Happy New Year 2016

We belong to each other because we are part of the human species struggling to be understood, respected, and connected to each other in a compassionate and meaningful way.

Fifty Shades of Grey

E. L. James' racy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has been called an amusing, romantic tale of a woman's exploration of sexual desire that has captured the interest and imagination of over 19 million readers. But, is there something more to the subject matter of this racy novel that has led to its huge success and the making of a movie? See this post!

Film Analysis of Birdman

It's Riggan Thomson’s (Michael Keaton) last act so to speak. This former cinema superhero is mounting an ambitious Broadway production hoping to breathe new life into his stagnant career. He wants something real, to be known for more than the superhero. Although Birdman is called a black comedy, there's little funny about Riggan's journey of crisis and transformation.

Getting to Oz: The Personal Journey Home to the True Self

Home is more than a place we come from; it's a place of comfort, safety, & happiness we aspire to that expresses much of who we truly are. It's a place called Oz. Some of us know ourselves well enough to reach Oz quickly, while others hope to bump up against what is right for them through wrong experiences that only frustrate their way. See today's post.

Oh the Places We Can Go

We humans are remarkably resilient. No matter what happens to us, we have the brains and two feet to steer life in the direction of our choice. With enough curiosity, courage and determination, we can decide which goals and dreams to actualize. But we have to ask ourselves the right questions to know when it's time to steer life in new directions. See today's post.

Victims of Sexual Abuse

Recent allegations of sexual abuse against Actor Stephen Collins and entertainer Bill Cosby have been in the news. Once again the statute of limitations on reporting sexual abuse has come front and center of our awareness, making us question why more victims do not come forward sooner. Dr. Deborah shares information on this very important matter.
How We Story Our Life Experience Matters

How We Story Our Life Experience Matters

We shape everything that happens to us into personal stories about the lives we are living. Only we can determine the meanings of these events to our whole life. Meanings can move us forward or keep us stuck in the past. Learn to narrate your life experience in ways that show your growth and resilience and move you ahead in meaningful ways.

Build a Better Brain for Better Mental Health

If you knew of a way to enhance your brain's health and function would you make that system part of your daily health routine? Find out about three simple ways to do this.
About Complicated Bereavement Disorder

About Complicated Bereavement Disorder

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a difficult process. Over time, people heal and move forward with their lives. But for some people, acute grief gains a foothold and becomes a chronic, debilitating mental health condition that worsens over time, rather than gets better. Mental health conditions, stressors, dependency, & substance abuse complicates the grieving process.

Don't Be an Angry Bird

You don’t have to be an Angry Bird to know something about the challenge of controlling anger. Learning how to express anger is a normal part of self-development that none of us escapes. Become more aware of the areas of functioning that may be contributing to your anger and what is needed for its healthy expression.

Take a Stand for Yoga Today

Research shows yoga’s positive benefits for mental health. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system. Yoga’s positive benefits for mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (Amer.Psych.Association).

Free the Authentic You

I saw the Angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo You are more than the beliefs that formed you and the social norms guides your everyday living (the ego). You are an authentic self; rich in innate talents and desires that disclose true purpose. Learn how chisel away at your ego to get to your true self. Become Michelangelo

When Disadvantage Is Your Advantage

Many things are possible when you are allowed to fail once, and twice, and to try again, in order to break through the barriers of disadvantage. In fact, the great personality theorist Alfred Adler believed that healthy living involves trying to strengthen shortcomings that may be stopping you from carrying out the life you’ve imagined for yourself. Rather than a liability

Django Unchained: A Film Analysis

Like all of Tarantino's films, Django Unchained is an ironic mix of humor and violence that steadies you between the horrific and the comical, so that your senses are neither overwhelmed by the film’s violence nor lulled into denial of the seriousness of the subject matter by its humor.

Are You Living With Chronic Worry and Fear?

Do you anticipate impending doom at every turn, with little basis to your fears?

This Is Your Life

What can I do to get my life moving forward? Most people spend a good deal of their lives trying to find themselves. Some hope to bump into the right people & experiences that will unfold their lives, rather than actually create the experiences in which their authentic selves can be discovered. I give you three key features of creating yourself in today's post.

So, You Insist on Dating a Narcissist?

If your romantic mate says, "it's me instead of you," read this post carefully.

A Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love

What is self-love? Is it something you can buy in a makeover or a new set of clothing? Is it something you can get through a job or romantic relationship? Can you get more of it by reading something inspirational? No! Self-love is an action. It comes through a practice of behaviors and attitudes that grow your appreciation for you.
Authentic Kindness Matters to Your Fulfillment

Authentic Kindness Matters to Your Fulfillment

Authentic kindness opens you to unpredictable consequences, some of which may cause you discomfort. But, don't let this risk stop you from letting your kindness burst forth. You sacrifice experiences that fulfill and deep life's meaning and worth. Learn what this is all about.
The Early Stages of Falling in Love

The Early Stages of Falling in Love

There's nothing quite as exhilarating as falling in love. Just the thought that you may have found your one-and-only can be so thrilling. But, the high and fear of falling in love can be as frustrating as it is wonderful. Learn how to stay balanced and well during this exciting time in your life.

Turn Your Hard Time Into a Story That Transforms Your Life

You have a story viewpoint from which you talk about the things that happen to you. It can show you as resilient and keep you evolving, or keep you stuck in the past and doomed to repeat the same mistakes repeatedly.Hardiness leads to resilient actions that open up new story lines that fulfill and keep you growing.

Keep the Faith: A Response to Eight Keys to Life Hardiness and Resilience

Be extraordinary; exercise good faith in all that you do. Good faith gives you the power to find meaning in the things that happen to you that helps you to grow, deepens self-knowledge, and opens up new possibilities for living.

The Edge of Suicide

The comprehensive breakdown in meaning of suicidal people narrows their perspective and understanding, so that cannot see a way out of their problems. Hardicoping opens up perspective and understanding and gives people a healthy, resilient way to solve their problems. It helps to reassert the will to live and make life feel meaningful, once again.

Women Who Do Too Much

If you are a woman who does too much, this article's for you. There's a great coping process outlined here that will help women and men to effectively cope with life's stressors.

Young Adults Are Deciding Not to Marry Today

The most dangerous thing to treat casually is yourself.

Do You Need Money and Status to Be Happy on the Job?

Do You Want Job Security, Status or Happiness?
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The Courage to Grow from Stress

Come Back From Adversity, Through Hardiness.