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Differentiation refers to the struggle that all people face in striving to develop a sense of themselves as independent individuals. A person’s identity is continually affected by interpersonal experiences that are either favorable or damaging to the development of his or her personality. In order for you to live your own life and fulfill your destiny, you must differentiate yourself from destructive family and societal influences. To the extent that you can develop and sustain your unique identity, you will be able to live a truly individualistic and fulfilling life.

Living Mom’s Life?


“I think I want to be good.”  A warm tear rolls down my cheek.  My ten-year-old and I are watching the climactic scene of Descendants, a new movie from Disney Channel.  The girl uttering this revelation is Mal, daughter of ...

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I Hate My Life

i hate my life

Most of us have experienced that pivotal peak of pain, anger or frustration in which we want to scream “I hate my life.” Yet, the feeling that a dark cloud has specifically settled over us and our experiences can feel ...

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How to Find Your Happiness

how to find your happiness

We’ve all seen some version of this scene: the child at the playground, covered in ice cream, wearing a tiara. She’s surrounded by fun toys, fawning parents and other happily screaming kids. Yet, although her world appears to be exactly ...

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Live Your Own Life

live your own life

What gives a person’s life meaning is as unique to that person as their fingerprint. In order to live your own life, you must begin to identify and prioritize the things in your life that are the most meaningful to ...

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Break the Chain: How to Live the Life YOU Want


A Webinar with Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. – Most people at some point in life are faced with the question: “Am I living the life I truly desire?” “Who am I really?” “What gives my life meaning?” Answering these questions is ...

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Living Vs. Reliving


I wouldn’t belong to a club that would have me. My boyfriend must be an idiot because he thinks I’m great. When faced with an opportunity to imagine what my partner is really meaning to convey, I always assume the ...

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Becoming the Real You


A Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – Are you living you living the life you want to live? Are your actions based on pursuing the things that really light you up, that matter to you, and that give meaning to your life? ...

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The Self Under Siege: A New Model of Differentiation


A CE Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – Differentiation refers to the struggle that all people face in striving to develop a sense of themselves as autonomous individuals. When working with clients to fully develop themselves, a fundamental question to have ...

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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Joyce Catlett, M.A. Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free From Imagined Limitations  offers means for dealing effectively with negative thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs ...

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