Psychology Blog: Betting on Life —Using Your Head vs. Your Heart

Have the important payoffs in your life come from thinking with your head or feeling from your heart? Let’s consider the analogy of two gamblers at their prospective tables—Blackjack and Roulette. The Blackjack gambler is constantly analyzing all of the possible...

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Awareness: Using your Senses not your Stories

I avidly observe dogs because they are present-tense creatures. I find their instinctual logic both useful and inspirational for my own sense of awareness. Sure, dogs occasionally bark, cower or growl but these are behaviors bourne out of real-time...

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To Change or Not to Change?

Often a person enters into therapy stating that they need to make a change (or changes) in their lives. These desired changes generally fall into the category of adjustments to thoughts, circumstances, and/or behaviors. But first, a distinction needs...

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Easy Perspective Shifts to Enhance Your Life

This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System! Perspective is everything: As a kid, the above announcement would haphazardly blare from the television: I'd cover my ears, irritated by the interruptive hole it punched in any afterschool rerun we...

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Sensibility: The Word According to Harper Lee (and others…).

The sensible word according to Harper Lee Because my mother's family has, for generations, resided in Alabama, I grew up absorbing a sensibility that was deeply Southern. A sensibility many were introduced to during their formative years while shaking hands with...

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Resolutions: Mapping Goals for Willpower and Success

Resolutions: Mapping Goals for Willpower and Success Most of us set goals, yet the vast majorities neglect to pack the willpower generating maps needed to productively navigate these resolutions. Using past habits to create present successes is not an effective goal...

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How To Make Appropriate Life Choices with Ease

How not to worry about life choices Most of us worry about making appropriate life choices. Whether these decisions involve our personal or our professional lives, creating strategic moves within optimal time-frames can feel paramount to our well-being. Life is a...

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How to shed your emotional baggage through a balanced life diet

How to shed your emotional baggage through a balanced life diet My New Pal Many of us have "smart" phones: Devices that (with only a bit of our assistance) are capable of just about anything. My iPhone in hand, I step into...

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Finding the courage to be a limitless thinker

Finding the courage to be a limitless thinker Take Note A torn-out horoscope lives on my refrigerator door between a snapshot of super-dog Joey and my gym's class schedule. It reads: Many of us believe we are being appropriately discerning by "judging...

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