is defined as a nonphysical form of aggression with the motive to impair the targeted individual’s social standing or reputation. Because we are social creatures and wired to desire acceptance, this form of bullying can be particularly toxic.
By Melissa Stringer, LMHC, DCC, NCC, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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‘How Are You Feeling?’: Chronic Illness and Coping with Questions

It is a simple question, but one that can cause more inner turmoil than most of us realize.
“How are you feeling?”
For countless people living with a longer-term or chronic illness, that seemingly innocent question can be loaded with emotions.
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© Copyright 2017 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Alena Gerst, LCSW, RYT, therapist in New York City, New York
The preceding article was solely written by the author named above. Any views and opinions expressed are not necessarily shared by GoodTherapy.org. Questions or concerns about the article can be directed to the author or posted as a review below.

Category: Self Discovery

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Decision-Making Techniques: Learning to Use Your Head, Heart, and Gut

Understanding at the outset that not every choice will yield the desired outcome can help inform one’s expectations, including the possibility of these less desirable outcomes. Skillfully managing any unintended consequences is part of the process of decision-making.
Reference:
Pert, C. B. (1999). Molecules of emotion: The science behind mind-body medicine. New York, NY: Touchstone.
© Copyright 2017 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Nicole Urdang, MS, NCC, DHM, therapist in Buffalo, New York
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Category: Self Discovery

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Why We Ignore Our Intuition and How to Overcome Self-Doubt

“Why didn’t I just listen to myself—I knew what I needed to do all along and I ignored it!”
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
By Lindsey C. Pratt, MA, NCC, MHC
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Category: Self Discovery

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Music as Medicine: 3 Ways Your Favorite Tunes Improve Your Well-Being

There is mounting evidence for the soothing effects of all types of music on heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, and other indicators of health. It is encouraging to learn that, while music can be purely entertaining, it can also be added to your holistic wellness toolkit, especially if you enjoy music in general.
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Category: Self Discovery

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Habits That Help: Setting Yourself Up for Success with Self-Care

Big dreams can be intimidating, but some putting in some early preparation for good habits could be the one of the kindest things you'll ever do for yourself - and also improve your chances of success.
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Category: Self Discovery

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Why We Stay in Relationships That Hurt

Once we gain insight into our own patterns, it frees us to make different choices, sometimes difficult ones. Do you believe you deserve more?
By Lori Hollander LCSW-C, BCD, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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‘Why Do I Do That?’ The Silent Sway of the Threat Response

We've all had second thoughts about things we've done. People are complicated, and can sometimes even hide the truth from themselves.
By Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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The Path of Least Resistance: Adding More Flow to Your Life

© Copyright 2017 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Kim Egel, MA, MFT, therapist in Cardiff, California
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Category: Self Discovery

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How to Be More Mindful (and Smart!) with Your Smartphone

Smartphones - what would we do without them? They help us connect immediately, but that may not always be such a good thing. Maybe it's time we took a step back and become a bit more aware of how we interact with the these amazing devices - and the world around us.

By Lindsey C. Pratt, MA, NCC, MHC
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Category: Self Discovery

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Joy in the Known: Comfort & Connection with Hygge

Hygge is suddenly everywhere. This Danish concept of "coziness" takes ordinary every day things and gifts them with meaning, making almost an art form of simple pleasures. Learn more about the benefits of this simple practice.
© Copyright 2017 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Nicole Urdang, MS, NCC, DHM, therapist in Buffalo, New York
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Category: Self Discovery

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The Hidden Stories Behind Your Actions

Making better choices is something we all aspire to. One step to doing that is to identify the true intentions behind a particular action or decision. Intentions hold valuable information about what is really important to us.
Mauricio P. Yabar, MSW, MEd, LCSW, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert
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Category: Self Discovery

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3 Red Flags You’re About to Make a Decision You’ll Regret

Here, I'll going to spotlight some red-flag behaviors that could increase our chances of regretting some of our decisions. I’ll also offer some suggestions on avoiding these red flags - before you make those decisions.
© Copyright 2016 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Joshua Nash, LPC-S, therapist in Austin, Texas

Category: Self Discovery

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How Loving Yourself More Leads to Judging Others Less

Sometimes, the idea of "loving yourself" seems to be almost a luxury, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Our harsh self-judgements hurt not just ourselves, but created unrealistic expectations for others in our lives. Learn why being kind to yourself is an excellent beginning.
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© Copyright 2016 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Ida Khamesy, M.A., LMFT, therapist in Irvine, California

Category: Self Discovery

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Is ADHD the Third Wheel in Your Marriage?

