Well Being

A Power Struggle: Sexual Harrassment

There are two types of sexual harassment. People who have experienced the first type may not realize the huge psychological impact of the second type. Perpetrators of the first type of sexual harassment are seen as pests, teases, or irritants. They don’t have power over you, and you can easily…
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The Truth about Football

A friend and I were marveling at the people who love to watch football from the very beginning of the season. We agreed that our interest in football was not nearly so constant and was directly proportional to what was at stake. For us, the playoffs and Superbowl could be…
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Holiday Mindfulness

What do the holidays mean to you? Are they about cooking up a storm, blowing the budget, worrying about everybody’s feelings, and losing sleep over what you’ve still got to get done? For those of us who feel compelled to please others, the holidays can be not only physically but…
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Winter Insights

If you’re like me, you may react to autumn’s shorter days with a desire to push back and prolong summer. As I notice the shadows starting earlier outside my office window, I realize I won’t get my outside walk at the end of the day. Nor will there be the…
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Learning from Nature

Every time I have a major dilemma in life, I seek out nature. It is an ancient urge to return to something wiser than myself. If I walk in nature or just go outside, the noise falls away and leaves clarity behind. It’s as if my brain needs to commune…
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Rules for Living

Values and opinions guide our lives and give us rules for living. Usually we pick up our values in childhood from our families, blindly swallowing other people’s opinions without question. Many of us graduate to adulthood still following these hand-me-down beliefs. But without questioning and developing our own values and…
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Such a Little Thing

As a psychotherapist, I often hear something along the lines of “I feel so stupid, this is such a little thing, but…” My ears perk up because this sheepishness tells me we are about to get into some very crucial stuff. Most of the time what follows has something to…
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