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Empathic responding (or active listening) in counseling: A basic, yet essential response for counselors to master in their practice

Therapists possess and utilize many skills, but a very important response for them to master within their practice is empathetic responding or active listening. Empathic responding is when the counselor clearly communicates the feeling their client has expressed, as well as why they possess those feelings (again, according to the…

I Hate My Parents. Is That Normal?

Many people have close relationships with their parents — in fact, some consider their mother or father their best friend. But that isn’t always the case. There’s a less fortunate narrative: Some people hate their parents. They don’t just lack that connection or disagree with their parents from time to…

Is “post-Disney depression” worse than normal vacation withdrawal?

It’s not unusual for vacationers to suffer from depression or withdrawal when they return to their daily routines. The immersive environment at Disney theme parks seems optimized to impart happiness, causing some guests to feel post-Disney depression after their visits. Disney parks use color psychology, UX design, scents, and novelty…

I feel trapped in my head: Basic tips for slowing down racing thoughts during self-isolation

Due to COVID-19, many of us are self-isolating and social distancing, which is causing us to feel trapped inside of our own minds. Fortunately, we can reclaim control and free our racing minds by practicing mindfulness and returning to the basics during self-isolation. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present…

If you have suicidal thoughts, get professional help immediately—also, open up to loved ones, acknowledge difficult feelings, and ground yourself

Suicide is a global crisis, as it is a leading cause of death worldwide among all ages every single year. If you’re feeling suicidal, your first course of action should be to seek professional help right away; call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline or find a medical/mental health provider to talk…

Why are men less likely to talk about their feelings? They often are discouraged, prefer to “brush it off,” or run into another obstacle

Some people falsely believe that men don’t have feelings—or that they don’t experience feelings to the same degree as women. This, however, is not the case: we all experience a wide array of emotions, and it’s important we talk about them. That said, men are less likely to talk or…

Mental health and illness statistics in the US: A look at the prevalence of mental health disorders, treatment, and impact

Every single year, millions of Americans suffer with a mental illness. By definition, a mental illness is a disorder that negatively affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, mood, and/or behavior. Examples include depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each individual has a unique experience, as far as which symptoms they…

Do men get angrier than women?

“Do men get angrier than women?” The majority would probably say yes: Men do get angrier than women, and more often. But would the majority be correct? Or, would they be endorsing another one of many gender stereotypes? Read: Anger Management 101 Science overwhelmingly shows that this is, indeed, just…

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