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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Brotherly Love: Grieving Through the Loss of a Pet

The air circulating through my lungs feels different–if not colder than normal. I focus on my shallow breath, the only sound in the room. The natural light coming in through the bedroom window appears changed as well–dimmer even. Through my...

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Humans Are like Diamonds: Flaws and All

Have you ever heard someone say, “I am in search of a perfectly flawed diamond?” For centuries, the diamond has been a symbol of stature, elegance, and of course love. The size of a diamond is an indicator of how valuable...

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Power Struggle: When Love is a Boxing Match

Do you and your partner constantly go toe-to-toe with one another? Do you find yourselves keeping score? Is the power struggle consuming your relationship? If so, it sounds as though the battle lines have been drawn. Relational conflict becomes destructive when a...

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Getting past Cold Feet to Say, “I DO”

Oh, Weddings! Many dream for years of nuptial perfection while others take “the right person at the right time” pragmatic approach. To some, marriage feels like the appropriate next step in relationship development, while others seem to forego the...

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Cognitive Distortions: Our Brain’s Way of Misleading Us

At one point or another, we have all - often unwittingly - developed irrational thought patterns that negatively influence our perceptions. These are known as Cognitive Distortions. Many of these habits originated in our formative years and were influenced...

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Why You May Be Falling Behind Rather Than Springing Forward

The New Year is in full swing as spring is on the horizon. A few months back, many of us took to the tradition of challenging ourselves by setting goals for 2018. Whether those resolutions pertained to personal, professional,...

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Red Hearts! Red Roses! Red Flags?

It’s February, the only month of the year that hosts a special day dedicated to lovers…Valentine’s Day! A time when couples blissfully plan ways in which to celebrate their love for each other. Although this usually entails buying overpriced...

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Performance Pressure

In a culture built on principles of self-determination, perseverance, and competition beginning as early as Manifest Destiny; American society continues to instill the notion of “survival of the fittest.” We are taught that we should excel in school, have...

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’Tis the Season to be….Anxious?

We have all heard the expression “holiday blues,” but are you familiar with the term “holiday angst?” This “most joyous” time of year can become stressful to even the calmest and most collected individuals. The anxiety-provoking expectation to have...

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