ADHD symptoms can impact marital decision making in many ways you might not imagine.
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Category: Health

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Why I Don’t Use the Word ‘Forgiveness’ in Trauma Therapy

Once we determine that forgiveness is not necessary, finding a word that will be more congruent for the person in his or her trauma work is less demanding.
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Category: Self Discovery

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6 Types of Friendships Bad for Emotional Health

Relationships based on trust help protect us, both emotionally and physically. But some "friendships" don't work that way. Here are 6 types of relationships that could hurt you.
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Category: Self Discovery

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Why You Should Listen to Your Brilliant Body-Mind Connection

It may just be possible that your headache, back pain or acid reflux could be your body's way of trying to send a message to your mind.
© Copyright 2016 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Nicole Urdang, MS, NCC, DHM,therapist in Buffalo, New York

Category: Self Discovery

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You Can’t Change Others, But You Can Change Your Seat

Family trouble - how do you deal with people you wouldn't speak to if they were just friends? It's not easy, but changing your seat could be a good start.
© Copyright 2016 GoodTherapy.org. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by Lynn Somerstein, PhD, E-RYT,therapist in New York City, New York

Category: Self Discovery

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Can’t Sleep? How to Put Insomnia to Bed

Sleepless nights - we've all had them. But when the odd occurance becomes the norm, these tips may help you sleep more easily.
By Marni Amsellem, PhD, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert

Category: Health

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6 Ways to Embrace Conflict and Keep Your Relationship Strong

Conflict is a signal the couple still cares. Partners that are still open to sharing their viewpoints are better off than those that don't.

Category: Self Discovery

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Trauma and Dissociation: Beyond Your ‘Window of Tolerance’

When we have unhealed traumas, our systems may not be fully present.

Category: Health

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What My Gay Son Taught Me About the Orlando Massacre

What if the place you felt safest was ripped apart?

Category: Self Discovery

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7 Myths About Hoarding

If you’ve watched television in the last few years, you’ve likely come across a reality show about hoarding. Rather than truly educating the public on the condition, reality TV tends to dramatize the issue, spread misinformation, and increase stigma.

Category: Social Awareness

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Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive

The orchids in my old office thrived, but that all changed when I moved. One detail, one seemingly very small detail, made all the difference. Self-compassion could help your inner orchid bloom again.

Category: Self Discovery

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3 Reasons You Haven’t Tried Meditation (& Why You Should)

Welcome to 50! Children leaving home, unexpected unemployment, a new beginning, and the loss of a parent. Mindfulness and meditation helped me manage the stress of so much transition. It has now become a helpful part of my life, and my coaching practice. So why not give it a chance yourself?!

Category: Self Discovery

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Overcoming the Silent Torment of Overeating

Overeating, which is sometimes a symptom of the potentially serious eating disorders binge eating or bulimia, often serves to mask or bury certain feelings that may have seemed dangerous to acknowledge and feel in childhood. In the following paragraphs, you will find ways to gently and methodically peel back the layers that sit atop those buried feelings in order to let overeating fall away rather than be a constant battle of wills.

Category: Health

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A Better Way to Talk Politics

Prejudice, discrimination, racism, ageism, and sexism are all fueled by the use of labels. In the political arena, the words left, right, liberal, and conservative often function as polarizing and inflammatory labels. I believe the problems created by the use of such labels far outweigh any potential benefit.

Category: Social Awareness

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How 15 Positive Affirmations Can Change Your Life

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford
Our thoughts shape our perceptions and the way we experience ourselves and the world around us. But, research shows that nearly 80% of our "self-talk" is negative. How do you break that endless negative cycle?

Category: Self Discovery

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What to Do When Procrastination Stops Working for You

Some people say they work best under pressure, that a looming deadline is about the only thing that serves to motivate them and get those productivity pistols firing. However, those same people often arrive at a point in their lives when this is no longer optimal. They are tired and stressed and feel like they’re always behind and playing catch-up. They begin to miss deadlines and suffer the consequences (poor performance reviews, lost opportunities, late fees, disappointment and anger from others, etc.). That’s when they realize a change is needed, that what may have worked before doesn’t suit any longer.

Category: Self Discovery

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What To Do When Your Anger Feels Out Of Control

Healthy anger requires self-awareness, open communication, and the ability to self-soothe. When you can clearly describe your thoughts and feelings, be open to alternative perspectives, and problem-solve, you keep your anger in check and promote intimacy in relationships. On the other hand, if your anger feels out of your control, makes you “see red,” or even scares the people around you, you must develop a new way of expressing your anger.
Before you can rein in your anger, however, you must stop minimizing or justifying it. Look in the mirror and acknowledge your responsibility for your actions.

