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Moving Toward Growth and Change
Richard B. Joelson DSW, LCSW
Why do our relationships become something less, instead of something more?
How can we learn to attend to the emotional significance of an issue and our partner’s point of view?
Do you treat others better than you treat yourself?
When shiny object syndrome negatively affects our daily lives.
Why we're often our own worst enemies.
Without a healthy, solid, and well-nourished “I” within the “we,” a partnership may feel constricting — or worse, draining.
How can we use anger to strengthen communication and enhance our relationships?
Too often, well-meaning friends and relatives will be heard to say things like, "Don't you think you should be better by now?"
You might be surprised to learn that I think "yet" is one of the most important and powerful words in the English language.
Life together will be easier for people with similar dependency needs and styles. However, differences between partners should not be mistaken for different levels of caring.
What can we expect as the result of psychotherapy?
What happens when our attempts to adapt to a problem intensify it rather than ease or resolve it?
Which is the most meaningful, relief or change?
When is it reasonable and appropriate to point fingers?
Why can’t we just say thank you?
Taking responsibility for communicating our decisions and choices.
Why do some people who seek long-term relationships resist commitment?
Being uncomfortable with our aggression can lead to justifying inaction even when we need to address a difficult situation
How can we distinguish between self-care and giving up?
Anticipation as a form of preparedness…
Beware of being caring and attentive to the needs of others while neglecting yourself.
When working with couples, I am continually struck by the absence of many basic ingredients of a successful partnership.
We often dread the real or imagined consequences of provoking emotional reactions in our partners.
What constitutes healthy pride, something one ought to be able to freely express, and boastfulness or bragging, which most find objectionable?
The emotional significance placed on these terms can promote or interfere with personal satisfaction and success.
How can we feel better after an emotionally charged conversation instead of worse?
Why do some people complain a great deal while others complain rarely, if ever?
Instead of ending after 16 weeks, the support group kept going for 41 months.
The distinction between reacting and responding is an important one and one I have emphasized in my psychotherapy and counseling practice.
When patients control more of the doctor-patient conversation, they often have better medical outcomes.
Richard B. Joelson, DSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City who has been an administrator, educator, and author in the field of mental health for many years.