Neuroscience Suggests That We're All "Wired" for Addiction

Interesting article and reminder that addiction takes many forms and can affect anyone ... if you are dealing with addiction call me today (941) 376-6834.


Article from Psychology Today Author,  Christopher Bergland:

"Contrary to popular belief, Anderson has found that even those without a history of addiction can quickly develop attentional biases that mimic addictive behavior. After undergoing classical conditioning between stimuli and a drug-free reward, participants who identified as nonaddicts responded to cues in ways that would equate to relapse for a drug addict. To some degree, everyone’s brain appears to be “wired” for addiction—and we all have the capacity to become an addict." ... Continue Reading:

Living with Loneliness

Interesting thoughts on dealing with loneliness. A good article to get you thinking, let's talk more (941) 376-6834.


Article from Psychology Today Author,  Robert L. Leahy Ph.D.:

"Have you had the experience of feeling lonely, like there is no one around and no one to talk to, as you sink into a state of sadness or anxiety that you fear you will never get over? Does such a feeling overwhelm you at times? If you've had such feelings of loneliness, you are far from alone. Loneliness is one of the most common, if unpleasant emotions that millions of people experience. For some, it may be a passing emotion. For others, it’s a recurring sense of desperation and sadness. 

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Happy Mind, Happy Life: A Valentine’s Day Gift

Interesting thoughts on relationships and the value of a healthy mind.


Article from Psychology Today Author,  Joseph Cardillo Ph.D.:

"As time goes on in relationships, however, celebratory activities often have to get bigger and fancier for the same rewards, which eventually weaken in effect. This happens to just about everyone. Not only does the tremendously rich energy you initially felt decline, but so do many of those aspects of our lives that were vitalized and sustained by it—everything from health to physical and mental strength. 

Nonetheless, the luxurious, high-quality energy of relationships we initially connect with is real. And it doesn’t have to fade or run out." ... Keep Reading:

Ten Steps to Freeing Yourself from Your Worry

A good article to get you thinking but if this sounds familiar it's time to talk about it ... call me today (941) 376-6834.


Article from Psychology Today Author,  Robert L. Leahy Ph.D.:

"Are you dwelling on negative thoughts about the future—predicting that dire or terrible things will happen? Do you lose sleep because of your worry, find yourself distracted, feel nauseated, exhausted, and tense? Worry is one of the most common psychological problems that many of us face, but some people find themselves worried about something on a daily basis. If that is the case, then you might be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder." ... Keep Reading:

10 Reasons Why People Spend Too Much

Do you truly live within your means? What drives us to spend too much? An interesting article on behavioral economics:


Article from Pyschology Today Author, Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. :

"Many Americans live beyond their means. The recent CFPB survey found that about one-third of people ages 30 to 49 had more credit card debt than savings (CFPB, 2017). What drives us to spend too much? Behavioral economics provides some insights as to why we go over budget and how to curb the impulse." ... Keep Reading:



Go Where It’s Green: A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

Many of us focus on some classic New Year’s resolutions: eating healthier, getting in shape, etc.

What about mental health? Start small - like spending more time in green spaces and natural settings.

Want even more meaningful change this year? Let's talk. Message me today.


From Psychology Today Author, Constance Scharff Ph.D.:

"One of the problems with New Year’s resolutions is that most of us who make them aim too high. After at least a week of merry-making, starting with events before Christmas and culminating with New Year’s Day binges of sports and food, we suddenly expect ourselves to turn our lives around. We vow to go to the gym five days a week or switch to a paleo diet. We want to lose fifty or a hundred pounds and get in shape for summer. The reality, however, is that these changes are too drastic for us to be successful. Instead of expecting radical change in an instant, why not focus on smaller changes that can create big differences in our lives?" ... Continue Reading:


Two Magic Words that Keep Relationships Together

Harriet Lerner Ph.D. discusses how apologizing can keep marriages, friendships, and families from falling apart.

“An apology, like a nail, is a seemingly small yet vital tool. Without it, things fall apart.

In my work as a psychologist, I see marriages fail and family members stop speaking to one another because someone will not apologize, or the apology is offered in a way that only deepens the injury rather than widening the path for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Even good relationships suffer quietly beneath the surface when a hurt or insult goes unrepaired. For the want of a heartfelt apology, a kingdom of trust and affection may be lost…” Read more:


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Are You Conflict Avoidant or Conflict Seeking?

F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W, Psychology Today contributor, sheds some light on whether it's better to seek out or avoid conflict.

"Parents of a two and a half year old cannot agree on how to handle his newly developing temper tantrums. The mother wants to give him a time out to help him calm down. The father cannot bear for the boy to be upset and wants to give let him have whatever he is demanding. “I know it’s wrong,” says the dad. “But I have this feeling ‘he’s just a little kid. He wants it so badly. Why can’t we give it to him?’”

A manager has to discipline a member of her team. “I really hate it,” she says. “I did everything I could to get out of it. And when my boss made it clear that I didn’t have a choice, I started finding excuses to be out of the office or away from my desk when the guy I have to talk to was around..." Read on:



ABC 7 Segment "Looking for Love on the Suncoast" Featuring Advice from Robert Bakst

... "Just go places that make you happy, deal with things that make you happy, and surround yourself with people that make you happy and only good things come from it," said David Ford-Coates. 

Pyschotherapist Robert Bakst says there’s some truth to that idea.

"In terms of meeting people, I think it’s a good idea to pursue your passions, interests and hobbies," said Bakst. "I think that’s a more natural way of meeting people."

Pew Research reports only 5 percent of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship met online. The other 95 percent met without the help of a dating site.

"It’s important to be out there and to do something different," said Bakst. "If it means being at a supermarket and going up to someone you don’t know and talking to them. I mean, nothing ventured nothing gained."

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Excerpt from Stewart Emery's "You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself"

“Life is a spiritual discipline.  And we all live in an ashram that supports our spiritual growth.  The name of the ashram is planet Earth.  You cannot get off the path you are on, because the path is not narrow, it is spherical, it includes the whole planet.  Anywhere you put your foot is where your path is.  Even the idea that you are not on the path is part of the path.

Whatever is next for you, whatever you are struggling with right now, is the key to your liberation.  Don’t resist your experience.  Whatever it is, embrace it.”

Stewart Emery, You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself

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