listening

What is Engaged Listening?

In the modern age of many distractions, active and engaged listening is a skill most people could afford to improve. Paying close attention to what others are saying and truly seeking to…

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Delusions of Grandeur

A delusion of grandeur refers to a person’s false belief that they are someone other than who they are or believe they have special powers. It is commonly identified by strong beliefs…

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What is Hebephilia

Hebephilia refers to the primary or exclusive adult sexual interest in pubescent individuals ranging from age 11-14. Hebephilia is differentiated from pedophiphilia, which involves exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children (up to…

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The Benefits of Crying

Contrary to the beliefs of some, crying is an important component of mental health and wellness. The benefits of crying are often unrecognized, overlooked and under- appreciated, as it can be good…

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Do You Have Cellphone Separation Anxiety?

At first glance, the idea of cell phone separation anxiety can seem flippant. Could people being away from their phones actually cause extreme problems or stress? While it is not officially a…

kleptomania

Kleptomania and Why it is Complicated

Kleptomania is a relatively rare mental health disorder characterized by the recurring inability to resist stealing. People with this condition have experienced repeated, unsuccessful attempts to quit stealing. The urges and actions…

cyclothymia

What is Cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia, also known as Cyclothymic disorder is characterized as a less severe, more chronic type of biopolar disorder.  It involves episodes of hypomanic symptoms (euphoria and elevated mood) as well as depressive…

perfectionist

10 Signs You Might Be a Perfectionist

Perfectionism contributes to high stress and anxiety. There can be confusion sorting through what is high achieving vs perfectionism. The critical difference is that perfectionism is the need to achieve self-imposed, unreasonable…

type b

Am I a Type B Personality?

The Type A/B personality theory is popular and commonly referenced in the mainstream.  Understanding people and their personalities is complex and sophisticated.  Many factors contribute to our personality.  The Type A/B model…

parsimony

What is Triangulation Psychology?

Triangulation is a tactic used to manipulate an interaction between two people who are not communicating directly with each other.  It is problematic because a third person becomes involved in a situation…

split attraction

What is the Split Attraction Model?

According to the split attraction model, how someone experiences attraction can be split into categories. For some people romantic and sexual attraction are distinctly different experiences. The split attraction model recognizes that…

microagression

The Subtlety of Microaggressions 

Microaggressions can describe behaviors or comments that was subtle, inflict insult or injury on individuals, based on their identity with a certain group. It is a term to describe brief and common…

anxiety chat room

Are Anxiety Chat Rooms Helpful?

Participating in an online chatroom could be tempting, particularly for individuals with anxiety.  It is often a subtle way to share your feelings and learn from others about their experiences. To some,…

jealousy

How Jealousy can Ruin Your Relationship

Jealousy is a common challenge in intimate relationships. While the impact of jealousy can range in intensity and severity, it is damaging and will lead to disconnection.  Jealousy can be insidious, as…

verbal abuse

How to Recognize Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse often goes unnoticed and unrecognized. It is more subtle than physical abuse yet can cause similar emotional damage.  Verbal abuse can occur in any relationship:  home, spousal, friendships, or work.…

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Live Your Life

DO YOU. There has been recent attention drawn to this expression, reflecting the message to be yourself.  Being you and doing you starts with knowing yourself. In one of his last appearances,…

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Let’s Understand Serial Monogamy

Monogamy in and of itself is often considered a positive, desirable attribute of a relationship in western culture. It is when two people commit to date or marry each other, without having…

mindfulness

The Best Mindfulness Apps You Should be Using

“As countless people have discovered over the past twenty-five years, mindfulness is the most reliable source of peace and joy.” -Tich Naht Hahn The term mindfulness is heard everywhere, including corporate boardrooms.…

dysfunctional family

What is a Dysfunctional Family?

The descriptor of “dysfunctional family” is used broadly without a clear definition.  The term dysfunction suggests that something is broken or clearly not functioning properly.  While there is a continuum of severity,…

priming

What is Priming? 

The priming effect is when the introduction of one stimulus impacts how people respond to subsequent stimulus. L. L. Jacoby provides the definition as an increased sensitivity to certain stimuli due to…

personality disorder

Understanding Schizotypal Personality Disorder

A personality disorder is a mental condition that is chronic and pervasive throughout one’s life.  It is identified by an unhealthy pattern of thinking, interpreting events, behaving, and reacting.  It causes difficulties…

social anxiety

How to Overcome Social Anxiety

Most of us have experienced anxiety or self consciousness during a social situation. Public speaking is a common source which may include self-consciousness, embarrassment, or physical symptoms such as flushing, sweating, or…