Don’t Worry, Be Happy?

Well, not exactly. According to social psychologist and "father" of thought suppression David Wagner, the more we try not to think of something, the more we think of it. In his 1987 "white bear" experiment, he showed a picture of a polar bear to a group of participants and then had them track their thoughts but avoid thinking of the...[ read more ]

Grieving the Loss of the Assumptive World

I think about the losses that so many are experiencing due to this virus. My daughter has to come home from college and take her classes remotely.   Family members, friends, co-workers having to cancel their work conferences, school trips and vacations. The loss of performed rituals at church, hundreds of years old, now suspended due to the threat of...[ read more ]

Your Inner Critic: Friend or Foe

We all have it...that part of ourselves that is the critic. It tells us what we should have or should not have done in almost any situation ( "if only I would have..." "I really could have..." ). For some of us this voice helps us do our best work, or keeps us healthy and safe. But when is it...[ read more ]

Five Minute Movement Experiential to Quell Fearful Thoughts

Five Minute Movement Experiential to Quell Fearful Thoughts   1) Get into a relaxed position. 2) Focus in on your breathing and notice the small movement changes in your body with every inhale and exhale. 3) Focus in on your fingers and move them in a way you associate with the fearful thought. Notice the qualities it has, the pace...[ read more ]

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