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If it’s true that great relationships and health are built on a foundation of balance, which they are, then it’s important to remember that balance does not mean “perfectly symmetrical.” There is beauty and interest in asymmetrical balance. So, giving up moderation for intensity or total abstinence...

Think of the involuntary responses in your body as the big, beautiful horse in this photo. Now, imagine being a rider on that beast who can't control it. That's what's happening when you can't control your words and actions. Your ego has lost control of that...

Did anyone ever tell you that if  you didn't "get that look off your face" it would stick that way? Well, they weren't all wrong because unexpressed emotions can stress the muscles. When you force yourself to hold in a feeling by contracting your muscles, you...

It's not "mental health." It's uncontrolled anger. Since the general term “mental health” is being erroneously substituted in discussions lately for the specific problem of uncontrolled anger, I’ve decided to beat the drum of anger management. As I’ve said before, violence is not the result of “mental...

Deep Change is Much More Than Finding a Comfortable Role or Playing Better Games Going to therapy to get better at playing the role of good husband, good wife, bread winner, hard worker, good student, bad boy, doting mother, martyr, or anything else will not make your life...

The truest test of your strength is revealed in your ability to tolerate intense feelings and refrain from acting on them in hurtful ways, toward yourself or anyone else.  The foundation of your ability to do this grows through the practice of mindful self-awareness. All...

Achieve comfort and safety by using your body to regulate your energy. Research is bearing out the reality that the use of talk therapy alone as a method of facilitating lasting change has limitations for some people. For these individuals, body psychotherapy is the key. Learning...

Self-possession is the state or feeling of being calm, confident, and in control of your feelings and composure. You only have one real possession, and that is yourself. If you want to be able to stop doing what you say you want to stop doing, start...

Let me get the hard news out of the way. If you want better relationships, you are going to have to start taking a good look at yourself first. The truth is, any change you want to see in your outside world starts with “the self.” Which...

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