psychology

From ‘Good vs. Bad’ Feelings to Just ‘Feelings’

When you look up lists of feelings, they are often categorized as good vs. bad. This gives us the impression that some feelings are wanted, encouraged, and welcomed, whereas others are unwanted, discouraged, and, therefore, need to be avoided, shut off, and/or disregarded. From an emotional health and intelligence perspective, this sets up a problem. …

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Boundaries During the Holidays by Paige Abbott, Registered Psychologist

People can be so diligent about their boundary and intention setting during the year, yet a lot of that work seems to take a back seat during the holiday season. Boundaries are replaced by the automatic patterns of people-pleasing, image management, appeasement, obligation, expectation, and shoulds. (As a quick tip, none of the latter are …

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One Part of Health Even Healthcare Practitioners Won’t Touch

In my experience as a psychologist, I hear people often hesitant to share about their spirituality and many acknowledging they have never been asked about it, nor discussed it, with their healthcare practitioners before. I wonder what is behind this? How come many healthcare practitioners are reluctant to discuss spirituality? I honestly don’t have clear …

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Boundaries: An inside job by Paige Abbott, Registered Psychologist

I hear clients often happily declaring that they have ‘set their boundary’ by telling somebody else what they need. For example, telling a friend to be on time because it’s upsetting when they’re late; telling a spouse not to yell when they’re angry; or telling a parent that their house is too triggering so they …

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