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Taking Time for Relationship Checkups

Talk therapy, especially psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy, is a naturally reflective process; it’s one of the most important aspects of sitting down every week with a therapist and talking about anything and everything that comes up. It forces us to reflect on our most prominent thoughts and feelings, life events and relationships – especially our […]

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How to Deal with Life’s Difficulties and Become More Resilient (3 of 3)

In the previous two posts, we discussed how dealing with emotional pain and discomfort is inevitable, and how responding to these uncomfortable feelings and thoughts with avoidance is often what keeps us stuck in old, unhelpful patterns of behavior. Now let’s talk about how we might learn to confront these problems so that we can

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How to Deal with Life’s Difficulties and Become More Resilient (2 of 3)

As discussed in Part I of this blog, emotional pain and suffering is unavoidable, despite our best efforts. One of the primary tools in the human arsenal to protect against these uncomfortable feelings is avoidance. We all do it to some extent. For instance: What do we do when we are uncomfortable with confrontation? We

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How to Deal with Life’s Difficulties and Become More Resilient (1 of 3)

Let’s be honest – at times, life is at best uncomfortable and at worst filled with unbearable pain.  Our relationships become contentious or unsatisfying, our jobs can be unfulfilling or taken away from us, we can fall victim to manipulative, mean-spirited people who would do us physical or emotional harm, and people and pets we

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