Being Authentic

Being Authentic

Every day there is a battle being waged inside of you. The struggle to realize your authentic Self. What you genuinely are is pitted against what you were never meant to be. You probably can’t even recall when this clash began. Most likely whenever you were first rewarded for being something that you’re not. The bounty for disingenuousness is substantial. You get to be considered “normal”. Perhaps the conflict was incited after you were...

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The Father of American Psychology

The Father of American Psychology

William James was the first American psychologist. He has been quoted as saying that “the first psychology class I ever attended was the one I taught.” This course was offered at Harvard University in 1875 and it began the study of psychology in America. William strove to understand human consciousness as a whole; he did not compartmentalize the psyche. His vast interests included religious experiences, the nature of belief, free will and...

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Always Dreaming

Always Dreaming

The human psyche is always dreaming. Nature has endowed us with an unconscious mind that perpetually produces streams of images which lie just below the surface of conscious awareness. The unconscious is continually active and never completely turns off. When we sleep, the ego relinquishes control of the mind and allows itself to be submerged back into the depths of the unconscious. During this time, a portion of our awareness stays intact and...

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Understanding Co-Dependency

Understanding Co-Dependency

Co-dependency can develop in almost any form of relationship. Oftentimes it is prevalent with friends, families and partners of people struggling with addiction. It is also regularly seen in those close to someone who has a narcissistic personality. Whenever someone completely neglects their own needs in order to take care of another there is a potential for co-dependency to appear. Even the parent-child relationship can slip into this...

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The Dark Side of People Pleasing

The Dark Side of People Pleasing

Have you ever said yes when you really wanted to say no? If not, good for you. If so, you’re not alone. Everybody’s doing it these days. What in the world could compel someone to act contrary to their own wishes? I’ll tell you what: people pleasing. People pleasing occurs when a person puts everyone else’s needs ahead of their own. It stems from a deep-seated fear of rejection, a constant need for external validation and an...

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On the Importance of Soul-work

On the Importance of Soul-work

Despite the vast technological knowledge our culture possesses we continue to remain a mystery to ourselves. In the realm of the psyche it is tempting, when faced with painful and inscrutable experiences, to try to eliminate or solve the problems as quickly as possible and “move on with our lives.” Whereas this course of action allows us to continue functioning normally we may be missing an invitation to a deeper, more meaningful...

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