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Yes, I have flaws!

by Rosina Pzena, M.S. 

Something we often distresses ourselves about – whether we become angry, depressed, or another unhealthy negative emotion – is when other people point out one of our flaws, even when they are being 100% accurate. Most people have sensitive subjects. I often, for example, become irritated when people make jokes about how short I am, my sister hates when people notice or comment about her big feet, and my mother gets angry when people bring up her Brooklyn accent.… Read more...

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“Let it go, Indiana”

by Johna Hansen, LCSW

There is a scene in the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where Indiana Jones is hanging from a cliff being held only by his father’s hand.  On a ledge, just a few feet away from Indiana, lies the goblet that can be used to give one’s life longevity if dipped into a specific well. Minutes earlier Indiana watched as another person tried reaching for the goblet and fell into the abyss.… Read more...

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Don’t Tell Me To Be Quiet

by Raymond Moody, M.A.

I know I am loud and I am no stranger to the use of profanity. I am often reminded of my choice of words when I visit my family and friends who have children at the age where they repeat everything they hear. My voice just tends to travel which works well when I am giving a presentation to a large room or when I am trying to flag down my cousin at Disneyland.… Read more...

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Mindfulness for Children

by Megan Sy, M.S.

In the past several years, mindfulness-based interventions have received plenty of support in terms of their efficacy in decreasing negative emotions. Aspects of mindfulness may blend well with REBT theory and practice. For children, it may be particularly helpful to teach and practice mindfulness as it can strengthen their ability to perceive the world around them and their internal experiences. This in turn may allow them to better identify their thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.… Read more...
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Ride-Along REBT

by Rosina Pzena, M.S.

I am writing this blog immediately after having a confrontation at my graduate assistantship. I work in the disability services office, and exams get dropped off here for students who have testing accommodations. Someone just brought in an exam and when I asked him the standard timing of the exam, he became short with me. He said “Why should you be asking me that? Don’t you know how to do your job?” I tried my best to stay calm and explain why I needed to know, but he exclaimed that I was being rude and stormed out of the office.… Read more...

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Imperfectly Perfect

by Carly Mayer, M.S. 

We are all imperfect since we all have flaws and can benefit from improvements. There is no single version of perfect and thus, none of us are. So how come so many people are striving for perfection? I venture to say that most of us have been reinforced for some sort of perfection, whether it was a “perfect” presentation or a “perfect” party. When these things end, we want to achieve our next version of our best and this is helpful because it pushes us to work harder.… Read more...

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Guilt Trip

by Raymond Moody, M.A.

Do you ever get phone calls from an unknown number and cringe because you know it is probably a person on the other line trying to sell you some exclusive vacation deal? I get those calls all the time and sometimes I even answer the call because I think the number looks remotely familiar or I am worried that it may be someone who actually knows me and is trying to get a hold of me.

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I’m Late!

by Johna Hansen, L.C.S.W.

I’m late!

I’m late!

For a very important date!

No time to say “hello”, “goodbye”!

I’m late!

I’m late!

I’m late!

Do you know these lyrics from the song in Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” sung by White Rabbit?  If you’ve ever heard this song before, you can sense the urgency in White Rabbit’s voice that White Rabbit needs to get somewhere fast.  Often, when I’m running late for something, I think these lyrics repeatedly on my way to where I need to be. … Read more...

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Wait! Remember the B-C Connection

by Amanda Rosinski, M.A.

Recently, I’ve been watching a series on Netflix that features a young boy who has been diagnosed with autism. The series describes many of the challenges that parents who have children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders face on a daily basis. In one particular episode, the son was acting out in the grocery store checkout line. He and his father were in the express lane, and he had counted the number of items the person in front of them had to checkout, and began yelling that the person was breaking the rules of the express lane.… Read more...

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Watch Your Language!

by Mark Schiffman, M.S. 

One day, a professor interrupted his lecture and pulled out a bag of biscuits from his briefcase, mumbling that he was hungry and had to eat something. A kind and considerate professor, he offered some of these biscuits to his students.  As the students chewed these tasty biscuits, the professor showed his pupils the original packaging, which revealed the words “Dog Cookies.” Two of the students who were eating the “cookies” immediately became nauseous, put their hand in front of their mouths and ran out of the classroom to the bathroom.… Read more...

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