Research shows that swearing helps us to manage pain better. We’ve all had the experience of dropping something on our foot and yelling out a few choice Anglo-Saxon words. Scientists used to believe that doing so focused us more on the negative, and therefore decreased tolerance of pain. New research, however, shows that on theContinue reading “Trying to manage pain? F*** it!”
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can cause brain damage
Sticks and Stones – Hurtful Words Damage the Brain – from Psychology Today A column describing how verbal taunting or abuse, whether from parents or other kids, can hinder development of critical structures in the brain, causing greater risks for future depression, anxiety, drug abuse, and other psychological issues. What you say matters.
The Classic Sequence: First touch at the feet
I seem to have left behind this series, describing the progression of the so-called Classic Sequence of moves in Rubenfeld Synergy, quite some time ago, and I’m not entirely sure why. Therefore, I am taking this moment to continue it. Please click the above link for a list of moves that I’ve written about thusContinue reading “The Classic Sequence: First touch at the feet”
The fitness industry’s war against your body
I have long been suspicious of the fitness industry, and in particular the more recent, particularly self-punishing styles of workout that have become so popular. For my own part, I believe in eating whole foods, indulging from time to time, and being as active as you can in a way that doesn’t cause injury. I’veContinue reading “The fitness industry’s war against your body”
An informal poll: What’s the first thing you want to know?
Readers: when you are looking for a therapist, counselor, healing practitioner – basically someone you’re going to work on life, emotional, psychological or other such issues with, what are you looking to see on the first page of their website? That is, what do you want to know about a practitioner that’s going to makeContinue reading “An informal poll: What’s the first thing you want to know?”
The stories we tell ourselves
A few days ago, I came across a fantastic post about narrative, and how easy it is, given that we’re narrative creatures with storytelling in our DNA, to tell the same stories over and over about things, even when they aren’t true. The title of the post is “‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women,Continue reading “The stories we tell ourselves”
Defining – and reaching – my specific audience.
“What’s your name when you’re at home?” -Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Apologies for disappearing last week; I’m beginning work on a total revamp of the materials I use to reach the people I want to help. In the course of this transition, I may be blogging here a bit less, but I’mContinue reading “Defining – and reaching – my specific audience.”
Shelter in place
Today the weirdness around the Boston Marathon bombings continues, as Boston and surrounding areas are in lockdown, the police are on a supermilitarized manhunt, and residents are being ordered to stay inside with their doors locked. I am just outside the lockdown area (by a town), and I for one will be going out ofContinue reading “Shelter in place”
The four powers of the Synergist
A colleague responded recently to my post on finding my ideal clients by talking about the four needs of attachment theory. In short, a client needs the same things from a therapist or Synergist that a child needs from a caregiver – or an adult from a loving relationship. I’ll simply quote my friend here:Continue reading “The four powers of the Synergist”
[Re-run] How do we do listening touch with someone who can’t hear?
Last night, I had the pleasure and challenge of working with a client, Sue*, who is completely deaf. I will admit, first off, that I don’t have a lot of experience with deaf people; while I’ve long been fascinated by sign language, I haven’t happened to have many interactions with people who are deaf. SomeContinue reading “[Re-run] How do we do listening touch with someone who can’t hear?”