PsychAlive 2018-04-17T18:15:55Z https://www.psychalive.org/feed/atom/ WordPress Robert Firestone, Ph.D <![CDATA[The Fantasy Bond in Couple Relationships]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25850 2018-04-16T22:28:08Z 2018-04-16T22:28:08Z By the time they reach adulthood, most people have solidified their defenses and exist in a psychological equilibrium that they do not wish to disturb. Although they may be relatively congenial with more casual acquaintances, over time there is typically a noticeable deterioration in the quality of relating within their most intimate relationships. As a ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[How to Fall Back in Love with Your Partner]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25848 2018-04-16T22:21:02Z 2018-04-16T22:21:02Z It’s perfectly normal to have times when you feel more or less in love with your partner. Yet, it’s painful to have lulls in a relationship that leave you feeling hopeless or questioning its future. At these times, even if you have lists of issues you know are causing problems with your partner, it can ...

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Robyn E. Brickel, M.A., LMFT <![CDATA[Why Treating Postpartum Depression As Trauma is Key to Good Care]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25845 2018-04-16T22:13:22Z 2018-04-16T21:02:03Z Most health professionals understand postpartum depression (PPD) and other mood disorders are a serious mental health concern. Raising awareness of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) is so important for two reasons. First, professionals need to be more proactive with evaluation and diagnosis, because PMADs can be challenging to detect during a brief office visit.  Women ...

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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Forgiveness: 9 Steps to Break Free]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25790 2018-04-16T19:12:18Z 2018-04-16T19:12:18Z At different points in our lives, many of us hold grudges against other people who we feel have hurt or offended us in some way or another. We can hold grudges for people who aren’t even alive anymore. We often hold onto grudges with the false notion that we are making the other person suffer by ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Who Do You Think You Are? And Why You May Be Wrong]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25838 2018-04-13T17:34:42Z 2018-04-13T16:18:52Z When you get a wrong idea about who you are as a child, you can face a lifetime of trying to prove or disprove that identity. Neither extreme reflects who you really are.   “I was the outgoing one in my family, not the beautiful one, not the smart one, and definitely not the talented one.” This statement ...

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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Practice the Change You Wish to See in the World]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25786 2018-04-11T23:16:25Z 2018-04-09T18:23:18Z Life is a practice, and what you choose to practice is what makes up your character. It’s worth considering what you value in life, and then making an intention and plan to live alongside those values. Ghandi’s wise words can inspire us to: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Consider ...

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Robert Firestone, Ph.D <![CDATA[Voice Therapy]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25816 2018-04-04T23:31:22Z 2018-04-04T23:31:22Z In my last blog, I described the “voice” as a series of negative thoughts and attitudes toward self and others, which are at the core of a person’s self-destructive ideology and behavior. As such, the voice can be conceived of as the internal enemy or anti-self aspect of the personality. My approach to psychotherapy is ...

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Robert Firestone, Ph.D <![CDATA[The Voice (The Enemy Within)]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25813 2018-04-04T23:10:31Z 2018-04-04T23:09:09Z Discover the negative thoughts and attitudes at the core of a person’s maladaptation. The voice consists of a series of negative thoughts and attitudes toward oneself and others that is at the core of a person’s maladaptation. It can be conceptualized as the language of the defense system. The voice is not restricted to thoughts, ...

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Dealing with Unresolved Trauma]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25776 2018-03-28T22:35:50Z 2018-03-28T21:02:20Z Recently, a friend of mine who suffers from chronic lower back pain came back from yet another visit to the doctor with a bit of unexpected advice. Instead of the usual discussion of shots, medications, physical therapy, or even surgery, his doctor recommended a book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind Body Connection. The book by ...

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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. <![CDATA[Spring Cleaning for Your Social Network]]> https://www.psychalive.org/?p=25783 2018-03-29T21:54:47Z 2018-03-26T21:54:28Z It’s important to think about the people you surround yourself with, both in person and online. I don’t mean the number of Facebook friends you have, but the people you have the most interactions with in-person or virtually. You can have a big or a small circle of people in your life, but the key question is, who of these people are actually ...

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