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Personal Growth/Life Enhancement

Tue, 01/17/2012 at 2:52pm

Your View on the World

How do you see your world?  Do you see things as right or wrong, good or bad, all or nothing?  This type of thinking is known as “dichotomous” or “black and white thinking”.

Black and white thinking leaves you viewing your world in mandates:  

“I must be perfect or else.”  

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Mon, 08/1/2011 at 8:48pm

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

By Hilary Katz MSW, LSW

Whoever said,” life is a bowl of cherries”, was not being entirely honest. While, we certainly experience all kinds of wonderful things in our lives, we also are challenged by feelings that can sometimes overshadow those positive events. Everybody deserves to own a set of tools that can be utilized when bad feelings become all consuming. Who would not want to have the ability to tackle the negative feeling in order to get back to those ripe, sweet cherries?

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Sat, 06/4/2011 at 5:49pm

Mental Mistakes and Cognitive Distortions

Mental mistakes or cognitive distortions are ways of thinking that help us to understand and navigate our world.  Cognitive distortions are learned ways of thinking.  Our experiences can help to reinforce them.  Though they help us to cope, can be adaptive and are logical, they are not rational.

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Sun, 01/30/2011 at 6:43pm

Appropriate Assertiveness

The development of appropriate assertiveness can be really important in living a healthy, well-balanced life.  Assertive behavior has been referred to as the “golden mean” between being either aggressive on the one hand, or passive on the other.  Individuals who function at either one or the other end of this spectrum often suffer significant negative health effects, including elevated blood pressure, incidence of coronary artery disease, stomach ulcers, and decreased feeling of well being.

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