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Life On the Couch

Dissociative Helping

Have you ever entrusted a personal issue to a friend or family member and found their response more upsetting then helpful? You’re not alone. It happens with regularity actually. I call it dissociative helping.   Disassociation refers to a psychological phenomena concerning detachment from the emotional and sometimes physical experiences – a kind of out […]

September, 2017 | 0 Comments

Handling Difficult People

Handling difficult people is, well, shitty. You thought I was going to say difficult – surprise! I swear a lot, at least in person. Difficult people trigger stress, which triggers a domino effect of coping mechanisms in our brain and body. Not least of which is the hormone cortisol. It is said that weeks of […]

June, 2017 | 0 Comments

Temptation

According to Oscar Wilde, the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. In today’s world of 12 steps and ever increasing codependency, that seems awfully dangerous.  Temptation is a sign of the devil according to many faiths, and yet other cultures look upon it as part of the normal variance […]

March, 2012 | 0 Comments

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