Tag Archives: Adaptation

Peace of Mind and the Zeigarnik Effect

A lot of what I do in psychotherapy involves helping people deal with unpleasant, disturbing, recurrent thoughts about events in the past that did not end well or that have unanswered questions. Relationship endings, job failures, bad choices, serious accidents, losses, etc. Most of the thoughts are about normal but unfortunate human events. When thoughts about […]

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Behavior change is difficult

Your mind works like this. It is really hard, at times, to learn new ways of doing something you’ve done for a long time. Behavior change is difficult. It requires focus, persistence, and patience. Watch the short video- it’s a cool way to illustrate the point.    

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Get out of hell and stay out of hell- Building a life worth living.

This is the bottom line. One size does not fit all when it comes to therapy.

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The Two Discriminations

The human mind is awesome. Humans can create wonderful, glorious things. We have the ability to think abstractly and intuitively- we can imagine things and possibilities far beyond what is here at the moment. Language, our verbal world, gives us the means to communicate, contemplate, compare, evaluate—all the stuff you need to do to write […]

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Ways to build resilience

How can we better adapt to life’s changes? Unpleasant stuff happens to us all eventually. Illness, death, disappointment, betrayal, disaster, fear, and on and on. Such is the stuff that our human lives are periodically made of. Some of us can seemingly bounce back from anything. Others of us get crushed by something that looks minor […]

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