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We live in a culture of perfectionism. Open any women's magazine or watch any TV program and you can't escape the emphasis we put on looking, behaving, and achieving perfectly.  We've become an intolerant bunch that is quick to judge - ourselves and others - and notice when we don't measure up to the unspoken measuring sticks of beauty, success, talent, and intellect.   We put the emphasis on doing rather than being, which is where perfectionism likes to live. It lives ... Read More
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A Time To Be Thankful
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Bob Dale »
It’s all too easy to moan isn't it: about the weather, about the state of the country, about our jobs and even our general lot in life? But there are times when something happens to make you stop and think and realize that you have a lot or (or maybe just a little) to be thankful for. That “stop & think” moment could be the loss of someone you care about, the news that someone you know has lost their job, seeing an advert or news feature on television that reminds you wha... Read More
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Stop Sabotaging Yourself
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Bob Dale »
Many people struggle with following through on their plans, commitments, or stated desires. Sometimes it is as if there is another voice or person inside of us that gets in our way. This part of us might tell us to postpone an important task until tomorrow, or might tell us that we shouldn’t aim for that promotion. It seeks to lead us astray and ultimately keeps us from accomplishing our long-term goals. At other times, not only does this alternate voice get in our way, it actually harm... Read More
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Violating The Boundaries
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Bob Dale »
You can't make people respect your boundaries. Unfortunately, people who are manipulative, narcissistic, and have a poor sense of self tend to repeatedly violate personal boundaries. One of the biggest challenges that people have with boundaries is figuring out what to do when someone repeatedly violates them. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer to the question. Variables to consider...Who is violating your boundaries? Is the boundary violator willing to change?  ... Read More
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Bob Dale »
Stop hostility, intimidation, abuse and bullying in school, in your personal life and in the workplace. Create bully-free relationships with spouses, partners, children, teens, friends, parents, bosses, co-workers and employees. Stop wishing for your problems to go away.  Instead, take effective action.   Easier said than done? Some of the best ways to stop bulling : Increase your independence, confidence and self-esteem. Develop the strength, courage, will and deter... Read More
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Bob Dale »
 To begin, an awful lot of mental health care is already self-pay, in that more so than probably any other health care profession a large number of mental health professionals do not accept insurance. For example, a recent New York Times article found that only 55% of psychiatrists accept insurance, compared to about 86% of other medical doctors. The picture for other mental health providers, such as psychologists and licensed therapists, seems to be similar. The good news is ... Read More
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Every 12.3 minutes an American dies by suicide. Deaths by suicide are often surrounded by unanswered questions. Those left behind may feel a combination of grief, guilt, anger, and confusion. People experiencing suicidal thoughts often struggle to feel heard. Myths about suicide, such as the idea that talking to a suicidal person an make them more suicidal, are pervasive.  Suicide is a preventable tragedy.  Knowing what to say and what to do when someone is having thoughts of... Read More
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The Anxious Child
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Bob Dale »
Parents tend to say things in an earnest and loving effort to help when a child is anxious. If you have an anxious child, it is not always easy to understand. A child doesn't know exactly how to express the way they feel.   Here are a few phrases that can help when the anxiety is high as an alternative to what a typical response might be:  Mommy said, "It's going to be ok. Trust me." Try this: Respond to your child's nervous system first. Help them calm down ... Read More
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Kids lie more often and more effectively when punishment is on the line.  Because so many children go through a lying phase, or more than a phase, I want to talk about ways to consider and deal with dishonesty. Why does lying get under our skin so terribly?  As parents we know that honesty is critical to healthy relationships, to having integrity, and to resolving problems.  Dishonesty can land you in a heap of interpersonal, academic, legal, and/or professional trouble both in... Read More
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What do we mean by anxiety in children, and should parents be concerned about it? Many parents are unsure about when their child’s behavior is something for them to worry about, or whether it is fairly typical behaviour for children of that age. Many parents are not sure whether to be concerned when a usually talkative 8 year old becomes withdrawn and pre-occupied, when an 11 year old feels sick every school morning or when an adolescent suddenly begins to refuse to leave ... Read More
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