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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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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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Components of Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

Addictive behavior usually contains the following components: Acting Out Behavior: Addicts create a mood through a change in their behavior that sets the stage to go into the addictive high. Thus, sex addicts will purchase pornographic material. Drug addicts will make the call to the drug dealer. These “acting out” behaviors are a preliminary part of the addictive process and …

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The Stages of Recovery from Harm

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Forgiveness

Sidney and Suzanne Simon, in their book, Forgiveness, identify several stages in the process of recovery from abuse. Recovering from hurt is a challenging but potentially rewarding life task. Recovery involves – 1.) recognizing that the harm has occurred. We may cling to our old “family secrets,” or we may feel that “that was then and this is now.” Denial …

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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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Pleasure and Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

“To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare We are all pleasure seekers. There are pleasure centers located within the human brain, which, when activated, are associated with feelings of euphoria. This is part of the daily cycle we all experience. During the day we go through naturally occurring periods when we feel comfortable, secure, happy, and fulfilled – …

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