The Thirteen Brooms: Criticism and Anxiety

The Thirteen Brooms Criticism Is an Expression of Anxiety To be married is to be criticized. To be a child is to be criticized. To be a parent is to be criticized. To grow up in a world not designed to meet our needs above all others–is to be criticized. …

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MysteryShrink Shorts: What Makes You So Special?

MysteryShrink Shorts: What Makes You So Special? One of my young stepdaughters, tears in her eyes, had handed me a lowly Honorable Mention ribbon after a riding contest which had gone poorly. When I greeted her all aglow with compliments, she’d asked with a tad of bitterness, “How can you …

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What Is Emotional Closeness? How Do Rank? Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson)

Distance in the Family: Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson) Notice of Series in Progress– Sibling Position, Anxiety, and Family Process. Frances, the eldest of the three Whitman brothers (played by Owen Wilson) makes the following announcement as they launch a trip across India on The Darjeeling …

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Me? Get in Charge of My Emotions? A Walk in the Park

Me? Get in Charge of My Emotions? A Walk in the Park The Moment I Knew Psychology Just Might Work What if you could make a shift in your habitual way of responding to your emotions, other people, and the world– and that shift would jump your potential in all …

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Are You Having An Affair or a Friendship?

MysteryShrink Shorts:  Are You Having An Affair or a Friendship? Picture yourself in a restaurant with your ‘friend.’ You look up and see your spouse or significant other walk in the front door. What happens inside you? If your urge is to jump up, to smile, and cross the room …

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If You Could Relive Just One Day, Which Day Would You Choose?

“If, after you’ve died, you could come back and relive one day, what day would you choose?” **To catch up with Dr. Dale’s Journal, First read Diagnosis Black, Hemlock, Fallout, The Novelty of Having Cancer has Worn Off,  and VooDoo or Health Insurance? Research indicates that the majority of people, after rolling over super-day possibilities—wedding …

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Psychology in Real Life: Diagnosis, Good News or Bad News?

Psychology in Real Life: Diagnosis, Good News or Bad News? So now you have a diagnosis for someone else or for yourself. Should you tattoo the bar code across your forehead or would it be best to fold that little sheet of paper into a tiny square and tuck it …

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