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Managing Chronic Pain

Managing Chronic Pain

A surprising treatment for chronic pain I have a small cohort of patients who suffer chronic pain so intense and unremitting it prevents them from living normally. They often don’t work, shop, go to restaurants or movies, leave their homes or sometimes even their beds except to visit doctors, or have meaningful relationships outside their immediate family,[…]

If you do something too much, is it an addiction?

If you do something too much, is it an addiction?

Diagnosing addiction can be tricky This week millions of families will gather together to celebrate a holiday, Easter or Passover. At some of these gatherings, an uncle or cousin will talk too loud, interrupt too much or turn an innocent conversation about the state of the local baseball team into an ugly argument. He or she has[…]

The Meeting Eyes of Love: How Empathy Is Born In Us

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The mother’s eyes are the refuge where children confirm their existence. You learn the world from your mother’s face. The mother’s eyes, especially, are a child’s refuge, the mirror where children confirm their existence. From the doting reflection of its mother’s eyes, a baby draws its earliest, wordless lessons about connection, care, and love, and about[…]

Beat Addictions and Procrastination

Beat Addictions and Procrastination

Three Minute Refutations (TMR) involve a powerful exercise for changing your addictive thinking. While the Three Minute Exercise (in my book, Three Minute Therapy see pp. 9,18, 32, 40, etc.) helps you dispute your demands–your “musts” and “shoulds”–Three Minute Refutations targets your rationalizations or excuses, which arise from your demands. (Also available at www.ThreeMinuteTherapy.com) Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D., is a clinical[…]

Attractions of Inspiration and Attractions of Deprivation

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How to discern which attractions lead to pain and which can lead to real love If I could only share one insight with my single readers, it would be this: Learn to distinguish between your “attractions of deprivation” and your “attractions of inspiration.” Then, only follow your attractions of inspiration. I believe that’s the wisest path to[…]

The Pursuit of Happiness–Or the Quest for Wealth

The Pursuit of Happiness Or the Quest for Wealth

The materialistic search for happiness is laden with paradox. Sadly, in our capitalistic culture today, the two aspirations denoted in the above title–to me, sharply contrasting–are frequently confused. They can be (and have been) viewed as virtually identical. And if in fact happiness is conceived in monetary terms, then the more money gained, the more material objects acquired, the[…]

Is Hoarding an Addiction or Purely a Compulsive Behavior?

Is Hoarding an Addiction or Purely a Compulsive Behavior?

Is there a difference? What comes to mind when you read the word “addiction?” Does it make you think of repetitive use of alcohol and drugs despite negative consequences? Or do you think of shopping, sexual activity, video games, and gambling at an alarmingly high rate? How about “compulsive hoarding?” Is hoarding an addiction or purely a compulsive[…]

More Intelligent People Are More Likely to Binge Drink and Get Drunk

More Intelligent People Are More Likely to Binge Drink and Get Drunk | Intelligent

Intelligent people are more likely to do stupid things Not only are more intelligent individuals more likely to consume more alcohol more frequently, but they are also more likely to engage in binge drinking and to get drunk. In an earlier post, I show that consistent with the prediction of the Hypothesis, more intelligent individuals consume larger quantities of alcohol[…]

The Five things Most likely to Ruin Your Child’s Life

The Five things Most likely to Ruin Your Child’s Life

Rich or poor, adverse childhood experiences predict future problems Research on what is called “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) is showing that there is a shortlist of five things that happen to children when they are with families that are very likely to cause them mental and physical health problems later in life. In fact, the relationship between these factors[…]

People, places, and things – How important are drug-related triggers for relapse?

People, Places, Things How Important Are Drug-Related Triggers for Relapse?

Drug associated triggers are powerful re-activators of addictive behavior In cognitive-behavioral therapy they’re a big part of the “Five W’s” = When, Where, Why, With, and What. In the various 12-step programs they’re simply referred to as “People, places, and things.” But no matter how you refer to them, drug-associated cues, or “triggers” as they[…]

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