Category: Self Discovery

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Can Meditation Really Improve Your Mental Health?

During a recent family vacation to Canada, my husband commented that my energy was unusually calm and peaceful. He asked if I knew what was creating this change. I tend to be a Type A person who constantly has thoughts running through her head and can have difficulty relaxing when there are tasks to be done. So this calmer, more centered approach to life is new for me.
“I think it’s the meditation,” I replied.

Category: Self Discovery

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Is Mindfulness Becoming a Religion?

In the 21st century, as mindfulness-based practices become more mainstream, our society and psychotherapeutic community may be more willing to accept that Buddhism could be a valid psychological approach to reducing human suffering. —Danielle A. Einstein (2007)

Category: Lifestyle

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How to Reach a Person Stuck Behind a ‘Wall’

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP), like all psychotherapy models, is a set of ideas and strategies used to form a healing relationship with another human being. Like therapists using other models of therapy, ISTDP therapists strive to create a relationship in which a person in therapy feels safe and secure. Experience shows that people need to feel safe in order to experience the emotions that their symptoms are designed to hide, and that experience of emotions within a secure bond will likely reduce their symptom burden.

Category: Self Discovery

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8 Ways Sensitive People Make the World Better

Sensitivity is often referred to in a negative context. Phrases such as “You’re too sensitive” can be commonplace when someone expresses strong emotions. Much of American society is not set up to honor the needs of highly sensitive people.
By definition, a highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who has an innate high degree of sensory processing sensitivity and emotional intelligence. Studies show these people are naturally more sensitive to stimuli, whether it be loud noises, strong smells, or bright lights. They may startle easily, feel emotions strongly, and may be more affected by substances such as caffeine and alcohol.

Category: Self Discovery

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10 Steps To Move Beyond Rage

Have you ever “lost it” and raged at someone in the car because you were cut off or honked at? Or worse, have you ever yelled at your significant other after being criticized?
Perhaps you’ve yelled at someone at work who has pointed out a mistake or harshly attacked yourself for some seemingly minor infraction like spilling milk or dropping your phone. You may have noticed the generally negative feelings you are left with after a rage attack.

Category: Self Discovery

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5 Ways to Heal Divorce with Nature

If you’re recently separated or divorced, you’re quite possibly dealing with a bruised ego and a broken heart. Looking inward for insight and understanding is extremely important. Processing emotions and feeling supported are also essential to the recovery process. Therapy can be tremendously helpful, of course, but the feeling of disconnection that typically follows divorce can be difficult to move beyond. You may have been severed from what you knew to be safe, leaving you feeling untethered from the world.

Category: Health

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Rejection in Your Professional Life

Many dreams go unrealized because the dreamer would rather hang on to that perfect dream than face the possibility of rejection. But since rejection is such a big part of growing within your career, hunting for work, and just living, I’d like to make the case for the idea that we may be looking at getting a “no” in the wrong way.

Category: Self Discovery

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Nutrition & Chronic Illness: Taking Out Garbage

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Garbage in, garbage out”? This saying refers to the fact a computer can only do what it is programmed to do, and can be only as good as the data it receives and the instructions it is given. But when it comes to nutrition’s impact on our physical and emotional health, it takes on a whole new meaning.

Category: Health

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Money and Stress: They Go Hand in Hand

Few topics of conversation tend to provoke more stress than money and financial issues. From an early age, we are taught that talking about our finances is taboo and somehow shameful. The majority of people would never dream of confessing to others how much they earn, unless their income is really something to brag about. Couples are apt to argue more about their cash flow and where their money gets spent than about any other issue. For many people, thoughts about money consume much of their time: “How can I generate more of it?” “Can I really afford my car payment?” “How will I pay off my credit card bills?”

Category: Lifestyle

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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

The continuum of exposure to domestic violence ranges from chronic arguing and yelling to controlling behaviors, threats, and intimidation, to physical threats, threats of suicide or murder, to threats involving weapons, to serious injuries and fatal assaults. While domestic violence takes many forms, there is always a destructive undercurrent of power and control, with offenders commonly and compulsively grasping for in a surrogate what is lacking within themselves: control.

