Is the Way You View Intelligence Shaping Your Ability?

I’ll start with a question: What is it that determines if a person will be “successful” or not at a difficult task?   Take a second and think about how you would answer that question.  For many years my answer might have been “innate ability,” “willpower,” or some combination of the two. Recently, however, I […]
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Don’t Let Your Feelings Create Your Reality

This may be hard to believe but just because you are feeling something, does not mean that it is a fact.  While objectively many of us recognize that feelings ≠ facts, this common cognitive distortion (called emotional reasoning) tends to creep in and often shapes how we think about ourselves and the world.  So what […]
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Ambiguous Loss and Grief

Grief and loss are part of life, but how we recognize and experience loss and how we work with grief can vary differently depending on our cultures, belief systems, the type of loss, and more. Many of us recognize loss only as something concrete, the death of a mother, a father, a child, and so […]
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When Feeling Reactive

I have had several conversations lately with people regarding noticing feeling more reactive and sensing that others seem to feel or appear more reactive as well. What I mean by this is responding more emotionally or intensely to a stimuli than what one might assume would be the usual response. Often, it is a fight […]
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Parenting Preteens and Social Media- Woof

Preteens and social media- Woof.  This is a big topic. If you are feeling lost about how to approach this and what boundaries to set, know that you are not alone! This is the most common point of tension that I see between preteens and their parents and is genuinely very difficult to navigate.  So […]
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Over-Generalizations Within Cognitive Distortions

Over-Generalizations Over-generalizations are one type of cognitive distortion that can impact mental health and well-being. What are they? Over-generalizations are, in essence, making assumptions about something that we do not really have enough evidence or knowledge about. Often it is a sweeping statement about things that might not be fair to assume (Martin, R., 2019). […]
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Living a Life of Balance, What Does This Mean?

Balance. I Googled the definition and one variation I really liked, according to The Free Dictionary (2022) describes balance as, “A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or  elements, as in a design.” Sometimes when I hear people and even myself describing being better balanced, it almost feels like a task to add to the list of things we could be doing better,  which sounds […]
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