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Getting to Contentment

There are countless self-help books on how to attain happiness. For many people suffering from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, the idea of getting to a state of happiness can seem too far-fetched.  So I have a proposition: take...

“They used me, I am so upset”

Many of us have experienced manipulation at one point or time in our lives. Sometimes, we were the ones who manipulated others, such as asking parents for their car when we said we had to rush to a friend whose...

That’s What She Said

In our society we are bombarded with sexual images and sexual messages. It would appear that we are a sexually liberated society. But how relevant are those images and messages to our own personal sexuality? Are they a true reflection...

Coping with Stress

What is Stress?
Stress can be defined by any change that a person must adapt to in their ever changing world. Stress is a part of every day life and is unavoidable. It can arise from both positive and negative experiences...

Job’s Friends and Jesus Weeping: Ways We Block Intimacy Part I

Job 2:11-13; John 11:32-36
 
The foundation of healthy intimacy is true interdependence, which requires a solid sense of self. That is, an awareness and allowance of our own experience so that we can share it with another, and also be open...

What is PTSD?

As you may know, PTSD stands for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” In the most recently published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), PTSD is included in the chapter entitled “Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.” The...

The Road Less Traveled

Many people are speeding through life on a road that resembles a superhighway, gaining great distances at amazing speeds.  Our society encourages achievement and success based on external rewards.  The message is that if we work hard enough and if...

Understanding Anger

George was on his 10th year of working at a law firm.  He devoted his life, neglected relationships, and sometimes missed out on significant moments with his family all so that one day he could become a partner at this...

Tangled

Have you ever pulled out a string of Christmas lights only to find them wound up in a tight knot?  Or have you ever taken a necklace out of your jewelry box to find it completely intertwined?  Sometimes just looking...

How to Listen to Your Emotions

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt irritable, overly tired, or had difficulty dealing with your regular daily routine and were unsure why you felt that way? More often than not, we can determine what is...