What is Alexithymia? When Emotions Just Aren’t Your Thing

Do you draw a blank when people ask you how you feel? Are you often accused of not understanding others, or not showing enough empathy? Even when you tried your best? You might have a personality trait called alexithymia. Does trying to understand others leave you lost and depressed? Want to talk to someone who [Read Entire Story]

How To Master & Control Your Emotions

The Weight Loss Surgery Coping Companion: A Practical Guide for Coping with Post-Surgery Emotions

In The Weight Loss Surgery Coping Companion, Dr. Kabala assists post-weight loss surgery patients, many of whom have a history of using overeating as a coping mechanism, in identifying healthy, new, non-food related strategies for coping with challenging feelings. With insight and sensitivity, Dr. Kabala leads readers through exercises that help them develop strategies for [More About This Book]

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

?Buck up.” ?Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” ?Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical [More About This Book]

End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food

If you eat to help manage your emotions, you may have discovered that it doesn’t work. Once you’re done eating, you might even feel worse. Eating can all too easily become a strategy for coping with depression, anxiety, boredom, stress, and anger, and a reliable reward when it’s time to celebrate. If you are ready [More About This Book]

Personal Growth Starts with an Internal Program Upgrade

What do you do when you want your computer to perform a task that is currently beyond its ability? You upgrade it, right? Sometimes it is a major system upgrade and sometimes it is just a matter of upgrading a single program. But one way or another you make some internal changes so it will perform better. We all accept this concept; otherwise we wouldn’t be able to function online. In fact, we do this type of upgrading in many areas of life because technology moves forward and if we want… [Read Entire Story]

Best Foods To Eat To Improve Your Mood

This is a guest post by Virginia Cunningham. Virginia is a freelance writer from the Los Angeles area whose writing covers everything on health, including healthy cooking, family meal planning and fitness. Whenever she needs a quick pick-me-up, she makes sure to eat foods that are healthy as well as mood-improving. Whether you’re stressed out from work, or just down in the dumps for what seems like no reason at all, everybody can use a pick-me-up from time to time. While you might want to reach for a bag of potato chips or that gallon of ice cream in the freezer, there are some foods that have been proven to actually help improve your mood… [Read Entire Story]

Self Pity (The Emotional Parasite)

*Self-pity is a parasite that feeds on itself. Many of us are inclined towards self-pity, not allowing for the balance of life’s natural tragedies. We will face good and bad times–and they will pass. With certainty they will pass. The attitude “Why me?” hints at the little compassion we generally feel for others’ suffering. Our empathy with others’ even our awareness of their suffering, is generally minimal. We are much too involved in our … [Read Entire Story]

The Birth Of Violence – A Theory on How and Why It Exist

What is it about human beings that makes us resort to violence? Sometimes I ponder this question and wonder why humans are so easily angered into violent acts. If we think about it, violence has been in human behavior since the dawn of time. Cane and Able for example; Cane being the first murderer and Able being the first murdered victim. All over Cane being jealous of Able. Did this set the path for human behavior? Or were we created this way? If this set the path or we were created this way, either way, I believe our creators were NOT perfect. (Note: I … [Read Entire Story]

How to express your feelings without fear

Many people “swallow” their feelings, driven by their low self-esteem and ego, while some demand from others to guess their feelings…! Even if you’re trapped, frustrated or upset, express yourself freely in your own way! You may worry about the conflict with the people close to you or about rejection and may not be able to admit that you are being overwhelmed with envy, anger or … [Read Entire Story]

Living An Unhappy Life – The Causes and Effects.

Someone once said – “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” (Author Unkown) A dear friend sent me this parable the other day and its been on my mind ever since. … [Read Entire Story]