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Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how...
5 Ways to Harness the Power of Self-Efficacy

5 Ways to Harness the Power of Self-Efficacy

At the beginning of 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Brown, told our class that she only took the absolute smartest kids from the 2nd grade into her class. She said we were the best of the best. Looking back now, I can’t imagine we all took a test in 2nd grade to figure...
When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

Nowadays, people are really focused on thinking positively. We’re encouraged to practice gratitude, be optimistic, and shift our negative thinking to positive thinking. We are told that if you just think positively, positive things will happen to you. Ignore the...
How to Choose a Counselor: 4 Key Questions

How to Choose a Counselor: 4 Key Questions

I’m a big fan of counseling. Whether you are dealing with a major psychological problem, or just want some help working on some personal issues, meeting with a professional counselor can be a great way to get the help you need. I’ve had a lot of experience with...
The Problem with Dual Relationships

The Problem with Dual Relationships

In psychology, we talk a lot about the importance of avoiding dual relationships. A dual relationship occurs when you have a different kind of relationship with a person in more than one setting. For example, if I took on a family member as a client, that would be a...
Donald Trump and the Psychology of Fear

Donald Trump and the Psychology of Fear

Fear is a powerful emotion. Psychologist Abraham Maslow said that our need for safety and security is foundational to our existence. The only needs that are more foundational are biological needs such as oxygen, food, and water. Because our need for safety and...
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