Navigating Through Healthy and Unhealthy Guilt

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We all have experienced feeling guilty about something we did, we said, or a decision we made. Guilt is a complicated emotion that has two sides: healthy and unhealthy. In general, guilt is an emotional warning sign that most of us develop early on in childhood development. Its purpose is to make us aware of […]

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Can Too Much Social Media Cause Depression?

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Most of us are familiar with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  It’s easy for us to get caught up in the social world, feeling instantly connected to people that we may not have spoken to in years. Hours of our time can be spent witnessing our friends’ family vacations, children’s momentous […]

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4 Steps To Making Smarter Life Decisions

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Did you ever think back on some of the important decisions you made in your life and wonder ‘What was I thinking?’ Bad decisions and actions could be a result of a failure to use emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence  (EQ) is essentially the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in an effective and positive way. […]

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It’s OK to be Angry: How to Avoid Repression and Aggression

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Anger is an emotion we are all familiar with. We have all felt it at times either as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. When we feel anger, we experience this feeling physically and emotionally. Physically, our bodies react with visceral responses such as increases in heart rate, rapid breathing, perspiration and our ancestral […]

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How to Conquer Self-Esteem Issues

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Self-esteem is a psychological term that defines our general evaluation of our overall worth as an individual, based on our own personal judgments of and attitude towards ourselves. Self-esteem also encompasses the emotions we feel towards ourselves, such as pride and triumph or feelings of despair and shame. In a nutshell, self-esteem is the judgments […]

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Understanding the Victim Mentality

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All of us have felt victimized at some point or another in our lives. At these times we may feel taken advantage of, wronged by another person and/or circumstance, or that life is simply just unfair. The victim stance is a powerful one—the victim believes he or she is always morally right, is not responsible […]

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Managing Back-to-School Stress and Anxiety For the Whole Family

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With fall just around the corner, many families begin to experience a growing sense of anxiety over getting back into the busy school routine. The morning rush, the homework, and the myriad of after-school activities quickens our pace of life and is a stark contrast to the quintessential lazy summer days of no schedules or […]

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Expectations vs. Reality: How to Let Go of Perfectionism

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Overview Perfectionism is characterized as a personality trait in which a person strives for flawlessness in all parts of life. Perfectionists have unattainably high standards for themselves. They are exceedingly concerned about others’ evaluation of them, hardly ever satisfied with their performance, and blame themselves for when things go wrong–even when they are not directly […]

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