Who Do You Talk To?

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Back in the 1970s, there was a popular book entitled The Transparent Self by Sidney Jourard. One of Sidney's main points was that for good mental health, everyone needed at least one person with whom they could be "transparent" — one person they could drop the personas and masks with, one person to whom they could reveal their true selves. What's important here is not so much what the other person says and does when you do, but rather the positive impact that the act of revealing, that letting down of one's guard, that having a safe relationship, in and of itself, can have. A good idea that still resonates today. Click here to read more…

Slow Processing Speed and Anxiety: What You Need to Know

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Most kids with learning and attention issues face situations that make them feel anxious. Often, these situations involve their weakness. For a child with dyslexia, it might be reading out loud in class. For a child with dysgraphia, it might be writing a book report.

But for kids with slow processing speed, anxious moments can pop up throughout the day, and without warning. That’s because their processing speed issues can impact everything from taking tests to talking with friends. And in some cases, the frequent anxiety turns into an anxiety disorder. Click here to read more…

Your Mental Health Is Everything

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Few of us would argue that mental health should be low on our priority list. In theory we know it matters, but then reality takes over.

Deadlines dominate. We’re too tired. The kids get sick. We get lost in the vortex of our screens.

Even in an era being called the “Age of Anxiety” and a “mental health crisis”, many of us struggle to place mental health on our never-ending lists, never mind keep it at the top. Then the wake-up calls come. Click here to read more…

How Practicing Compassion May Help You Feel Better

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Think about the most disagreeable person you know or ever met. This might even be you on one or more occasions. If you ask people who are a little rough around the edges, those individuals who seem gruff, know-it-all, smug, superior and can’t be bothered, they’d likely say they don’t need anyone else. While compassion is an admirable and fairly basic trait, some of us either lack it (we’re short on empathy) or could use a little help on how to best show it. Click here to read more…

Your Flaws Are Probably More Attractive Than You Think They Are

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Over the past year, visitors to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City have been revealing their deepest fears and wishes. As part of a special exhibit, museum-goers were invited to write down their secrets on small pieces of vellum paper and hang the entries on a wall for everyone to see. On one side, people posted their anxieties; on the other side, their hopes. Thousands of visitors contributed lines like, “I’m anxious because I’m afraid I’ll die alone,” “I’m anxious because I might miss my chance to become a mom,” and “I’m hopeful because life is beautiful and I will feel happy soon.” Click here to read more…

How To Connect Better With Your Partner, According To Neuroscience

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As we step into the new year, it is the perfect time to think about what we want to leave behind and manifest in the coming months like detoxing from toxic relationships and strengthening healthy ones.

When looking to deepen our relationships with our partners, we may be accustomed to looking outside ourselves in the form of gifts or extravagant gestures to express our appreciation or love. While these could provide fleeting happiness, they may not fill the void. Click here to read more…