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Are you a human being or a human doing?

When I make a mistake, forget something, mess up something or miss an appointment... is it just what I do sometimes, or does it say something about who I am? This is a crucial question whose answer can make a difference between a healthy or…
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What is true forgiveness?

We evaluate violations of psychological or physical boundaries in terms of the the amount of injustice perceived. Usually, there is a difference between the way we would like to see the violation resolved (e.g., "I'd like to see him admit to…
Theo Pallake at Stresshacker.com
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Top 11 reasons to love yourself

Won't you be that person who is so easy to love because you obviously know how to love yourself?
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I need to change... right now!

Real, meaningful change is a process, not a single event. It takes time and effort to achieve it, and make it permanent. Don't give up too soon!
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Stressful Patterns: How Your Attachment Style Can Help or Wreck Your Important Relationships

When it comes to relationships, your attachment style can mean the difference between bliss and torment. But what is your attachment style? Where does it come from? How does it work? To understand the concept of attachment, we must go back to…
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Heed the Message, Don’t Shoot the Messenger

The messages provided by the stress reaction that something is wrong, or dangerous, or simply requires our attention are often very powerful, even debilitating. Just think of the feeling we get in our gut (seat of the enteric nervous system)…
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Type A and Hi-Tech: A Dangerous Mix

What does the relentless push of technology into our lives do to our ability to manage stress and to our health in general? It depends on the personality. For individuals who have a type A personality, multiple e-mail addresses available from…
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Ultimate Stressors: Public Drama, Private Pain

Recently televised interviews with Mr. Charlie Sheen appear to have focused attention on the symptoms and manifestations of the manic phase of bipolar disorder. A public display of inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, profuse talkativeness,…
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Marijuana Linked to Earlier Onset of Psychosis

Marijuana (cannabis), thanks to the powerful depressing action of its active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is one of the oldest and most widely used means of self-medication against acute and chronic stress. THC users report experiencing…
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Hear and Feel Your Stress Drift Away

Can music reduce stress? Yes, and the evidence is strong. Music can reduce stress, lessen pain, diminish hostility and have a positive effect on emotions and cognition. Beginning with an experimental study by Hatta and Nakamura (1991), researchers…
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Sigmund Freud: What a Funny Guy!

Sigmund Freud lived and worked in the Austrian capital, Vienna until the Nazi Anschluss of 1938 placed him and his family in great peril. Freud was allowed to leave Austria with his family through the intercession of his patients Princess Marie…
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Stress and the Female Brain Advantage

In 1994, Louann Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, established the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic in San Francisco—one of very few such institutions in the world—and focused her attention on the etiology…
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How to Get a Larger Brain

How do you increase the volume of gray matter in your brain? Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), one of the most widely used mindfulness training programs, may be the answer. MBSR is receiving increasing attention for the significant…
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I'm Bored: Does This Mean I'm Stressed?

Boredom, like pain, is an entirely subjective experience mediated by personality, needs, wants, past history and contingent upon one’s perceptions of the experience, and thus very difficult to describe with precision and quantify. The state…
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Why Hardiness Is Faster Than Competitiveness

Do you know someone who deals with stress by working harder and faster to produce more in a shorter time? These so-called type A personalities appear to have a stronger than average sense of urgency, can be more highly competitive, and may be…