Anxiety

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Overcoming Binge Eating: Harm Minimization

November 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Back in training I remember being told that the average binge was about 2000 calories (approximately a day’s worth of calories). Binge eating thoughts When people have a sense of having overeaten, they typically think...

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"The Under-Regulation Reset" – Part 2

November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Following on from my last post (“The Under-Regulation Reset” – Part 1), something else that people who are in the habit of under-regulating their behaviour tend to struggle with is monitoring. Self-Monitoring is a skill...

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"The Under-Regulation Reset" – Part 1

November 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Quite a few of the clients I see for problems like depression, anxiety, or low self esteem, have lost (or never had) confidence in committing to consistently doing a particular behaviour in a particular circumstance,...

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Do Try This at Home…

November 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is a therapy exercise I’m currently enamored with, and one that lots of clients are really liking. Its an adapted version of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy activity. As well as being really effective,...

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In my last blog post, I wrote about why negative emotions affect thoughts. Here’s another thinking distortion that leads to irritability. Personalizing This cognitive bias is not necessarily relevant to you but it might be....

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Let’s think about your inner caveperson. The evolutionary purpose of negative emotions (i.e. why we have them – just like we have evolved opposable thumbs for a purpose) is mainly that they are a signaling...

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A common implicit assumption problem

October 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Implicit assumptions that are either just plain wrong or over-generalized are at the root of a lot of suffering and stuckness. Here’s a common implicit assumption problem Person makes implicit assumption “i can’t be good...

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Do you have stressful interpersonal situations that recur and leave you feeling overwhelmed or attacked? You might need to do some “top of the cliff” problem solving. Here’s an example. You’re a lawyer and people...

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This post covers ONE of the most common reasons for relationship communication failure, and includes HOW TO advice at the bottom. Flooding Psychology – Psychological flooding is one of the biggest things that gets in...

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When a person starts taking committed action in their valued life directions (e.g. eating healthfully), “stuff” has a tendency to pop up that derails them from keeping moving in that valued direction. That “stuff” is...

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