Most of us have had moments of loneliness, feeling deep and empty sadness. I felt it as a farm girl, living at the end of a long lane. I felt it in high school, being surrounded by other students while feeling shunned. I felt it when I moved to the city and knew no one. […]
social intelligence, feelings, boundaries, emotions, humor
“Loneliness kills!” Dr. Robert Waldinger, Harvard University We were forty-years-old when my hubby was transferred from Ontario to Calgary, Alberta. I felt excited to explore the employment opportunities in this dynamic city. After four months of job seeking, I was still unemployed. I was often home alone and the phone seldom rang from near or […]
You have known your conscious, aware part of yourself all your life. You know what you know. However, most adults have stifled, stuffed, or denied many of their painful and dysfunctional childhood experiences. Most adults have unconscious thoughts and beliefs, and emotional triggers. Many have trouble regulating their emotions. This is, of course, inhibits our […]
Really, a dream can strengthen resilience? Yep, and here’s why and how.
How can you tell if you are addicted to approval?
The concept of inner child work, in the field of psychological healing, increased in the 1960s, particularly due to the theory of Transnational Analysis developed by the Canadian born psychiatrist, Eric Berne. Discovering and developing a relationship with your inner child is similar to concepts and ideas such as making the unconscious conscious, getting to […]
At the beginning of April, in response to covid-19, I offered my eNewsletter recipients three free counselling sessions. The response was significant. Several themes emerged. Half of the respondents were warding off elevated distress and anxiety levels. The other half were taking advantage of the extra time for introspection–to explore their feelings, beliefs and stumbling […]
Here are some thoughts of the dynamics of feeling betrayed.
Although, at times, those with high resilience feel nervous, they are typically immune to feeling high anxiety. For others, full blown panic attacks can not only be frightening and exhausting but debilitating.
Surely we want to tell stories that enhance our vitality, harmony and work satisfaction.
You and your dear one are discussing what to prepare for dinner. Suddenly your heart races and your fists clench. You are ready to fight, run or collapse. Your dearest is now the enemy! YIKES! You are now in the depth of an emotional trigger! Most of have been there! Repeatedly, when people ask, “What […]
I propose that we, that includes you, demonstrate courage every day in many ways. The meaning of courage is to feel anxious or scared but take positive action anyway. It’s easy to see courage in action from our esteemed role models. Mother Teresa tirelessly worked in the slums of Calcutta. Nelson Mandela spent years in […]