What Is Personal Perspectives?

Maintaining psychological balance is a task every person faces in the course of daily life, with its often-unpredictable mix of joys, sorrows, triumphs, disappointments, and struggles. A number of people have chosen to share their own stories of adversity, resilience, and self-knowledge. Personal Perspectives gives voice to those who have chosen to write about their own experiences.

Recent posts on Personal Perspectives

Ronna Wineberg

After A Parent's Death

By Ronna Wineberg on January 17, 2018 in The Bittersweet
When a parent dies, a part of our life ends. Dismantling a parent's home is another ending. The objects that belonged to someone close to us are wrapped in memory and emotion.

Through the Eyes of a Two-Year-Old

By Robert M Goor Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Letters to My Son
What happens when a two-year-old's family members disappear, one by one?

From Abuse and Trafficking to Healing and Purpose

By Aleida K Wahn J.D. on January 15, 2018 in The View From Here
Marjorie Saylor triumphed over abuse and trafficking, and now helps survivors find true healing.

A Survival Guide for the Era of Fake News

Today we are inundated with lies, propaganda, and fake news by politicians, government, corporations, and the media. We need to protect ourselves. Here's how.
Colleen Kelley/University of Cincinnati

A Journey to Recovery

By Bethany Yeiser on January 14, 2018 in Recovery Road
Recovery from schizophrenia once seemed impossible. Today, I am a college graduate.
Hope Perlman 2017

Getting Grit, a Q & A with Caroline Adams Miller, Pt. 2

By Hope Perlman on January 13, 2018 in Unmapped Country
When women’s backs are to the wall, they really discover resourcefulness and strength and courage, and I think that we’re in that time frame right now. Our backs are to the wall.

What is Happening with Misophonia Research?

By Jennifer Brout Psy.D on January 13, 2018 in Noises Off
Preliminary Misophonia Research Findings at Duke U Reveal Interesting Findings

How I Worked Out a Formula for a Happy Me

By Sarah Haufrect on January 12, 2018 in The Bonds We Make
Where once I used to be exclusively a results-driven decision maker, I seem to have turned into what I’ll call an intention-based decision maker.

What Survivors Think of the Golden Globes

By Jessica Teich on January 11, 2018 in Dispelling Demons
There are as many experiences as there are survivors.

Why Do Tiger Parents Want Their Kids to Marry Young?

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on January 10, 2018 in Culture Shocked
Why are Tiger Parents obsessed with getting their kids married off? Knowing what motivates them helps.

Dealing With Anger

Managing anger is hard, but you can deal with it using the skills and attitudes of resilience.
Debi Gliori

Rock Bottom: The Only Way Is Up

By Debi Gliori on January 09, 2018 in Night Skills
Never give up. You have no idea of what the future holds.

Hospital Pro-Tips

By Caitlin Caven on January 08, 2018 in Better Living Through Snark
Ten insider tips to help you visit an ER or hospital like an annoyed, blasé pro.

Creating a Token Economy for a Child With O.D.D.

By Sarah Fader on January 06, 2018 in Panic Life
O.D.D. can be incredibly challenging for parents of children with the disorder. Here's a promising approach.

A Solution to Stopping Sexual Harassment

By Susan Harrow on January 05, 2018 in The Body Blog
I’ve worked as a consultant at a corporation where the head of the company ran his hands through my hair and laughed when I yelled at him to never do that again.

Can Marijuana Trigger Schizophrenia?

What's the relationship between marijuana and schizophrenia? Henry Cockburn's story may be an example.

Subtle Signs of Depression

By Sarah Fader on January 03, 2018 in Panic Life
It may be hard to tell when someone is depressed.

Ending a Marriage or Relationship? You Are Not Alone

By Sarah Rayner on January 02, 2018 in Worry and Panic?
Getting divorced or separated? Learn how to turn an ending into a new beginning.

The Memory of Scents

By Barbara A Jaffe Ed.D. on January 02, 2018 in Journey to Healing
So many meaningful scents provide backdrops of endearment, which join my heart and soul to the places and loved ones I so treasure.
Garden Passages--Custom Wood Gates

Toxic People are Poisoning Your Life

Toxic People and Healthy Boundaries

I Was Angry- I Said Something I Didn’t Mean

By Sarah Fader on January 01, 2018 in Panic Life
Anger is often a reflection of our true feelings on a subject.
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Happy New Year, but With No Resolutions

I don’t recall when I stopped making New Year’s resolutions, maybe two years ago, maybe four; this practice just wasn’t working for me.

Be the One

By Jessica Lourey on December 31, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
Stressed about spending time with family, friends, and coworkers who just don't get it? The Rule of 7 will set you free.

Family Systems Theory Builds Healthy Relationships

By Sarah Fader on December 31, 2017 in Panic Life
Bowen's family systems theory is a psychological concept that teaches us about the fundamental importance of our family units.

What Every CEO Should Know about Workplace Mental Illness

By Victoria Maxwell on December 29, 2017 in Crazy for Life
Mental Illness. It IS in your workplace. Find out how you can be part of the solution.

The Connection Between Migraines and Sexual Abuse

By Sarah Fader on December 28, 2017 in Panic Life
Migraines can be linked to sexual abuse.

Desperate For a New Baby This New Year? You Are Not Alone

By Sarah Rayner on December 28, 2017 in Worry and Panic?
New Year is the busiest time for making babies, but for the 1 in 6 couples who experience infertility, trying to conceive can be far from fun. Here are 5 ways to ease the stress.

The Deep, Dark and Dangerous Cloud Called Loneliness

For some, loneliness is a short-lived moment that changes when successful efforts lead to social re-connection. But for others, many others, loneliness is a chronic situation.

Being A Close Friend

What would you do if your longtime, childhood friend announced he (or she) was transgender?

Woman's Search For Meaning

By Sarah Fader on December 27, 2017 in Panic Life
I searched for the meaning of life in philosophy.