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  • Therapeutic Humor

    While therapy is serious business and hard work, humor transforms the experience. Frequently my sessions with clients include gigantic peels of laughter. Humor is Medicine Laughter is common in our office, and I believe it speaks to our ability as therapists. Self-deprecating humor builds the relationship with a new client and helps him feel comfortable.…

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  • Surprising Knowledge About My Ideal Weight Changes Everything

    Learning about my real ideal weight was the biggest surprise this year. It wasn’t just a surprise – it was a massive revelation that changed everything. My Ideal Weight Back-story Like pretty much any woman in the developed world, I have had a rocky relationship with my physical form. Pretty much forever. I hit puberty…

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  • Giving To Others Improves Your Mood

    When our mood is low, giving to others can seem pointless and way too hard. Our impulse is to hide, avoiding others and withdrawing to soothe ourselves or indulge our bad mood. Yet humankind has known for centuries that helping others makes us feel good too. Understanding How Giving to Others Improves Your Mood Augustine…

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  • Weird Responses to Richard Armitage Post

    Reactions to my blog post about Richard Armitage caught me off-guard in good and bad ways. Ladies who attended the Social Media Dames Un-conference will recall my brief presentation on the value of good content, even when it’s about a celebrity crush. I ran out of time to walk about the weird and unexpected responses I got…

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  • How to Suggest Someone See a Therapist

    How to suggest someone see a therapist. We’ve all been there. Part of being a friend or a family member means that you support the people around you through challenges in their lives. But sometimes, we don’t feel like we can help someone as much as we want to. Maybe that’s because there are stresses…

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  • Menagerie Macabre Invites Enjoyment of Horror

    Menagerie Macabre beautifully, comprehensively lives up to the title. From the first notes of the opening solo being sung by a disembodies voice the audience is sweetly put off-kilter. There is a serious conflict between the sweet, soaring soprano and the old hag on the stage – yet they are the same. I watched this performance…

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  • “Getting By” Means Survival Only

    A child growing up in chaos becomes a survivor. The reason for the chaos doesn’t really matter. There are many possibilities: an addicted or alcoholic parent, sexual abuse, unexpected or early death of a parent or sibling, poverty, physical abuse, bullying, distant and emotionally unavailable parenting, adoption, or physical illness. This child learns the world…

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  • Changing Our Behavior

    Changing our behavior is hard. So hard, in fact, this post will barely scratch the surface. I doubt there is anyone alive who doesn’t want to change something about their life — a relationship, a job, a nagging thought, an eating habit, a sleeping habit, etc. Most of you reading this post can probably make…

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  • What is rape? What is sex?

    What is rape? Well, what is sex? If rape is sex without consent, then we have to define sex before we can define rape. A legal case in Ohio is currently revealing confusion about what counts as rape. Many of us (especially those under 40!) believe sex is only about vaginal intercourse/sexual intercourse. Remember President…

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