Mindbody Keep Moving

MINDBODY—KEEP MOVING Evidently, even Dr. Travis Stork, a co-host of a program called The Doctors—I do not have a television, but I assume this is so—says the best prophylaxis against disease and hope for good health is to move more. This is not news—the research came out at least five to ten years ago, it […]

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Baby Boomer Suicides

BABY BOOMER SUICIDES Once again I turn to research for a column. And once again I turn to the Los Angeles Times for recent findings that the suicide rate for folk from ages thirty-five to sixty-four years is 28% higher in 2010 than in 1999. Moreover, suicide rates increased forty-eight per cent for folk from […]

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And Yet More Mindfulness

AND YET MORE MINDFULNESS Breathing, that is, the thoughtful, mindful breathing we can choose to do, as opposed to the mind-less, thought-less breathing we do when we are harried and stressed, or bored and somnambulant, actually changes our brain chemistry, creating a sense of calm and even power. I am going to share three ways […]

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And Yet More Development

AND YET MORE DEVELOPMENT Erik Erikson’s developmental schema was unique for having an oppositional nature at each level, or stage, where the outcome could be positive or negative, and each outcome could prejudice the next stage. Erikson was also unique in that his stages include the adult years, up to old age and death. Erikson […]

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More Development

MORE DEVELOPMENT Erik Erikson’s developmental stages are important because they include adult development and because each stage allows a person to conclude the stage on either a positive or negative note. The second stage is early childhood, eighteen months to three years, and its hallmark is autonomy or shame, meaning a child completes the stage […]

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Developmental Stages In The Therapist’s Office

DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES IN THE THERAPIST’S OFFICE Most of us are aware that infants do not ride bicycles, nor do toddlers do geometry.  Yet elementary school-age children can whiz by on bikes, and adolescents work through geometry problems.  So infants and children and adolescents seem to develop lots of skills through those early years. And, most […]

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Our Hierarchy Of Needs And More

OUR HIERARCHY OF NEEDS AND MORE Once again, back in the 1940’s and 1950’s of our most recent century—yes! Stuff was happening back then—a psychologist, Abraham Maslow, wrote that humans needed to experience and move through various modes in life in order to become most fulfilled. Maslow’s first condition was the biological and physical meeting […]

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More Mindfulness

MORE MINDFULNESS Meditation stands out as the hallmark of mindfulness. Vipassana  meditation is the meditation most closely associated with Buddhism, perhaps honoring Buddha’s forty days and forty nights under the Bodhi tree. Vipassana is one of those phenomena which is oh so “simple” in theory, and oh so not “easy” in practice. The simplicity of […]

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Intros VS Extros In The Counselor’s Office

INTROS VS EXTROS IN THE COUNSELOR’S OFFICE Contrary to popular belief, Introverts are not terminally shy, taking meds for social anxiety, and hiding behind the potted palm at a social gathering. Rather, Introverts more than hold their own in social venues,  enjoying time with others one-on-one, and so happy to take frequent breaks away from […]

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Greed

GREED The wealthiest of the wealthiest folk in our country, 7% of our population, through the past economic recovery—since mid-2009—have increased their wealth by about 30%.  Imagine, millions of dollars and even billions of dollars growing by 30%? In the meantime the other 93% of us have declined in the “wealth” statistics by about 4%.  […]

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