Archives For January 2013

You might know someone (or be someone) who is always worried about being sick or contracting some horrible disease. We joke about hypochondriacs, but it’s a very real condition that can affect the lives of those with the condition and those who love them.

Imagine you’re experiencing unsettling heart palpitations. Despite every imaginable test, the results consistently return negative. Nada. Nothing! A huge relief, right? Well, not for everyone. Instead of relief, many feel disbelief, insisting that something is terribly wrong.

The term “hypochondriasis” is a medical term that is often misunderstood and has negative connotations. However, when properly used, hypochondriasis is another way to label the experience of having intense worries and fears about disease that persist despite the constant reassurance from medical staff and testing. Continue Reading…

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Will you have the words when your child puts you in the “hot seat”?

Kids have always said the darnedest things. But, today they are asking even more frank and personal questions about their parents’ past lives than in previous generations, thanks to curiosity prompted by the Internet and social media. Our children are the Facebook Generation. Each and every sordid detail of their personal lives are routinely posted for all peers to see. Also easily accessible to them are scandalous details of popular celebrities and politicians, whose poor life decisions can powerfully influence vulnerable minds.

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Sometimes simply saying . . . “I’m sorry” isn’t enough.

The effective apology is a significant behavior that has actually helped us survive. If societies were to go to war at every slight offense, they would cancel each other out. Humans have had to learn how to cooperate and they do this by striking a balance in relationships.

Research shows, however, that apologies full of mitigation, justifications, and finger-pointing are ineffective. Continue Reading…

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