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  • Feeling Alone? Understanding Isolation and Loneliness

    Human beings are naturally social animals. When we find ourselves becoming isolated, we should take that as a warning sign that we are turned against ourselves in some basic way. If not already there, we are on a path toward feeling bad, lonely, introverted or even depressed.

  • Eight Ways to Actively Fight Depression

    By treating depression like any other physical disease and taking the actions that will destroy the parasites infecting your mental state, you can conquer your depression. Here are eight steps to doing just that.

  • Social Anxiety vs. Shyness

    Many people experience some shyness and discomfort, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people. However, it’s generally tolerable once you warm up and relax after a while. Unlike shyness, such conditions are intolerable for SAD sufferers who find it nearly impossible to relax in social or performance settings.

  • The Anti-Self Vs. The True Self

    A suicidal individual is divided between their true self that is on their side and wants to live and an anti-self which attempts to destroy them. By understanding this division, suicidal individuals can begin to challenge the distorted filter through which they view the world when in a suicidal state.

Human beings are naturally social animals. When we find ourselves becoming isolated, we should take that as a warning sign that we are turned against ourselves in some basic way. If not already there, we are heading down a path toward feeling bad, lonely, introverted or even depressed. When we are isolated, we may have thoughts of not belonging or of feeling rejected by others. What we overlook, however, is that when we are alone, we are often in the company of our worst enemy – the one within ourselves. Learn ways to avoid isolation and how to combat the negative, self-critical thoughts that arise when we are alone and that encourage us to stay isolated.

What Drives Our Loneliness?

When we perceive ourselves as lonely, it can actually imperil our health. Research has shown that both perceived and actual social isolation were associated with increased risk of early mortality. Studies have found links between perceived loneliness and heart disease, while other research has suggested that loneliness and ...

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A Way Out of Loneliness

Every one of us will experience loneliness in our lifetime. It may hit us when we’re single and spending Saturday night on our couch watching reruns or when we’re smack at the center of a packed and pulsating party. There ...

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5 Ways to Fight Loneliness Over the Holidays

The holidays come sprinkled with promises of “brightness” and “cheer.” It’s a universally meaningful time for millions of people, and I would argue that this sense of connectedness is a large part of what makes the season seem sort of ...

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Live Your Life to the Fullest

A CE Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone –  Studies show that the happiest people are those who seek meaning as opposed to just pleasure. Yet, are we really asking ourselves the right questions about what would make our lives meaningful? Despite what we ...

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