PSYCHVINE

Category: Decision making

No matter where you live in the world, you may have strong emotions about the recent U.S. election.  Millions of those living in the United States have expressed intense frustration, anger, rage, disbelief, depression, despair, anxiety, fear, and pessimism.  Others feel joy and extreme optimism about the future now that Donald Trump has won. Today’s headlines about possible Russian interference in the election has stunned many people while others seemingly feel indifferent or complacent about that ominous possibility.  Another bombshell…

I grew up in Detroit during the good times. My father worked in the auto industry for 36 years. He was able to provide a stable, good, middle class life for his family and see both of his children through college. I was a loyal American car buyer until the late 70’s and the oil crisis. I bought my first Toyota in 1979. I felt a little bad about it at the time. Over the years, I bought a few…

The following is a second excerpt from Fred’s court referred psychotherapy. Dr. Smelt continues to grapple with achieving a better therapeutic relationship with Fred who remains resistant to this point. Dr. Smelt asks for more information, “Fred, tell me a little bit more about your feeling of embarrassment. Do you feel that way because you’re coming here to see me or is there more?” “I really don’t mind coming to this office all that much. I realize that lots of…

In several previous blogs, we discussed domestic abuse and violence. In the first blog, we reviewed common abusive behaviors known as gaslighting. The second blog discussed more examples of gaslighting behavior. Finally, we wrote on the topic of why people return to toxic relationships. The following TED talk by Leslie Morgan Steiner describes a moving account of one woman’s story.      

In the last blog, Dr. Smelt explained the way thoughts and perceptions about events strongly influence feelings and emotions. She also explained that behaviors also affect emotions and moods. Let’s pick up the conversation from there. “Now, we need to talk about the goals you may have for our time together. I’ll use the whiteboard again to keep us focused and on track. Let’s start with any goal that comes to mind for you,” Dr. Smelt suggests. “Well, that’s the…

Dr. Smelt begins this second psychotherapy session by asking Kimberly, “Do you have any feelings, thoughts, or reactions to last week’s session that you’d like to share?” (See In Therapy: Session 1 and Session 1.5) “Well, I guess it’s important for you to gather up a lot of information, but I’m much more interested in knowing what’s going to happen next. I suppose you want to know all about my childhood?” Dr. Smelt nods and says, “I probably will ask…

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