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lgbtq-awareness-using-culturally-sensitive-terminology
Prior to Alfred Kinsey’s acclaimed research on sexual behavior, it was commonly accepted that sexuality was a dichotomous concept. Kinsey and his team conducted thousands of interviews on people’s sexual behavior and created a heterosexual-homosexual rating scale ranging from exclusively heterosexual (0) to exclusively homosexual (6) with an additional category for those who did not report any...
grit-the-power-of-passion-and-perseverance
Many people suffer from atychiphobia and they are not aware of it.  What is atychiphobia you may ask? It is the devastating fear of failure.  You may not believe it yourself that you are suffering from a fear of failure but has there ever been a time when you did not volunteer to give a presentation that landed someone else a big promotion?  Have you ever been told to apply for a job that you k...
how-to-increase-relationship-closeness-through-conflict
All involve having difficult conversations. Marital therapist John Gottman states, "conflict in marriage is inevitable" and "although we tend to equate a low level of conflict with happiness, a lasting relationship results from a couple’s ability to manage the conflicts". It seems that what differentiates disagreements from being normal to unhealthy is whether partners feel heard and understood...
coping-with-social-anxiety-around-the-holidays
Social anxiety is a disorder that affects more than 15 million Americans each year. The disorder can lead to people have a very difficult time spending time with others and being in social situations. It often leads people to feel anxious of being judged or ridiculed by other people, lowers self-esteem, makes it hard for them to communicate with others, and gives a general sense of uneasiness for...
steps-to-reducing-stress-this-holiday-season
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” is something we often hear around the holiday season. The holidays are said to bring joy and happiness to each individual and are meant to be a time to relax with loved ones, but what if that isn’t the case for everyone? What if the holidays trigger stress and anxiety? It is not uncommon to reach a point during the holidays in which you’re read...
setting-smart-goals-for-your-new-years-resolutions
The New Year is a time of change and improvement. Along with the change of a new year comes a fresh start and a clean slate. Around the end of December most people start thinking about their New Year’s resolutions and what they would like to improve on or change come January. It has become a common theme that most people do not follow through with their resolutions and they end up ditching them...
miscarriage-infertility-and-depression
Just like many newly married couples, my husband and I set a tentative timeline for having children.  We wanted to wait -- explore the world, fulfill personal goals and accomplishments – deciding to start a family on our terms.  But as I watched my sister struggle with infertility, being diagnosed as pre-menopausal in her early thirties, I realized that getting pregnant on my timeline may not...
finding-effective-communication-through-the-classic-sitcom
Growing up throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, like many others, I loved the classic sitcom.  I could not wait to see the next typical, tawdry storyline. The episodes were framed around these interestingly, unusual blended families and starts with a character introducing their current-life dilemma. The scene regularly involves the character desperately trying to solve their problems in crea...
empathy-versus-sympathy
A colleague of mine recently suggested I view Dr. Brene’ Brown’s video illustration on the difference between empathy vs. sympathy -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz1g1SpD9Zo. I found it so powerful that I continue to internally refer back to it almost on a daily basis. The video highlights how, many times, people often confuse sympathetic and emphatic responses in an effort to support o...
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