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July 24, 2017
Liar Liar Pants on Fire!: Why We Lie

Are You A Liar? Before you answer with an emphatic ‘no’, let’s look at all the ways one can lie: Intentional deception Intentional omission Unintentional deception or omission (does unintentional mean it’s not a lie?) Exaggeration OR Minimization The “White Lie” The “I’m fine” line (a form of minimization) I’m sure there are others but […]

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July 17, 2017
Mollified with Music

Shoutee/Shouter Have you noticed that when you are shouting at someone, they stop listening?  They close down?  If you have children, you can actually see their eyes glaze over.  Now take a second and think about your reaction when someone yells at you.  Do you really get anything out of the interaction other than increased […]

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July 10, 2017
More Valuable Than "Laundry"?: Finding Contentment in Simply Existing

What do you do? ~ a question asked by several people just yesterday Why do we ask that question of people?  It’s almost the very first question we ask, isn’t it?  But that question puts people on the spot.  I suppose, it’s how we try to figure out who people are.  And, truthfully, you can […]

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July 3, 2017
The Misery of Others

As you may know, I’m working on my first novel.  I’m taking all the writing classes I can.  Currently, I’m taking a “Master the Scene” class.  I want to share a sentence: “Readers live for schadenfreude – the delight in the misery of others.” Is that true?  Please don’t just jump to “no, of course […]

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June 26, 2017
Let the Inner Critic Speak: Just Redirect Her!

Our inner critic has one favorite activity – knocking you off your game!  I just wrote another recipe that helped to shut the critic’s mouth.  As I did those activities, I realized I was having a ton of fun with one specific activity: Imagine you are at dinner with a [fictional] character you absolutely HATE.  […]

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June 19, 2017
Your Inner Critic vs The Fictional World: A Recipe to Shut Her Up

What do you when your inner critic rattles your cage?  You know what I’m talking about – you’re trying to do/change/become something and your inner voice tells you why you can’t/ shouldn’t/ won’t.   Before you keep reading, find that voice and let her get a few jabs in – that way, you’ll know if this […]

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June 12, 2017
Negative Nelly Gets to Talk

Does your brain ever send you negative messages?  I’m not talking about the Inner Critic.  The Inner Critic likes to beat you up for being you.  The Negative Brain just likes to whine about what is.  For example, the Negative Brain may say, “This day sucks.”  The Inner Critic says “this day sucks because you […]

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June 5, 2017
The Dragons Inside Us

"I wasted so much time being other people.  But I’m good enough just being me." Kelly Osbourne interview on Good Morning America on 4/25/2017 How Many Personalities Do I Have? Think about you … the ways you behave, think, interact.  How many personalities do you have?  For example, how to you act when you are […]

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May 29, 2017
What Does an Extreme Emotion Feel Like?

Some people, like my husband, live in a more rational world.  He rarely, if ever, feels an out-of-control emotion.  He gets angry, sad, scared – but he never feels out-of-control.  When an emotion hits me in that powerful way, he’ll often look at me as if I’m an alien.  My kids actually used to say […]

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May 22, 2017
The Road to Your Next Best Decision: Can You Define Your Values?

In my group therapy session a few weeks ago, we talked about decision-making.  The leader asked this question:  Do your day-to-day decisions align with your values? That sounds like such an easy question, doesn’t it?  But what about the follow-up question:  What are your values?  The question is NOT what are you goals.  Goals and […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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