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Blog posts : "mind"

The Four Faces of Nostalgia: Tis the Season

December 9, 2012
Have you ever read a quote that makes an instant, permanent path in your neural network? It might be the words of Frank Zappa, “It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” 

From then on, the …

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Happiness: Increasing yours is not a daydream

October 21, 2012

It seems that even when listening to music, working on a craft, enjoying a walk, or a conversation our thinking mind spends up to 70% of that time daydreaming, or wandering away from what we are doing (presidential debates excluded?). This is not to say that all daydreaming is useless, but i…

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Stress less: Easy ways to be still without sitting still

October 14, 2012

We usually use the word stillness to indicate lack of movement, but stillness can also be the lack of apparent movement. A top spinning so quickly that it appears still illustrates how stillness can be motion-without-conflict; conflict would make the top wobble. 

The stillness of motion-wi…

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Golf and life: Winning the mind game

September 30, 2012

Scanning information on golf psychology confirms that, without doubt, life is a game. The primary mental mistakes that golfers make are the same mistakes we all make while schlepping through our days. 

What separates great golfers from the average weekend hacker is avoiding the mental pond…

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PTSD: Looking from the inside out

September 25, 2012

Knowing the symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) gives us an idea of what having it is like, but reading a list of symptoms does not trigger our emotions. With words we share concepts. We understand or empathize with each other because we share the same emotional language. 

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Suicide in the military: Operation prevention

September 16, 2012

The primary reason for death in the US Army is not vehicle accidents or combat; it is suicide.  

Army suicides rose 18% during the first six months of 2012, when compared to the same period in 2011. In the 26 year period of 1977 to 2003 there were 80% fewer suicides than between 2004 and 200…

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Who are you? Sorting through your clothes can be a revelation

September 3, 2012

Miguel de Cervantes wrote, “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” He obviously never sorted through a closet stuffed with years of accumulated clothes (probably too busy with windmills). The way we do or do not let go of items we own tells us…

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The mental game of gymnastics and relationships

August 4, 2012

The mental discipline that gymnasts demonstrate is amazing. They have a fair amount of downtime waiting for their turn on an event, and that is when anxious thoughts easily erupt.

It takes guts to put so much time and training on the line, especially a line that is stretched around the worl…

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The What, Why, and Who of Math Anxiety

August 2, 2012

If you have math anxiety, your issue with solving number problems may have nothing to do with your math capability, or a disdain of numbers. A study done in England reveals it might have a little to do with your gender, however.

Researchers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities define math …

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Migraines and depression: Brain pain and emotional pain somehow linked

July 20, 2012

It seems that everything can be correlated to an increased risk of depression, but sometimes the increased risk is significant enough to warrant an alert. If you are a female and currently experience migraine headaches, or have a history of migraines, you are 40% more likely to develop sympt…

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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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Obamacare, mental health, and what is normal anyway?

June 30, 2012

When you work in mental health the question of what is and isn’t normal always floats in the back caverns of the mind, waiting for another opportunity to ask itself. A more interesting question is, “Why do people put up with so many things that a sensible and even partly compassionate person…

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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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The dance of diabetes and depression: Why you should learn the steps

June 8, 2012

Type 2 diabetes and depression have some things in common. They share the risk factors of obesity, inactivity, family history, blood pressure problems, and coronary artery disease. Some signs of very high or low blood sugar are also depressive symptoms, such as anxiety, fatigue, irritability…

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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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Holocaust: The heart turned inside out

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 — Mixed in with today’s media buzz about the NFL draft, hockey suspensions, political wars, and current scandals, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is the memory of the Holocaust as strong today as it was 40 or 50 years ago? That is unlikely, but it is a part of histor…

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Tax deadline spotlights procrastination: Nuisance habit or problem?

April 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2012 - Some of us remember one or both parents hovering over tax forms, a pencil in their mouth, madly punching numbers into a mechanical calculator. Somehow, they managed to stuff the IRS envelope and make it to the post office before midnight on April 15th, year after…

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Things get better: Let your heart know depression will pass

April 9, 2012

The sun shines on everyone. It is no respecter of persons. None of us receive light because we deserve it, but because we are in the path of the sun’s rays. That is rather humbling when you consider it. Individuals may become as special or important as they can, and the sun will not grant th…

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Masters: The game of letting go

April 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012 - Those of us who have tasted at least one “perfect” golf swing understand the pure pleasure of it. That slice of perfect mind and body coordination is the carrot at the end of every beginning and intermediate player’s club. Never mind that there are a minimum of 2,…

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Happiness: Mega millions, pleasure and gratification

April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2012 - Winning mega millions in the lottery touches on the subject of happiness. Or does it? It might be more accurate to say that it touches on the ease of obtaining pleasure. Mega money buys us pleasurable goods and experiences, and there is nothing wrong with that. Th…

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