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Resilience & Dealing With Emotional Pain

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Resilient Personality

When a person undergoes a life disruption, it may not advisable to take medication that will alleviate the pain immediately. When pain is alleviated with medication, the person’s motivation to make changes is reduced. And there is a great deal to learn from the process of managing emotional pain. (Of course, there are times when medication becomes necessary, especially with …

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Developing Emotional Resilience

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series The Resilient Personality

Developing resilience depends on many factors in addition to achieving closure on previous life experiences. Those who are resilient have many of the following characteristics – A Sense of Hope and Trust in the World Those who are resilient seem to believe in the basic goodness of the world and trust that things will turn out all right in the …

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Coping With Life’s Disruptions

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series The Resilient Personality

We all have the capacity to reorganize our lives after a disruption and to achieve new levels of order and meaningfulness if we know how to activate our resilience. In fact, in order to mature through the process of meaningful change and reintegration, we may need to experience life disruptions. In other words, life disruptions are not necessarily a bad …

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Divorce is not Inevitable

Shielding your relationship from Divorce The break of a relationship is a painful experience. No one starts a marriage expecting to divorce. Yet a significant percentage of marriages eventually do end in a divorce. So what does it take to insulate your relationship from the series of choices that bring the relationship to an end? Professionals agree that valuing, prioritizing …

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The Resilient Personality – Bouncing Back from Hardship

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series The Resilient Personality

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson All of us experience major disruptions at certain points in our lives. In fact, this is an expected and predictable hallmark of the human condition. For some, these hard times come frequently – the impact of the trauma is …

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Additions and Working Through Life’s Challenges

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

We all face problems, stressors and anxieties in our everyday lives. This is a fundamental part of the human condition, and there is no escaping this basic truth. Indeed, challenges help us to grow. The normal process is to perceive a problem and then bring our emotional and thinking abilities into play in order to solve the problem. We can …

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Recovering from Addiction

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

“Not I, nor anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it yourself.” – Walt Whitman Coming to terms with addiction may be the most important journey of a person’s life. Because the addict’s primary relationship is with the addictive substance and everything else is secondary, only used to pursue the addictive high, the addict’s safety, security …

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Defining Characteristics of Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

The addictive quest for pleasure has some defining characteristics. Many addictions aim to increase arousal. This is the all-powerful feeling that might come from cocaine, amphetamines, the first few drinks of alcohol, shoplifting, sexual acting out or gambling. This omnipotent feeling, however, is eventually undermined when the addict realizes that a dependency has been formed. A feeling of fear replaces …

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A Forgiveness “To Do” List

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Forgiveness

____Understand fully that forgiveness does not mean that it is all right for the aggressive behavior to ever be repeated. Forgiveness is meant for past behavior that was unacceptable. ____Give up the unrealistic hope that the perpetrator will apologize, answer your questions or be able to explain why he or she hurt you. Even if apologies or answers were forthcoming, …

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What is Forgiveness?

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not a way of forgetting the past. Indeed, if you have been harmed, you should not forget it. You can learn from the past about how to avoid being harmed in the future. Nor is forgiveness a way of exonerating the perpetrator. Recognize that the harm did happen, that the other person is responsible for this and must …

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