In: psychology

Performance Anxiety is Good
February 19, 2015

Although I have given thousands of presentations to professional audiences over the course of my career, when I was beginning that…

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January 24, 2015

Boredom is one of the most common negative emotions, and yet relatively little explored in the psychology literature. A woman, Kate,…

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Lucky Marriage
January 21, 2015

What is a lucky marriage? Last week we were talking to a man who has had a year of challenges in…

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Bipolar in Order Study
January 4, 2015

Several readers of this blog have been intrigued by Tom Wootton’s “Bipolar in Order” site and the training program that he…

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Medical Model
December 31, 2014

The medical model is something that many people with depression or mood swings feel frustrated about. The whole doctor-patient relationship with…

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Psychiatrists Don’t Care About “Why”
December 8, 2014

Psychiatrists tend to be surprisingly uninterested in discussions about why people are experiencing mood symptoms or anxiety symptoms or terrible stress….

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Law of Attraction – Creating a Hostile World
October 16, 2014

The law of attraction is the belief that “like attracts like.” Focusing on positive or negative thoughts can bring about positive or negative…

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Treating Anxiety – An Update by Kelsey
September 7, 2014

Treating anxiety is an important part of working with people with depression or bipolar. This update focuses on changes that have taken…

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Wise Selfishness
August 25, 2014

Wise Selflessness– The Dalai lama says, “It is important that when pursuing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not…

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Foundations of Wellbeing
August 23, 2014

Rick Hanson’s Foundations of Wellbeing online seminar is going to help many people enjoy better, richer, happier lives. As regular readers…

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Rick Hanson – Trust in Love
August 20, 2014

It has been a while since we mentioned Rick Hanson’s wonderful website and listserve – Just One Thing. Along comes not…

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Blowing Things Up: Self-Destructive Responses to Frustration
August 20, 2014

Why do we sometimes come up with self-destructive responses to the unpleasant feeling of being trapped or the anxiety of an unhappy life situation? I…

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Accepting Uncertainty
August 16, 2014

We are often trapped more by what we think about how things should be, or “have to be,” than by the reality…

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Being Busy is an Antidote to the Terror of Being Alone
August 11, 2014

My attention was captured when I read an article that suggested that there was a common human experience that many people…

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Starting Bipolar Treatment – Dr Suzanne A . Black and Mr. Stuart Jessiman
July 21, 2014

Through the Door : The Initial Consultation – Part I I arrive at the door of an address of an English…

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How Mood Can Influence Events
July 8, 2014

What I do for a living often involves asking dumb questions. For example, we all know our moods are usually affected…

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Summer Vacation: Taking a Break from Therapy
June 17, 2014

Maybe because it’s summer, and everybody’s thinking about vacations, or maybe it’s just a coincidence, but we’ve been spending a lot…

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Hypomania and Sensory Experience
June 12, 2014

More than a decade ago, Dr. Suzanne Black, who occasionally writes posts on this blog, got me interested in the sensory…

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Seeing the Other – Kelsey
June 11, 2014

“I see you.” That is one of the many profound concepts in one of my favorite movies, Avatar. “I see you.”…

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Longevity and Having a Purpose in Life
May 29, 2014

Studies in older adults have suggested that having a sense of purpose in life can add years to longevity. Now researchers…

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