PsychAlive 2017-12-14T03:15:07Z https://www.psychalive.org/feed/atom/ WordPress Robert Firestone, Ph.D <![CDATA[A Psychological Perspective on Human Destructiveness]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25488 2017-12-06T20:07:33Z 2017-12-06T20:07:33Z My inspiration for writing this blog springs from a deep feeling for people and a grave concern that without a proper understanding of the reasons for their inhumanity in relation to one another and the development of a compassionate world view, it is likely that human beings will eventually destroy themselves and life on the planet. Despite ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Changing Your Sense of Identity]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25485 2017-12-05T22:47:14Z 2017-12-05T22:47:14Z Recently, I wrote about “Living with an Accidental Identity.” I described how painful early experiences, definitions, and defenses affect the way individuals perceive and present themselves throughout their lives, leading them to develop an “accidental identity,” rather than a true sense of who they are. Understanding this process can lead people to question their negative identity and make ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Are You Living with an Accidental Identity?]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25481 2017-11-30T20:21:06Z 2017-11-30T20:21:06Z We often consider our identity as fixed and say things like “that’s just the way I am.” Yet, every one of us has the power to change most aspects of who we are at any given moment in time. If we’d like to be giving, we can be generous. If we’d like to be less ...

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Robyn E. Brickel, M.A., LMFT <![CDATA[Do You Use Drugs and Alcohol to Manage Your Emotions?]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25479 2017-11-29T21:32:02Z 2017-11-29T21:31:05Z I really dislike the word addict to describe someone. I believe that people are more than just their addiction! Yes, many of my clients are trauma survivors who use (or have used) drugs and alcohol (or food or self-harming behavior) to feel less badly and they are/have been addicted to their drug of choice, but they are people ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Is Narcissism Shaped by Attachment Style?]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25477 2017-11-28T21:33:54Z 2017-11-28T21:33:54Z Most of us have someone in our lives who comes to mind when we are asked if we know a narcissist. Perhaps, the person we think of can’t stop praising themselves, treats others as inferior, or seems unaffected by anyone else’s feelings and opinions. Or maybe, the person we think of is someone who always ...

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Carolyn Joyce <![CDATA[How to Deal with Rejection]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25459 2017-11-13T20:59:23Z 2017-11-13T19:41:14Z Rejection is an almost unavoidable aspect of being human. No one has ever succeeded in love or in life without first facing rejection. We all experience it, and yet, those times when we do are often the times we feel the most alone, outcast, and unwanted. In fact, so much of the hurt and struggle ...

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Sylvia Smith <![CDATA[Top 10 Effective Communication Techniques for Couples]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25455 2017-11-13T18:57:39Z 2017-11-13T18:56:26Z Good communication skills are the keys to any successful relationship because relationships are emotional and rely on interpersonal verbal and nonverbal exchanges between the two people involved.  Most marriages start out with the idea of success not realizing the number one cause of divorce is bad communication.  In cases of parenting and co-parenting, communication is ...

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Debra Kessler, Psy.D. <![CDATA[The mad monster made me do it!]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25452 2017-11-07T22:43:33Z 2017-11-07T22:43:33Z When we are little, our needs get expressed through our strong emotions.  A baby doesn’t have the capacity to get food when hungry, a blanket when cold or a change of a wet diaper.  Instead, they fuss!  They muster the voice of the “mad monster” to get the attention they need, whaling and whimpering.  This ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Are You Creating Your Own Nightmare in Your Relationship?]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25450 2017-11-06T23:13:26Z 2017-11-06T23:13:26Z A few years ago, I was talking to my friend and colleague Dr. Daniel Siegel, a leader in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. We were discussing how and why people find themselves stuck in certain relationship patterns. Dr. Siegel explained that our brains are actually wired to recreate conditions from our past. Our early experiences ...

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Tamsen Firestone <![CDATA[How Your Critical Inner Voice Gets in the Way of Love]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25444 2017-10-27T18:12:56Z 2017-10-27T18:12:12Z There’s a nasty defense mechanism that undermines and sabotages your efforts to have love in your life: your critical inner voice. It comes at you from all sides; it goes after you, it badmouths your partner, it slams your relationship, and it attacks love in general. We are mostly unaware of this internal enemy and ...

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