Stay Right When You’re Wronged

Rick Hanson, PhD looks at ways to see things clearly, do what you can and let it go. It’s easy to treat people well when they treat you well. The real test is when they treat you badly. Think of… Read more »

The Impact of Gratitude on Health and Well-Being

Dr. Robert Emmons’s research on gratitude began with a fairly simple experiment, asking one group of students to write down three “benefits” a day for 10 weeks – i.e, enjoying a haircut or a car stopping for them at an… Read more »

Ask Lisa: Should I cut off from my family of origin?

I’m doing a lot of personal work on overcoming some really dysfunctional situations with my family of origin. I’m 71 years old, (which is hard for me to even believe, feel like I’m 30) and am realizing that in order for… Read more »

Your Emotional Leftovers – and How to Clear Out the Fridge by Re-wiring Your Brain

Neuropsychologist and writer, Marsha Lucas, PhD believes that emotional leftovers are similar to leftovers in your fridge.  They’re kind of messy – and much of the time they get old and you might even delay their removal longer than desired.   We’re… Read more »

4 “Can’t-Miss” Tools for Improved Resilience and Emotional Health

I attended the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC recently and left with some highly useful tools to benefit your emotional health from the workshop, Neuroscience and the Art of Self Care conducted by Linda Graham, MFT.  If you struggle with… Read more »

Who Says Our Dysfunctional Parents Did the Best They Could?

You all know this phrase.  It makes me want to scream whenever I hear it, these days at least:  They did the best they could. I just asked my spouse what he thought of the term, what it really means,… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Morality

(Post 9/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Intuition, ”Intuition is a deep and profound knowing often below the level of conscious processing of what makes the most sense.  The pre-frontal cortex integrates that ‘felt’  knowing with conscious… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Intuition

(Post 8/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Insight and Awareness, “To cope with the mysterious and precarious unpredictability of life, we have to be able to expand our perspective from ‘why me?’ to ‘why not me?’” … Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Insight and Awareness

(Post 7/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Response Flexibility, “In order to cope with change, we have to be able to change how we cope.  The more flexible someone can be, not chaotic or floundering but… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Response Flexibility

(Post 6/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Empathy, “neuropsychologists see empathy as the integration of body-based information and emotional signals and cognitive thought and beliefs about another’s experience, making sense, making meaning, creating understanding, and then… Read more »