How to Help Children Understand Terrifying Events

As a parent, your job is to make sure your kids grow and develop in a safe and healthy environment. While it’s possible for you to control your immediate environment – your home –  it’s simply not possible to ensure the greater world around your child is safe and free from trauma or natural disasters.The latest research points to the...[ read more ]

You Don’t See Bluebonnets at Night

Last week, my dad got pretty sick very quickly. It felt like one of those “rally ’round the family” moments, so I drove to Georgetown (a small town near Austin) when I finished work on Thursday night. It was a contemplative, nighttime, three-hour drive, all by myself. I got there and spent two days with my brother and sister, shuttling...[ read more ]

How to Support LGBTQ Teens Coming Out

The LGBTQ movement has made some landmark strides in the past decade. The “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, health insurance discrimination has been prevented, and same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide. This, in combination with greater awareness and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in society and the media, has helped LGBTQ teens find...[ read more ]

Why Compliments Don’t Boost Self Esteem

When a loved one is suffering from low self-esteem, it’s hard to know what to say. Naturally you want them to see themselves as you see them. You want them to feel joyful about the reality of who they are, not be mired down in the falsities they insist are truths.In the past, you may have tried showering them with compliments, only to wonder...[ read more ]

The Mental Health Benefits of Having a Pet

People with mental and physical disabilities have been using service animals and emotional support animals for decades. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), under Titles II and III, a service animal “is any dog specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or...[ read more ]

Jogging Trail Thoughts

Thoughts from the jogging trail in Memorial Park: It's amazing where your mind runs, if you head out for the jogging trail, but forget to bring your headphones. So walking in silence today, these are some of the things I thought about. On the jogging trail, you see people who are fit, heavy, tall, short, fashionable, frumpy--but they are all...[ read more ]

It’s always “right now”

So I’ve finally had the chance to start reading "The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead" (Travis Langley, Ed.), and even in the intro, there are interesting things to think about. In his intro, Langley quotes Hershel, from The Walking Dead (TWD) Episode 4-8: “Ever since I gave Glenn my watch, it’s always ‘right now” for me.” This...[ read more ]

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