stendhal
stendhal

What is Stendhal Syndrome?

Have you ever been to an art museum? If you have, you know that there are many amazing, beautiful works of art that have been created over the history of human life…


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kid trophy

Should Kids Get Participation Trophies?

Every parent wants their child to succeed and be happy. Seeing children sad, frustrated, or disappointed can tug at our parental heart strings like nothing else and our impulse is to protect…


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abcde

What Is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?

Most people have experience a certain behavior or feeling or combination of both they desire to eliminate or change. There are many theories within psychotherapy that would focus on the behavior or…


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cloud shape

What Is Apophenia?

Apophenia is to make connections between seemingly unrelated things. It happens in the way people see images in the clouds in the sky or people see Mother Theresa’s face on a potato…


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service dog

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…


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locus of control

What Is the Locus of Control?

Locus of control is a person’s perceived amount of control they possess in their daily life. There are two types of control people have: internal and external. Internal locus of control focuses…


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culinary therapy

Can Culinary Therapy Really Help?

The word “food” can mean many different things to a person, depending on their relationship with it. For some, food is comforting. For others, food is stressful. Similarly, the art of cooking…


brain zap
brain zap

What Are Brain Zaps and What Causes Them?

The term “brain zaps” refers to a withdrawal symptom common for individuals who cease taking certain medication for depression and anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as well as selective serotonin and…


crying
crying

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…


charisma
charisma

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,…


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mental health month banner

Raising Mental Health Awareness in May

Mental health has become a public health issue. Increasingly, individuals all over the world continue to suffer from one or more form of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. These conditions are debilitating…


kleptomania
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…


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smiling

The Benefits of Smiling

As I’ve indicated in past articles on this page, smiling is good for physical and mental health. It causes a cascade of supportive chemicals to fill the human body. They include neurotransmitters,…


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dbt eating disorder

The Benefits of DBT for Those with Eating Disorders

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is utilized to help individuals identify, understand, and manage difficult emotions. The major areas of focus in DBT include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The…


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travel

Effect of Travel on Mental Health

One of the most humorous and widely recognized fictional scenes about travel takes place in the movie, Home Alone.  The power goes out the night before the McAllister family is scheduled to…


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fake it

Should You Fake It Till You Make It?

The annoying answer to this question would be, “It depends.” In reality, when you think about it, faking it until you make it really depends on the situation. Also, what does faking…


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exhibitionist

How Common is an Exhibitionism Disorder?

Sex and sexuality have been studied for centuries and different cultures have their own unique perspectives about what constitutes appropriate and “normal” sexual expression and sexual conduct. What has been learned when…


ASD
ASD

What is Acute Stress Disorder?

When someone experiences a severe or traumatic event in their life, they can begin to develop disruption in their mental health and overall functioning. Mental health professionals describe these mental, physiological, and…


imposter syndrome
imposter syndrome

Do You Have Imposter Syndrome?

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is about a “street rat” turned prince.  With the assistance of a witty genie and a magical lamp, Aladdin morphs from a…


grey rock
grey rock

What is the Grey Rock Method?

A narcissist is a person who shows a disproportionate interest in themselves.  They have a strong desire to be admired by others, strive for attention, and have difficulty enduring criticism or setbacks. …


identity
identity

6 Signs You Have Lost Your Identity

A common goal in life as we age and grow involves beginning to develop a solid sense of self; this is the development of identity, values, and self-worth that become stable over…


ASMR
ASMR

What is ASMR? Does It Help with Insomnia?

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is unique experience that describes a tingling sensation on the skin. People describe the sensation that begins at the scalp and moves down through the back of…


type b
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…


balance
balance

The Need for Balance 

When Scientific American publishes an article entitled Are Intellectuals Suffering a Crisis of Meaning? you’re being alerted to a serious reality for all people, not just the super-smart population. Well-adjusted people, at…


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pamper

Three Can-Do Steps to Self-love

Mass media undermines everybody by portraying believable people having the times of their lives. Their problems are solved before the story ends, or you don’t care if they continue. Social media worsens…


resentment
resentment

Resentment and How to Defeat it.

Bitterness and resentment are not uncommon feelings to experience. We experience those feelings when we feel we have been treated wrongly or unfairly by someone else. It can be a signal that…


repressed memories
repressed memories

Do We Really Repress Painful Memories?

The quick answer is yes, we really do repress painful memories. Not all bad memories are repressed. People still remember things like someone close to them passing away or abuse during childhood.…


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sociable

All-About-the-ESFP-Personality-Type

Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test in the 1940’s.  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was established from the work of Carl Jung, who…


choleric
choleric

What is a Choleric Temperament?

As mentioned in my previous article about sanguine temperament, Hippocrates, a Greek physician that lived from 460-370 BC, had a theory that connected the inner workings of the body to a person’s…


type c
type c

What is Type C Personality?

We’ve all heard of Type A personalities; these are characteristics in people’s personalities that include: competitiveness, neurotic, perfectionism, strict organization, ambitiousness, aggressiveness, impatience, and meticulousness. People who have Type A personalities generally…


therapy
therapy

Is Therapy Really Worth It?

Historically, therapy has gotten a bad rap.  Before mental health was researched or understood, individuals were deemed crazy if they displayed or admitted a mental health condition.  Moreover, it was assumed that…