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Research about Media Violence Effects on Children

The controversial topic about media violence and the effects that it has on children has been around since before the television was introduced to the public.  In the 1930s scientists started studying it with the Payne Fund Studies (Boduch, 2008, p. 40), in the...

The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to others is a reliable way to reduce your confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. It must be natural to make these types of comparisons, because nearly everyone does it. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good move. If you want to become the best...

Do you want to live a more fulfilling and rewarding life?

Many people want more out of life, not just thrills and money but something more rewarding, something more profound that is found deep inside and something that is intimate and strangely invigorating.  Having a relationship with God, really wanting Him to squeeze out...

3 Tips for Combating the Empty Nest Syndrome

Taking your kids to college is undoubtedly a bittersweet moment. You’re proud that your children are on their way to adulthood. Nevertheless, you’re saddened by the fact that they’ll soon be off in a dorm room with strangers rather than home in their...

Parent History

Allender states that in order to understand our personal stories we must, “consider the various characters – both major and minor- who make an appearance” in our lives. Allender points out that the major characters of parents come with their own stories that are often...

Relationship Detox

The law of averages is a theory where the result of a situation will end up being the average of all possible outcomes. I believe this is where Jim Rohn got his famous quote of “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”...

Anger, Self-Blame… It’s ALL Your Fault

              Whose fault is it that you went through that terrible time?  Is it REALLY yours?  Did YOU cause that person to treat you terribly?  So you are telling me that YOU can control...

How Positive Delusions Can Help You to Reach Your Goals

A positive delusion could be viewed as merely a very positive attitude. Now, you might think that’s just being inaccurate and lying to yourself. You might be right, but the science is clear on this matter. Studies have shown that people who overestimate their skills,...

Even Hard Times = God’s Will?

Allender writes, “Coming to love your own life requires you to believe that the past was God’s will…” When I first read these words I was taken aback. God’s Will is perfect so it’s difficult to see that these tragedies that people go through are of Him. Perhaps it’s...

Reviewing My Life

Allender states, “If we’re taking a course, we’re willing to study books that bore us to pieces, but we won’t take time to review our own life, which holds answers about God and ourselves that will thrill us, amaze us and sober us.” I have had lots of experiences in...
Work Smarter, Not Harder: 5 Ways to Avoid Micromanaging

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 5 Ways to Avoid Micromanaging

Are you guilty of micromanaging? The reality is that micromanagement is extremely difficult for most people to steer clear of. There’s usually something innate that tells you the only way something can get done correctly is if you do it yourself or closely monitor as...

12 Surprising Reasons Why You Overeat

12 Surprising Reasons Why You Overeat

Overeating can have many causes, but they all produce the same result. You gain weight and feel like you’re out of control. While you may be blaming yourself for lacking willpower or not trying hard enough, there could be something else at work. The real reasons why...

12 Strategies to Help You Say Goodbye to All-or-Nothing Thinking

12 Strategies to Help You Say Goodbye to All-or-Nothing Thinking

If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, it may be a matter of how you look at the world. All-or-nothing thinking can make you feel like a victim of circumstances and cause emotional swings. One day you think your marriage was made in heaven. The next you want to call...

The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to others is a reliable way to reduce your confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. It must be natural to make these types of comparisons, because nearly everyone does it. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good move. If you want to become the best...

How Positive Delusions Can Help You to Reach Your Goals

How Positive Delusions Can Help You to Reach Your Goals

A positive delusion could be viewed as merely a very positive attitude. Now, you might think that’s just being inaccurate and lying to yourself. You might be right, but the science is clear on this matter. Studies have shown that people who overestimate their skills,...

Passion is like a Fingerprint

Passion is like a Fingerprint

Allender states, “Our passion moves us to choose one path over another, and it is as unique as a fingerprint.” My passion is people as well as helping them. I know that most people in the counseling or human services state that helping others is their passion but I...

Parent History

Parent History

Allender states that in order to understand our personal stories we must, “consider the various characters – both major and minor- who make an appearance” in our lives. Allender points out that the major characters of parents come with their own stories that are often...

Reviewing My Life

Reviewing My Life

Allender states, “If we’re taking a course, we’re willing to study books that bore us to pieces, but we won’t take time to review our own life, which holds answers about God and ourselves that will thrill us, amaze us and sober us.” I have had lots of experiences in...

Anger, Self-Blame… It’s ALL Your Fault

Anger, Self-Blame… It’s ALL Your Fault

              Whose fault is it that you went through that terrible time?  Is it REALLY yours?  Did YOU cause that person to treat you terribly?  So you are telling me that YOU can control...

Girl, put that anger away… Deal with it the right way

Girl, put that anger away… Deal with it the right way

We all get angry. Anger occurs when someone behaves in a way that violates our ‘rules’ or standards. While anger is neither good nor bad, what you choose to do with that anger can make a huge difference in your life. Anger can be a trigger to motivate you to resolve a...