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Internet Addiction & Brain Abnormalities

Internet addiction A recent study presented at The American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in New York earlier this month shows that there appears to be a correlation between internet addiction and mental health problems. Although internet addictions are not considered a diagnosable disorder, adults see the behaviors and the potential problems emerging. Dr. Jadapalle, a psychiatry resident at Morehouse School …

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Resolving Conflicts Skillfully

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Here is a model that may help in resolving interpersonal conflicts. Identify the Problem. Have a discussion to understand both sides of the problem. The goal at this initial stage is to say what you want and to listen to what the other person wants. Define the things that you both agree on, as well as the ideas that have …

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Effective Communication Strategies to Reduce Conflicts

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Once you find yourself in a conflicted situation with someone else, it is important to reduce the emotional charge from the situation so that you and the other person can deal with your differences on a rational level in resolving the conflict. Defusing The Situation: The other person might be angry and may come to the situation armed with a …

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Interpersonal Conflict and Effective Communication

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Conflict and Communication

Relationships with frequent conflict may be healthier than one with no observable conflict. Conflict between people is a fact of life – and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a relationship with frequent conflict may be healthier than one with no observable conflict. Conflicts occur at all levels of interaction – at work, among friends, within families and …

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Learn to Self-Soothe in the Face of Conflict

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

We blame our partners when we feel discomfort, and this tends to create distance within an emotionally committed relationship. The distance, then, creates a feeling of further discomfort. The clue to dealing with this dilemma is to learn how to soothe your own emotional pain. This can open the way to more passion and closeness in your relationship. Schnarch offers …

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Is your teenage son/daughter depressed?

Depression is a serious problem. It impacts every aspect of the depressed teenager’s life. When feeling depressed, they procrastinate and are unable to complete tasks. They may make promises they won’t keep. Depending upon their level of depression, they may not feel like doing anything. Teen depression can lead to alcohol and drug, self-hatred, violence, and even suicide. If your …

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Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Relational Therapy John Gottman, in his book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail”, points out four strategies for improving relationships. Most of us are not especially adept at these skills, especially when we enter into a significant life relationship, but learning them gives us a good chance to increase the success of both our relationship and our total …

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Making Positive Relationship Changes

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

There is still hope for couples who find themselves in destructive patterns, but they must learn new skills. Consulting with a trained therapist is generally the most effective way to do this, and I can help. One skill to learn is how to avoid flooding, which is a feeling of being overwhelmed by your partner’s negativity and your own reactions. …

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Phases of the Negative Cascade – Stonewalling

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

In the final phase of the negative cascade the couple finally breaks off normal contact. Gottman found that 85 percent of stonewallers are men. This phase characterizes a stage in the damaged relationship where one of the partners decides that no communication is better than the destructive feelings and words that have prevailed prior to this point. Withdrawing from interaction …

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Phases of the Negative Cascade – Defensiveness

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

Defensiveness is an attempt to protect oneself and to guard against further attacks. When a person is bombarded with criticism and indications of contempt, it is natural to feel like a victim – and victims go into a defensive posture (“I haven’t done anything wrong, so stop picking on me”). The victim feels justified in doing this. However, what is …

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