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Fear is a Friend Who’s Misunderstood

Fear is a Friend Who’s Misunderstood

I was listening to the radio the other day, and a John Mayer song came on. I was struck by one line in the song: fear is a friend who’s misunderstood. I don’t usually get huge psychological insights from John Mayer, but I thought this line was particularly deep. I...
What is the Function of Your Behavior?

What is the Function of Your Behavior?

Often when we’re trying to solve a problem in our lives, we focus on our behavior. At face value, this makes a lot of sense. Behavior is powerful and important. If we want something different to happen in our lives, we need to make concrete changes in our day-to-day...
Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

One of my favorite books is called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. There was one particular story in the book that taught me an important lesson: Whenever possible, say yes to life. How Bob Became a Diplomat to Uganda Bob is a lawyer, and one day he received a...
How Many Loaves Do You Have?

How Many Loaves Do You Have?

I remember listening to a sermon series about the questions of Jesus. We often focus on the teachings of Jesus, or the actions of Jesus. But Jesus also asked some very powerful questions during his three years of ministry. These questions forced his listeners to...
Humility, Growth, and Emotional Well-Being

Humility, Growth, and Emotional Well-Being

This post is Part 8 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In this post, I will explore how the model of humility and growth can be applied to our emotional health and well-being. Mental health can be a...
Work at the Edges of Your Ability

Work at the Edges of Your Ability

This post is Part 6 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) A lot of times in life, we get to a point where we are “good enough,” and then we stop improving. The reason is that as humans, we like to be...
How Good Will Hunting Teaches Us To Engage with Our Life

How Good Will Hunting Teaches Us To Engage with Our Life

One of my favorite movies of all time is Good Will Hunting. If you haven’t seen it, go rent it. The movie follows the story of a young genius (Will, played by Matt Damon) with a troubled past. Being a psychologist, I love the counseling scenes with Will and Sean...
Follow Your Fear If You Want To Grow

Follow Your Fear If You Want To Grow

“Find out what a person fears most, and that is where he will develop next.” -Carl Jung Fear is Powerful I love this quote by Carl Jung, because it touches on a deep truth that permeates our lives. Fear is perhaps the most powerful emotion we experience. When we...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Anxiety is About Fear  In the first two posts, I talked about two big ideas when thinking about anxiety. First, anxiety is about fear. Our...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 2: The Power of Exposure

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 2: The Power of Exposure

This post is Part 2 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In the previous post, I talked about the root of anxiety, which is fear. I also talked about the natural tendency to avoid or escape the thing...
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