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Balancing Power in your Relationships

We tend not to think of our interpersonal relationships, especially our intimate/romantic ones, in terms of power dynamics. After all, we are sophisticated human beings who operate on advanced intellectual and moral principles such as fairness, reason, justice, and democracy, not apes wandering the jungle trying to dominate and control.

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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

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How to Deal with Toxic Families

Now that you’ve made it through the holidays and begun to settle back into your routines, it’s a good time to reflect on your holiday experiences, especially as they relate to family. For some, the holidays are a time of joy and warmth and re-connection with family. For others, not

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How Mindfulness Can Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

A lot has been written recently about “mindfulness”. It’s a hot topic, for sure. But even though it contains the word “mind”, there is a direct connection to our hearts as well, which is rarely talked about. “Mindfulness”, for the purposes of this article, means increasing our awareness. In this

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Therapy: Clearing our Emotional Debris

A few months ago I was on my way to an early-morning hike on a cloudy Saturday morning. The night before some fierce storms had passed through the area; I remember hearing the loud claps of thunder and feeling my house shake as I tried to sleep. As I drove

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Confronting the Past: Why Talking Helps

Talking about the past is often hard, especially when one’s past is littered with pain and unpleasant memories. People often ask: “what good is it to sit around and dwell on the past when there’s nothing I can do to change it? Shouldn’t I just move on with my life?”

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The Happiness Craze: What’s it all About?

American popular culture is abuzz with talk about happiness: what it is, where it comes from, and most of all, how to achieve it. Anyone even remotely connected to social media will find the topic difficult to avoid. You’ve seen the articles on Huffington Post and Facebook and even Psychology Today:

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