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Blog posts : "feelings"

How Our Words and Feelings Influence Each Other

July 6, 2014

Maybe you have noticed that many positively charged words contain the “i” sound (e.g., like, high), while many negatively charged words have an “o” sound (e.g. lonely, low).

Some scientists noticed this is true in many languages, and wondered why. Their research shows that the way our mouth…

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Solid, Liquid, Gas: Water Can Teach Us Thought Management

September 3, 2013

We know that water can be a solid, liquid or gas. That makes water an excellent metaphor or illustration for thoughts, which can also be a solid, liquid or gas.

What we feel has much to do with how we think. Knowing the difference between “types” of thoughts can help us manage our depression, anxie…

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Managing depression: Tips from a cantankerous counselor

July 6, 2012

No matter why you are depressed, it is certain that your ego mind will contribute as much mud as it is allowed to throw. It will sling thoughts such as:

1. I’m stupid
2. I don’t matter, nothing matters, nothing I do matters
3. I hate myself
4. Nobody cares, including me
5. I shouldn’t be angr…

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Helping A Friend Who Is Grieving

July 5, 2012

The death of a loved one sends people on a bittersweet inner journey they would rather not take. When the journeyer is a friend most of us would like to be of help. What does that mean?

Sometimes we keep our distance because we feel awkward or do not want to get in the way. Others of us, with…

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Child sex offenders: Sub-human or all too human?

June 22, 2012

You might think separating fact from fiction about child sex offenders to be a waste of time. If people are found guilty of this crime, does it matter if what we believe about them is myth? Setting feelings aside, there are a couple good reasons why we need to see abusers realistically. 

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Crohn’s and depression: If it isn’t one end it’s the other

June 17, 2012

Receiving a diagnosis of any illness can knock the wind out of us. It takes a while to breath normally again. We may experience symptoms of depression while we adjust to the chronic diagnosis and learn to manage it. After a period of adjustment, the depressive symptoms usually diminish, but …

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Divorce: Empower yourself by separating feeling and fact

May 16, 2012

An important thing to remember when going through a  divorce is that feelings serve a purpose but are not fact. Feelings are based on our inner reality while facts are shared observations over time.

It may be impossible to completely separate thought from emotion but humans can see thing…

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NATO, family, or friends: Feelings are not facts

May 16, 2012

Imagine living back in the day when our Sun revolved around the Earth. Then, along comes a guy who says, “We have it wrong, the Earth twirls about the Sun.”

It may take years for that idea to trend its way throughout the land and reach your hamlet but when it does, yipes.

If you were a f…

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Relationships: Can You Have Faith in Someone Who Disappoints You?

January 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2012 – What does it mean to tell someone you have faith in them?

PART ONE: How Could She?
Marie is a 48 year old mother of two young adults. After 26 years of marriage Marie divorced her husband and moved a few states away to be with someone else. Family and friends event…

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Christmas: Don't clean it up too quickly

December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, December 24, 2011 –Anticipation of the Christmas celebration lifts the human spirit. Preparation takes time and effort, but most of us do it even as we complain. It is a pleasure giving gifts and delightful to get them. People we seldom see may be with us which makes up for being wit…

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How Christmas Toys with Our Emotions

December 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dcember 15, 2011–December can be a mixed bag of feelings and emotions for anyone, but especially for those who celebrate Christmas. The holidays send your emotional self in several directions, some more pleasant than others. Being aware of all that tugs the heart-strings during the C…

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