Essential Reads

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The ABCs of Friends with Benefits

College life is full of social activities. Could good times turn into good grades?
Robert Goor

An Innocent Question

What could be easier than to answer the question, “How many children do you have?” For the author, and for many others, this question poses a serious quandary.

Luck: A Bird's Eye View

By Jessica Lourey on April 17, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
Is the struggle to get ahead overwhelming you? Maybe the only thing you need to change is your perspective.
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Adjusting My Priorities Along the Way

My mental Rolodex of priority decisions has been so helpful to me, as it has enabled me to calibrate what I really want to do, not what I should do.

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The New Buzz Word: Compassion

By Terri Cheney on May 29, 2017 in The Bipolar Lens
Let's take the fight against stigma to a higher place.
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Unstuck in Time

We all carry memories, along with a perspective that reflects the timeline of our experiences. But, what happens to our perceptions if a single life event overshadows all others?

When a Family You Know Is Hit by Mental Illness

How you can help when a friend’s child, sibling, or partner has a breakdown

Revisiting the Myth of Narcissus and “Healthy Narcissism”

Let's take another look at the Myth of Narcissus and take pains to distinguish "healthy" from "unhealthy" narcissism.

What Guilt Has to Do With Embracing Your Authentic Self

Guilt is part of having a conscience and of being a loving, caring person. Screwing up and then making peace with yourself is exactly what it means to be on a spiritual journey.
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Proactive Ways to Deal with Depression

By Sarah Fader on May 23, 2017 in Panic Life
Living with clinical depression can feel exhausting. I know firsthand how hard depression hits people, and I can empathize with this feeling of exhaustion and hopelessness.

What My OCD and I Are Packing for Our Trip to France

By Shala Nicely on May 23, 2017 in Beyond the Doubt
I have yet to go on a vacation where my OCD didn’t want to come along. If I want to have fun, there are four items...in fact, four keys...that I do not want to leave home without.
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Life Lessons I Learned From Ants

By Judith Fein on May 22, 2017 in Life Is a Trip
Instead of killing ants, talk to them. It really works.

Are You Even Being?

Most people are detached from either themselves, nature, or even their close relationships. Others are treated as objects. This results in what existentialists call non-being.

Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth Soothes Self-Help Fatigue

Has your self-help turned into self-criticism?
Hope A. Perlman

Use the Scaffolding of Success to Deal with Distraction

By Hope Perlman on May 17, 2017 in Unmapped Country
Current events are inconveniencing me, Readers. They are preventing me from splashing happily in my bath. They are keeping me from focusing with laser-like concentration on work.

Employee Recognition

Several of your employees deserve a raise, but you simply don’t have it in the budget at this point. What would you do if you were the boss in this situation?

13 Reasons Why: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Learn the good, the bad and the ugly about Netflix's "13 Reasons Why."

Upstream vs. Downstream

Which metaphor best describes how to approach life: swim upstream against the current or swim downstream with the current?

Is Greatness Communicable?

By Laura Deutsch on May 14, 2017 in Memory Catcher
It wasn’t until I sat near Marcello Mastroianni in Rome that my knees turned to water. I hadn't been phased by Elvis or Dustin Hoffman. What was happening to me now?
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The Silent Church Failed Me When I Was Suicidal

By Sarah Fader on May 13, 2017 in Panic Life
The stigma surrounding mental illness, especially in Christian communities, keeps people locked in prisons of shame, refusing to admit that they need help.

Leaning Into Yourself: Abandoning Fear & Embracing Yourself

With graduation and Mother’s Day upon us, here's one hell of an oversimplified recipe for recovery.

How a Heartbroken Grandmother Touched Me

She lost her grandson to rat bite fever, yet she chose to be positive and to seek long-lasting change.
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A Quandary of Loss

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on May 10, 2017 in Unspeakable Gifts
The sudden loss of a troubled close friend makes me wonder: How do we carry his gifts forward?

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch 13 Reasons Why

By Sarah Fader on May 08, 2017 in Panic Life
13 Reasons Why is a series that candidly discusses bullying, teen suicide, sexual assault, and illuminates what it's like to be a teenager in this technology-centric generation.

Suicide: In Hindsight

How does it feel to lose someone close to suicide? What should watcj for so it doesn't happen to you?

When is it Okay to "Lie"?

By Laura Deutsch on May 05, 2017 in Memory Catcher
The answer may surprise you. Should you stick to facts when writing memoir or merge events and rename characters to protect their privacy?
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Endings and Beginnings

It is inconceivable that along with my office, I am now facing the dismantling of a role that has joyfully defined me for decades.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

What is key to being resilient? Being S.M.A.R.T.

Fear As We See It Now

By Patricia Prijatel on May 01, 2017 in All Is Well
What do we mean when we use the word "fear"? As it turns out, we are mostly afraid of fear itself. Also, debt, heights, death, nitrates, China, long words, God,and one another.

Dating Tips for Love and Sex Addicts, Continued

By Kerry Cohen on May 01, 2017 in Loose Girl
We are drawn to situations where we can both relive and attempt to heal our pain. In this way, every relationship is an opportunity.

How to Help Your Depressed Friend

By Sarah Fader on May 01, 2017 in Panic Life
Depression is hard, but you can support a friend through it.

Worried About Safety? Join the Club

By Dale M. Kushner on April 29, 2017 in Transcending the Past
When do you feel safe? In this anxious time, I take an informal survey of the many things that make us feel safe and unsafe.

I Have Misophonia: Why Am I Always Tired and What Can I Do?

By Jennifer Brout Psy.D on April 28, 2017 in Noises Off
Do you or a loved one suffer from misophonia? Find out why people with misophonia may feel continually fatigued.

What Makes You Cry?

By Judith Fein on April 28, 2017 in Life Is a Trip
Why you cry may not be because you are unhappy.