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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...

To tell you why you are depressed, I have to tell you some things about your nervous system. First off, in the olden days, pre-1995, before Stephen Porges published his Polyvagal theory, the world thought of the nervous system as “fight or flight,” or “rest and...

Express Your Feelings and Heal Life is full of experiences that you can't let yourself express your feelings about in the moment. But do you have a method that allows you to visit those moments again later and express those feelings? When you push away feelings to...

A while back, I wrote a blog explaining why therapists don’t answer questions, and while none of what I said in that blog has changed, I want to reiterate some points and add some others. The therapist is not a model for how you should...

"The Paranoid Is Never Entirely Mistaken"                                                                                ...

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...

Understanding the connection between physical ailments and emotional issues can be as simple as understanding that depression will lower your metabolism. A good way to alleviate the symptoms of depression is by breathing more, and more deeply. This will also increase your metabolism, as the extra...

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...