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Making Decisions: Living With Loss and Compromise

Making a decision means planting a flag on one of your options but it also means accepting the loss of all your other options. How are decisions made? It isn’t clear anyone has the definitive answer to this question. Some therapeutic approaches, such as motivational interviewing, can help facilitate a change process. Therapies such as […]

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Obsessive and Compulsive Personalities

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” People with obsessive and compulsive traits have personalities organized around thinking and doing. They tend to be concerned with […]

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Psychopathic Personalities

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” The principal preoccupation of people with psychopathic personalities is to get one over on somebody and consciously manipulate them. […]

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Histrionic (Hysterical) Personality

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” People with histrionic personalities have high anxiety, high energy, and high reactivity and they are attracted to situations that […]

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Depressive Personality

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” People with depressive personalities think of themselves as basically bad. For example, when they experience a loss or when […]

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Paranoid Personalities

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” People with paranoid personalities fear others’ evil intentions. Much of their energies are directed towards anticipating and avoiding what […]

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Three Different Accounts of Anxiety

There are many different accounts for what causes anxiety. This post provides accounts for three distinct kinds of anxiety: realistic / objective anxiety; moral anxiety; and neurotic anxiety. The subjective experience of anxiety that we sometimes feel – nervousness, worrying, physical signs such as sweating, shaking, speaking quickly or stuttering – can come from several […]

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What is the Difference between Loneliness and Solitude? An Account by Winnicott

One way of thinking about the difference between loneliness and solitude is to think of loneliness as an experience of being without a positive definite self and the experience of solitude as an experience of being with a positive definite self.The notion of “capacity to be alone” is a phrase coined by Winnicott, a pediatrician […]

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Narcissistic Personality

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” People with narcissistic personalities are concerned with protecting their self esteem and they do so by seeking recognition and […]

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Personality 101

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. We all have a personality and our personality is something we feel is intrinsic and essential to who we are; it is one of the things we are most reluctant to change. Later in this […]

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