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How to Deal with the Fear of Dying?

One way to cope with the fear of death is to take solace and comfort in the fact that it is a natural part of life.  We are all born, live out our days on Earth, and eventually die when it is deemed our time.  It can be helpful to practice gratitude for living and […]

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The Oedipus Complex, Is It Accurate?

Sigmund Freud is best known as the father of psychoanalysis.  Through psychoanalytic theory, Freud attempted to explain behavior, while simultaneously mapping out a way to treat mental illness. Freud believed that one’s personality and adult life was shaped and molded by important events from childhood, which was summarized in his theory of psychosexual development.  This […]

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PTSD Service Dogs

Post traumatic stress disorder may result from a single encounter with trauma or from a series of traumatic episodes.  PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can greatly impact a person’s quality of life and ability to function.  Symptoms of PTSD can include nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance of triggering memories.  Other symptoms may include agitation, irritability, […]

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How to Identify Stalkers

A stalker is a person who maintains careful awareness and takes excessive interest in another individual.  This close attentiveness may potentially cause a person to become fearful or intimidated.  Stalking is illegal and can possibly be associated with threats and bullying.  There are several different categories of stalkers, including those who seek reconciliation or revenge […]

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Emotionally Unavailable Partners and How to Spot Them

The world of dating and relationships is described by some as a very scary place.  You often hear utterances that it is “a scary world out there.”  But, what makes it so scary?  Is it that your blind date may look like Mr. Magoo?  Is it the fear that your partner has some deep, dark […]

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Connection Between Charisma and Happiness

Charisma can be equated to magical fairy dust.  Both are shiny, sparkly, and instantaneously capture attention.  When the fairy godmother flicked her magic wand, Cinderella illuminated in shimmery silver sparkle and Bippity, Boppity, Boom, a magical ball gown appeared.  Charisma has that same type of magical quality—you cannot miss it when it walks into a […]

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Can Alcohol Effect Your Relationships?

Things taken or experienced in moderation are unlikely to have a significant impact.  Eating ice cream or a favorite desert every once in awhile is not likely to have a major effect on a person’s weight.  It would be unexpected that pulling an all-nighter for a final exam would have a serious impact on sleep.  […]

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Some Natural Treatments for Depression

The most common ways to treat depression are through medication, counseling, or a combination of both.  However, people are not always comfortable with the prospect of taking antidepressant medication due to stigma, side effects, or fear.  Additionally, some individuals are resistant to seeking therapy.  For the people who fall into these categories, relief may be […]

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What Are The Signs Of Burnout? Is That You?

In today’s society, there seems to be more pressure than ever before.  We are ruled by the clock–to get to places on time, to make our deadlines, and to get as much done as we possibly can.  Our employers expect us to be innovative, productive, and efficient.  As parents, we are expected to raise well-mannered […]

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Do Others See the Same Person as the Self-Loather Does?

Perception is individualized, subjective, and varies from person to person.  When you look in a mirror, what do you see?  Do you see an accurate reflection of yourself, or is it skewed?  Does the image you see match what others see?  Most of the time, our self-esteem, self-confidence, and body image develop from our perceptions, […]