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Tantrums & Brain Integration

Has your 2 years-old child thrown a tantrum in the middle of a store? Has your 4 years-old refuse to get dressed? Does your fifth-grader mope on the bench instead of playing on the field? Believe it or not, a lot of it has to do with the many parts of their brain. Our right and left brain are not …

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Successful Marriage

Successful Marriage, San Diego Couples Therapy

A successful marriage can only happen if first and foremost, the husband and wife are friends. Romance is great, but it fades in and out; so don’t depend on that to keep you together. This perspective contradicts the popular notion that says couples need to be “soul mates,” “in love,” or even “compatible” before marrying. Such sentimental talk ignores the …

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Screening Children for Depression

San Diego Child Therapy

Screening Children for Depression at Age 12 The US preventive Services Task Force recently released their recommendation for screening children for depression starting at the age of 12. This recommendation was previously made in 2009 and as in 2009, the task force continued to conclude that they don’t have enough evidence to recommend the same screening for children 11 and …

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Conflicts & Couples

Couples therapy, couples arguing

As long as relationships exist, conflicts and disagreements will always be part of them. As soon as you put two human beings together, you have two cultures, two backgrounds, two frame of reference, two mindset, two families of origin, two ways of doing things etc.. Conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. Depending of the family of origin and even the culture …

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Passive-Aggressive Partner- Part 4

marriage couseling & Fighting Fairly

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE PARTNER Depending on the nature of your relationship and your values, you ultimately have two choices in dealing with a passive-aggressive partner. You can either repair the relationship or you can end it, and of course the former is usually the preferred option. Here are some tips to follow in containing passive-aggression: 1- …

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Passive-Aggressive Partner – Part 3

Marriage counseling

What Is The Behavior of a Passive-Aggressive Person? Here are some of the obvious ways in which a person express anger or aggression passively. (Of course, a passive-aggressive person will display some of these behaviors only part of the time and some of them may not apply at all.) Lateness and Forgetfulness: One of the traits of passive-aggressive behavior most …

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Passive-Aggressive Partner – Part 2

Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling

How does a person get to be passive-aggressive? Certainly we are taught from an early age not to express out anger, but this hardly explains the severity of the problem in some people. Most passive-aggressive people experience a conflict over dependency. Rather than going through the normal developmental sequence in childhood of separating from one’s parents and then forming one’s …

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Passive-Aggressive Partner

Couples therapy, couples arguing
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Passive-Aggressive Partners

Anger Expressed Covertly Is both Infuriating and Destructive to a Relationship Some people just can’t admit that they’re angry. Anger is one of the basic emotions which touches all of our lives to one degree or another. Indeed, a person who is incapable of experiencing anger would certainly be at a disadvantage in trying to survive. Used constructively, anger helps …

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Actively Listening – Part 5

Counseling families, Family Therapy

LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN Children need to be heard. Listening to children gives them the feeling that they count, that they matter. They can draw on the strength and experience of an adult whom they trust – and they trust those who give them stable and consistent attention. It is during childhood that they develop a level of self-esteem that …

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Actively Listening- Part 4

actively listening to your partner

A Listening Exercise for Couples Reciprocal listening is a powerful tool for couples who need to improve their communication. Couples who try this may become aware of how limited their communication has been in the past. They also learn an effective technique, which can increase the respect, trust, and intimacy of their relationship. This exercise may seem structured and perhaps …

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