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Keep our city clean PLEASE!

by Elissa Habinsky, M.A., M.S. 

New Yorkers walk no matter what the weather is.  We walk in the rain, the snow and the sleet. However, as the weather gets warmer, as it is doing so now, we stroll. Strolling rather than walking allows one to notice things that we may miss when walking since when we walk, we tend to do so quickly, and often are glancing at our phones or listening to music. Moreover, as I was strolling down the street the other day, I noticed several things that triggered me to become angry.… Read more...

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Prince and the REBT Revolution

by Deniz Sidali, M.A. 

Last week was not a good week for me and other fans of the artist, Prince who suddenly passed away at a very young age. I grew up avidly listening to Prince’s music and remember bopping away on the dance floor in my pink bridesmaid’s dress at my brother’s wedding to his hit song “Let’s Go Crazy”. One of the first lyrics to this song goes, “Dearly beloved We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life”.… Read more...

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Noticing Positive Change

by William Taboas, M.A. 

It’s easy to notice what goes wrong when something does, but it’s harder for us to notice when things don’t go wrong. Think about Murphy’s Law (Anything that can go wrong will go wrong) and think about how many of us are constantly preemptively avoiding bad things from occurring. Sure, we celebrate our triumphs, but those are typically major. What ever happened to noticing the small triumphs in a day?

We are wired to look for errors and possible calamities in our environment.… Read more...

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The Neverending Quest for Happiness

by Megan Sy, M.A., M.S. 

“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness” — Viktor Frankl

In modern society, happiness is almost always the end goal, the thing we chase in nearly every aspect of our lives. We have all heard about the benefits of being happy – improved physical health, more harmonious relationships, overall life satisfaction, and more. Recently, however, some researchers from UCSF and UNC argued that the quest for happiness isn’t all it’s cut out to be.… Read more...

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I can’t believe it!

by Mark Schiffman, M.S. 

How many times can you eat I can’t Believe it’s not Butter! before you actually believe it is not butter? How many times can you watch Stephen Curry hit a ridiculous three point shot and say “I can’t believe he just hit that shot!”   We often throw around the expression “I can’t believe it” without stopping to reflect if we actually could believe it.  With the two relatively frivolous examples above, the fact that we “can’t believe it” will hopefully not result in  too much emotional distress (unless you are one of the few people who don’t like Stephen Curry).… Read more...

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Rejection Therapy

by Brianna Cheney, M.A.

In a January 2015 podcast entitled “Fearless”, the writers of Invisibilia interviewed Jason Comely, the creator of “rejection therapy” — a social self-help game that challenges players to encounter all sorts of situations in which they are likely to experience rejection with the goal of overcoming their fear of rejection.  For anyone familiar with RE & CBT, this “game” likely sound familiar!

Behavioral exposure has been a widely used intervention since the 1950s and Dr.… Read more...

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It’s Groundhog Day

by Deniz Sidali, M.A.

The movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray as a misanthropic meteorologist grudgingly stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where he relives February 2nd several times because he is unaware that he is in a time loop. By the end of the movie, Murray learns several life lessons about himself, others, and his life, and changes his perspective and interactions with others.  A lot of people in America often reference this movie when they state, “Boy I wish I could go back in time and redo a lot of things differently in my life like the movie Groundhog Day”.… Read more...

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Be The Change You Want To Be

by William Taboas, M.A.

There are some of us who get caught up in too many “why’s” about ourselves. Why did this happen to me? Why am I this way? Some of us go to psychotherapy to answer these questions in hopes to change some aspects of our lives. The thing is, the “why” doesn’t get us to change. It only gets us to be more self-aware. The “how”, “where”, and “when” will get us to change.… Read more...

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The Next Stop on this Train is Anger Management

by Megan Sy, M.A., M.S. 

I struggle with irrational thinking every time I ride the subway. There are just so many things that get on my nerves – people that hog the poles, people that stand in the doorways, people that take up too much room, people that use strong-smelling lotion… I could go on and on all day. Whether it’s a huge inconsiderate thing or a small petty thing, I guarantee I’ve been upset by it.… Read more...

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Bleacher Creatures

by Mark Schiffman, M.S.

On Tuesday I made a last minute decision to go to opening day at Yankee Stadium.  It was my first opening day game and it was the first time I sat in the right field bleachers and experienced firsthand the “Bleacher Creatures.” For those who are unfamiliar, the Bleacher Creatures “are a group of fans of the New York Yankees who are known for their strict allegiance to the team and their merciless attitude to opposing fans.”[1]

I overheard a number of verbal fights between one committed Yankee fan and a Houston Astros fan who had the guts to come with an Astros hat and jersey, but luckily nothing escalated to a physical fight. … Read more...

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