50 Journal Prompts for Exploring Your Favorite Things

-Margarita Tartakovsky, MS Last week I shared 50 quick journal prompts to help us get to know ourselves a bit better. Below you’ll find 50 more prompts, which focus on your favorite things. As you’re gathering with your friends and family for the holidays, consider asking them to share their favorites, too. Often there areContinue reading “50 Journal Prompts for Exploring Your Favorite Things”

Death, Wealth, and the Psychological Anatomy of a Family Dispute

-Darren T. Case From the fifteenth century dispute over the succession to the British throne ultimately won by Queen Elizabeth I over her familial rival, Mary, Queen of Scots, to the more recent dispute amongst the Koch children fighting over their father’s $5.6 billion dollar fortune, death and disputes over a family’s wealth have beenContinue reading “Death, Wealth, and the Psychological Anatomy of a Family Dispute”

Self-Compassion: A Life-Changing Skill

-Neil Petersen It’s a cliche to say that we’re out own worst critics. But if you read the AllPsych blog very much, you know that psychology researchers are in the business of showing that a lot of the old cliches go a lot deeper than we might think. Today’s exhibit is self-compassion. Most of theContinue reading “Self-Compassion: A Life-Changing Skill”

9 Steps for Reducing Stress this Holiday Season

-Julia Lehrman, LCSW, RYT December is officially upon us. With the holiday season in full swing, we are more likely to encounter the unforeseen travel delays, frustratingly long lines, and triggering interpersonal interactions that tend to be commonplace this time of year. These situations can push our buttons and test our limits. Here are someContinue reading “9 Steps for Reducing Stress this Holiday Season”

Is Your Partner Really ‘Emotionally Unavailable’ or Is It You?

-Anna Lloyd “He’s just so emotionally unavailable.” This is one of the things I hear most often in my practice and one of the things I heard myself saying most often before I did my own work. I remember being utterly convinced of it. The evidence was in everything my husband did — the wayContinue reading “Is Your Partner Really ‘Emotionally Unavailable’ or Is It You?”

How to Stop Enabling

-Jonice Webb, PhD What is enabling? Enabling isn’t the same as helping. Helping is doing things that others can’t do for themselves. Enabling is doing for others what they can and should do for themselves. Codependent relationships are out of balance and often involve enabling. If you have codependent traits, you over-function, are overly responsible,Continue reading “How to Stop Enabling”

Living Life in Seeking Mode

-Jonice Webb, PhD Do You: Eat too much? Spend too much? Drink too much? Smoke cigarettes or pot? Spend too much time on the internet? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, there’s something you should know: There is probably a good reason for it. These types of tendencies, which we all tendContinue reading “Living Life in Seeking Mode”

Healthy Boundaries for the Holidays

-Sharon Martin, LCSW Healthy boundaries are important all year long. Healthy boundaries create a framework that let’s people know how to treat you. They help create respectful, mutual relationships because expectations are clear. The biggest boundary problems occur when you put someone else’s needs before your own and allow yourself to be mistreated or devalued. The holidaysContinue reading “Healthy Boundaries for the Holidays”

Reached Your Goal But Still Unhappy? 4 Steps to Take

-Melody Wilding, LMSW Do these sound like promises you’ve made to yourself? Once I get the promotion, I’ll feel like my career is on track. After this busy period, I won’t have to work so much and can spend time doing things I enjoy. When I make six-figures, I’ll be financially secure enough to moveContinue reading “Reached Your Goal But Still Unhappy? 4 Steps to Take”

The 5 Ways Emotional Neglect Causes Borderline Personality Disorder

-Jonice Webb, PhD Sylvia Sylvia sits with her head in her hands and tears rolling down her cheeks. “Here I am again, all alone. Why can’t I trust anyone? Why does the world hate me so much?” she cries in tearful despair. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): A lifelong pattern of unstable moods, unstable relationships, unpredictableContinue reading “The 5 Ways Emotional Neglect Causes Borderline Personality Disorder”