Thoughts: Friend or Foe – Part 4

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In this series, we are taking a look at some of the most common ways our thoughts can become distorted, causing us to feel depressed, bad about ourselves, negative or hopeless.  In this final installment, we will take a look at Filtering. Filtering occurs when you “filter” out the positives … Read More

Thoughts: Friend or Foe? – Part 3

In this series, we are taking a look at some of the most common ways our thought process can become distorted, causing us to feel depressed, bad about ourselves, negative or hopeless. One of the most common patterns is Catastrophic Thinking, or “Catastrophizing”. This occurs when your thoughts automatically go … Read More

Emotional Healing

Sadness. Anger. Frustration. Loneliness. Helplessness. Grief. These are all universal emotional experiences. Many people don’t want to allow themselves to feel these emotions, and so often in our culture there is not room for you to feel them. You feel pressure to continue through your day to day routine, looking … Read More

Thoughts: Friend or Foe? – Part 2

In this series, we are taking a look at some of the most common ways our thought process can become distorted, causing us to feel depressed, bad about ourselves, negative or hopeless. One of the most common patterns is All or Nothing (Black and White) thinking. One way this often … Read More

Identity: Who Are You?

Personal identity is a tricky thing. We are always growing, always changing individuals, and just as soon as you think you’ve got yourself all figured out, a new situation or life stage begins and you have to get to know yourself all over again. Our identities are often difficult to … Read More

Thoughts: Friend or Foe?

Our minds are tricky things. We have the capability to think through complex problems, feel empathy for our friends and family, and be amused by a ridiculous YouTube video all within the space of an hour. We have a huge capacity to learn, to explore new ideas and viewpoints, and … Read More

Cognitive Neuroscience Part 4: Teaching an old dog new tricks

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Twenty years ago, most physicians, psychologists and researchers believed that the human brain stopped developing after a certain age. The brain could grow and change during childhood or adolescence, but not adulthood. On the surface, this makes sense. It is sometimes difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. However, most … Read More

Cracking the Code

Consciously or unconsciously, we each have a code we live by, a set of principles, beliefs, values, habits, and biases around which we make decisions and form opinions. In fact, the lack of either a cohesive code or a harmony between that code and subsequent behavior is a prominent source of anxiety. Equally stressful is trying to live by a code adopted through force or assimilation.