Archive | 2015

Are Most Mentally Ill Not Ill?

Until the 19th century, persons who imitated illness—that is, who claimed to be sick without being able to convince their physicians that they suffered from a bona fide illness—were regarded as faking and called malingerers. Not much has changed today and many still see those who say that they are mental ill as deficient morally […]

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Secret to Happiness: There is no secret!

“OK, so what is the secret to happiness?” a friend asked over dinner together. Being a Licensed Social Worker and Buddhist minister, I suppose that people believe that I should have some secret to being happy. The truth is that I do know what makes for a happy life, but it isn’t a secret. Here […]

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Why Do We Have Negative Emotions, Darwin?

Why do some people actively cling to negative emotions when they know it is harmful? Why did we evolve to have such emotions?

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How to Become Self-Motivated

My daughter is a teenager. Like many teenagers, her relationship with her parents is stressed by the divergence of priorities. She will tell me that she will clean her room. She will tell me that she will get her driver’s license. She will tell me that she will do her homework. Being a parent, I […]

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DO EMOTIONS MAKE US? AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Spend enough time listening to people and one thing becomes very clear: people seem to really be involved with the negative experiences in their lives. Not just the intense, sometimes crippling, life-threatening dramas that can give a person PTSD. Not just the abuses that happen over long periods of time that wear down our psyche. […]

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