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How We Make The Same Mistake Over and Over Again. 
Published on October 31, 2014 by Steven Stosny, Ph.D. in Age of Entitlement

 

Does it sometimes seem like the people around you take target practice to get better at shooting themselves in the foot? (Or that you do?)
 
We’re all capable of making the same mistakes over and over, because, under stress, we tend to retreat to habits of emotion regulation formed in toddlerhood. Habits rule under stress and when the regulatory processes of the prefrontal cortex (the Adult brain) are overtaxed from physical or mental exhaustion.
Five Ways to Recover from a Painful Past
Published on March 4, 2014 by Vinita Mehta, Ph.D., Ed. M. in Head Games

 

We often refer to people who have experienced trauma and/or abuse as survivors. But what factors contribute to surviving — and thriving? Though childhood trauma isn't infrequent, the process of recovery remains unclear. In order to better understand what helps people move forward and live more fulfilling lives, psychologist Signe Stige led a study in which 31 women were interviewed about coping with trauma. All of the survivors had experienced their first trauma before the age of five, including incest, sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, partner abuse, and/or psychological abuse. Remarkably, many went on to lead functional lives, engaging in “normal” activities like studying, working, and starting families.

Unbroken Hope
Published on Novemeber 3, 2014 by William Irwin, Ph.D. in Plato of Pop 

 

If you’re one of the millions who have read Unbroken, then you already know. If you don’t already know, then you’ll know soon enough when the film version of Unbroken is released on Christmas day. It’s an incredible story and yet it’s true. It’s Life of Pi meets The Kite Runner meets Schindler’s List.