Happiness vs content

Small decisions help one negotitate life. The big ones are about moments of change when life suddenly alters and takes a new direction. If you have thought in advance about what matters the most, then you will be able to recognize happiness when it stares you in the face. Otherwise,…

Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times. Congratulations. You have just calmed your nervous system. Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have…

Inside the brains of people with PTSD

PTSD is painful and frightening. The memories of the event linger and victims often have vivid flashbacks. Frightened and traumatized, they are almost always on edge, and the slightest of cues sends them hurtling back inside their protective shells. Usually, victims try to avoid people, objects, and situations that remind…

Separating children from their families

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was recently presented with a proposal to enact a policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as an alleged way of halting immigrant families from coming to the US. If approved, this policy would give the stamp of approval to a horrible and unconstitutional…

The Power of touch

Touch is the first sense we acquire and the secret weapon in many a successful relationship. here is how to regain fluency in your first language. You are in a crowded subway car on a Tuesday morning, or perhaps on a city bus. Still-sleepy commuters, lulled by vibrations, remain hushed,…

Why Mariah Carey’s 177 years of silence break my heart

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/16/opinions/mariah-carey-bipolar-stigma-breaks-my-heart-lazzara-opinion/index.html I am a huge Mariah Carey's fan. I can't wait to see her in Vegas in September.. She inspired me so much when I was a teenager and was feeling isolated for not quite fitting into a very homogeneous society that I had grew up in. Mariah is biracial,…

Why DID or MPD is a Bogus Diagnosis

DID: Dissociative Identity Disorder or Dangerously Inaccurate Diagnosis? By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. Think Well Perhaps one of the most controversial and potentially dangerous psychological diagnosis is the so-called "Multiple-personality disorder', which was reclassified as "Dissociative Identity Disorder" in previous version of the DSM. Briefly, MPD or DID involves several features,…

Post break up stage

The post break up stage is probably the most emotional roller coaster ever. It is more of a bumpy ride than actually being in the relationship was. First, you are sad, then you want to revenge, then you want to catch feelings with a rebound; then you are sad again-not…