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9 Signs It’s Time to Slow Down

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Category: Health

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Get Your Motivation Back

When your “get up and go” has “got up and left,” when there’s no more “pep” left in your step, sometimes the best thing you can do is just stop trying for a while. Moving forward feels great, but movement takes energy. When’s the last time you took a break without feeling guilty? If you dislike the idea of resting, it might help to know that it’s a productive and appropriate project that could help you get your groove back.

Category: Self Discovery

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Why Are Memories of My Past Trauma Coming Back Now?

“I’ve been fine for years. Now I have nightmares every night and can barely function at work. What’s going on?”
“I thought I was over it. I even went to therapy as a kid! Why is it all coming back again?”
“I feel like I’m falling apart, but the abuse was years ago. Does this mean I’m getting worse?”
One of the first things survivors of sexual abuse ask me when they come into my therapy office is, “Why now? Why are these feelings and memories coming back now?” Often, the underlying question is, “I was fine before, but now I’m struggling. Am I going crazy?”

Category: Self Discovery

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Better Communication For Better Relationships

Words are potent. When you interact with others, each person enters into a dance-like process composed of words and gestures—a dance that conveys information.
This dance transmits meaning, meaning that can clarify, calm, encourage, uplift, confuse, frighten, discourage, or depress. The purpose of this article is to encourage you to use words purposefully to help improve your relationships—to be mindful of the power of words to help or harm.

Category: Self Discovery

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134 Activities For Your Self-Care Plan

At its most basic definition, self-care is any intentional action taken to meet an individual’s physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional needs. In short, it’s all the little ways we take care of ourselves to avoid a breakdown in those respective areas of health. GoodTherapy.org’s own business and administrative, web development, outreach and advertising, editorial and education, and support teams have compiled a massive list of some of their own personal self-care activities to offer some help for those struggling to come up with their own maintenance plan. Next time you find yourself saying, “I really need to do something for myself,” browse our list and pick something that speaks to you!

Category: Health

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How Anxiety Destroys Relationships & How To Stop It

There is an abundance of information about how anxiety impacts our health—mentally, emotionally, and physically. Have you considered the impact anxiety may have on the health of your relationship?
Anxiety can cause periods of panic, feelings of fear or overwhelm, and a general sense of unease and tension. It can take over your thoughts and bleed into many areas of your life.
If you are feeling a strain on your relationship, anxiety may be playing a role. Could your anxiety (or your partner’s) be putting your relationship at risk?
Here’s how and why anxiety destroys relationships, and what you can do to stop it.

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Brain Defense: How Dissociation Helps Us Survive

Dissociation occurs when someone disconnects from some part of himself or herself or the environment. It can occur in a number of different ways, including disconnection from one’s emotions, body sensations, memories, senses, etc.
Dissociation is something we all do, and it is a vital part of our ingrained survival system. However, when a trauma occurs, sometimes this built-in system disconnects to a greater degree in an effort to protect the individual from traumatic material, body sensations, emotions, or memories that may be overwhelming.

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Mindfulness: Finding Peace In The Midst Of A Storm

What do you do when you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed out? How do you treat yourself? Are you able to be compassionate toward your own emotional pain, or do you engage in self-criticism, judgment, or blame?
For most of us, our initial reaction to pain is to look for someone to blame, to blame ourselves, or to ignore our suffering. Or we go to the other extreme, reacting to the world and ourselves through judgment, blame, or criticism. Neither of these approaches help us respond to our pain. One approach that does help is the practice of mindfulness.

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Breaking Bad Moods: 15 Self-Care Tips

We have all had a case of the blues. You know, those times in our lives where the world looks bleak and things just don’t seem to be going in our favor. No matter how hard we try to turn things around, it seems to end up as wasted effort and all we can do is throw our hands up and ask, “Why me?”
Finding yourself in a funk you cannot seem to shake? Here are 15 tips to transform your bad mood and learn from it in the process.

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Be Kind To Yourself As You Would To A Friend

Imagine your best friend comes to you deeply distraught—her father died six months ago, and her mother’s health is rapidly deteriorating. She comes to you feeling sad, helpless to stop her mother’s decline, and angry at herself that she just can’t seem to get it together.
What would you say to her? Now, let’s shift gears. What if you were the deeply distraught friend?

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Inside a Depressed Person’s Head

While not everyone’s experience is the same, when people have a major depressive episode, generally the world looks, feels, and is understood completely differently than before and after the episode.
When this reality shift happens, it’s difficult to remember or believe what seemed normal before the episode. What the person believes during the episode seems absolutely real, and anything that conflicts with it is as unbelievable as a memory or message telling him or her that the sky is purple.
So what does a person whose reality has shifted in this way need?

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