• Psychology

    Masks 

    by Published on 03-15-2014 01:39 PM  Number of Views: 703 
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    In a Personalities class I took while getting my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, I was asked to answer the following question based on our reading: Are we a composite of different "masks,"or is there a real "you" underneath the masks? This was my response, and how I relate it to coaching.

    The short answer is yes to both. We’re a composite of different masks, or personas, and, there’s a real you, or authentic self, underneath. Some masks may reflect that true self accurately, and others may not. This is something we want to distinguish in coaching because it is empowering.

    Carl Jung is noted for what he calls archetypes, or emotional symbols or images common to all people (i.e. the hero, the wise old man, the trickster ...
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    2. Relationships,
    3. Conflict Mgmt,
    4. Change Mgmt,
    5. Couples,
    6. Family,
    7. Parents,
    8. Therapy,
    9. Stress,
    10. Children
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    Thought for the Day: Even after years of working in the field, it is still hard to watch couples struggling with the impact of an affair on their marriages. The sense of betrayal, loss of trust, hurt and anger are unavoidable emotions for the person whose spouse has cheated. The guilt, remorse and self-deprecation of the transgressor also go with the territory. When they come in for therapy after an affair, they are both unsure whether their marriage can be repaired or whether they want to fix it. After I hear what has transpired and get a history of their relationship, here's what I tell them before starting in couples therapy, based on what I have learned from working with couples who have been in their shoes.

    I do not know whether they will be able to repair ...
    by Published on 11-26-2013 10:31 PM  Number of Views: 120 
    1. Categories:
    2. Creativity/Art,
    3. Therapy,
    4. Education
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    I define art therapy as the use of art materials to externalize one’s inner world for the purpose self-inquiry, transformation, and integration. These days we hear a lot of “it’s not about the product; it’s all about the process.” Sure, I love the process arts, and the process of creating art is deeply significant; AND that’s just half of the journey that takes place within an art therapy session. After the art is created, a third entity enters the therapy room, joining the therapist and client, and that entity is the art product, and it also matters – deeply.


    Process: Creating art

    The creative process begins with the nebulous ingredients of emotions, thoughts, ideas, and unconscious urges. Through the application of art materials, these unseen ...
    by Published on 11-13-2013 11:35 AM
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    2. Self Help,
    3. Couples,
    4. Anxiety
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    Do you hover over your spouse while they’re doing housework or completing other important tasks around the house? Do you take more than your share of responsibility for things in your ADHD relationship? Do you find it is just easier to get things done if you micro-manage your partner’s schedule or better yet, do it yourself? Have you tried nagging, pleading even anger to try and motivate your partner to get things done.* *If so, you may be a helicopter partner!

    Most of the time, a helicopter partner is borne from years of frustration while waiting for job after job or task after task to get completed. Or from a well-founded fear that an important piece of something will be missed in the disorganization, lack of planning or seeming lack of structure typical of ...
    by Published on 11-11-2013 04:14 PM
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    2. Anxiety
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    1. Orient in the room: look around slowly with a soft gaze, let your eyes go where they want to go and stay there as long as you need. It can be the folding of a drape, a piece of molding, a flower in a vase, a detail of the carpet. Look at anything that helps settle the activation in your system. Feel it in your body, feel yourself getting more grounded, getting settled. Let your body take advantage of the “physiology” of the environment. If the anxiety is in panic attack mode, focus on a very small detail of an object, not on a large view of the room. It will pass.
    2. Name out loud 5 things you can see, touch, smell, hear or taste where you are: it serves the same purpose as orienting. Feel how the system settles in your body.
    3. Name all the objects that have the color
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    by Published on 11-09-2013 11:09 AM

    “I think I have ADHD,” a client told me. “I seem to have all the symptoms! But, is there a test? How can I know for sure?”

    Wanting and expecting their to be a physical “test” for ADHD is something that seems to come at a time in our medical history when many of the scientific advancements have made it possible for us to “see” what is happening in our bodies by changes in our blood, urine and even our breath. We live in a time when we can look through our skin to our bones with x-rays and it seems to make sense that we should be able to have a test that shows similar evidence of ADHD. The problem is, we don’t, really.

    The brain is an amazing organ of our body. Science has made it possible to view the structure of the brain with imaging devices allowing us to even have ...
    by Published on 11-01-2013 11:11 AM
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    As an Italian-American woman who has lived in several international locations, I’ve accepted that American men are much more emotionally distant than males from other cultures.

    I’m not alone in this. Throngs of women have confessed to feeling neglected by their aloof, workaholic husbands. Several of my closest girlfriends have admitted that their relationships are steeped in loneliness. Google “emotionally distant men” and you’ll find whole discussion groups dedicated solely to women complaining that their lives are loveless and sexless, thanks to the devotion many American men have to their careers. Numerous therapists have confirmed it. In our brilliant, beloved country, a significant number of men spend more time and energy on their professions than ...
    by Published on 07-31-2013 10:04 AM
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    2. Transpersonal
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    Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.
    Holotropic Experiences and Their Healing and Heuristic Potential.
    Stanislav Grof, M.D.


    The source of observations explored in this article has been long-term systematic study of what academic psychiatry calls 'altered' or 'non-ordinary states of consciousness.' The primary focus of this research was on experiences that represent a useful source of data about the human psyche and on those that have a healing, transformative, and evolutionary potential. For this purpose, the term 'non-ordinary states of consciousness' is too general; it includes a wide range of conditions that are not interesting or relevant from this point of view.

    This article summarizes observations focusing on a large and important subgroup ...
    by Published on 05-10-2013 03:46 PM  Number of Views: 377 
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    2. Sociology,
    3. Family,
    4. Parents,
    5. Women,
    6. Research
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    This is a two-part report on some of the studies from a variety of disciplines presented at the Museum of Motherhood's Conference: A New Motherhood? Evolving Policies, Practices, and Families.

    Part I is a brief synopsis of several studies which raise questions about the state of modern mothers around the world.

    Part II relates to how the marketing of motherhood, society's expectations and practices impact on mothers navigating their way as parents. Are mothers being expected to accept what marketers and medical professionals tell them about motherhood instead of being listened to by professionals to understand what motherhood means?

    Feel free to ask questions. If I don't know the answer, I will contact the presenters and find out. As you can see the ...
    by Published on 03-29-2013 03:48 PM  Number of Views: 413 
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    2. Relationships,
    3. Sociology,
    4. Couples,
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    Psychologists believe that love is:
    a) a biological phenomenon
    b) a learned behavior
    c) a motivational drive
    d) a social phenomenon
    e) a basic emotion
    f) a) & d)
    g) b) & d)



    I must admit, first that the post is not about sex and lies, but about love and psychology. I simply liked the sound of the title & hoped it would make people curious and click to read this article. My second admission, will be no surprise to those of you following this series, since I already told you that I dislike multiple choice questions. I thought about adding another possible answer, but thought it would make the quiz too easy. An added option, h) a), b), c), d) & e), is the actual answer.

    Psychologists understand & ...

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