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Tolerating Overwhelming Emotions

In 1884, William James wrote an article, What is an Emotion? Scientists are still debating this question today.  As clinicians, however, most of us would describe an emotion as a natural instinctive state of mind triggered by circumstances, mood or relationships, or something similar. 1,671 more words

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Ode to Opposite Action

I want to spend time with you
as much as I enjoy time alone
We can laugh, talk, and play
reminding each other who we are… 129 more words


Opposite Action is not faking it

I loathe “fake it till you make it!” (Advice given with, what typically appears to be, a false and forced grin.) I loathe it because I have spent so much time faking it; and the main “it” I have faked is self-worth. 535 more words


Gotta Keep on Keeping On...

So, I totally don’t feel like doing anything productive today or for the last few weeks (ahem months!) I have slipping into binge-watching Netflix and scrolling through Facebook, and my working daily on my writing or other stuff (like exercising) has slipping to the wayside. 160 more words


More thoughts on Opposite Action

For the time being at least – I do experience writing these little, random notes in this blog as helpful for myself – gives me a chance to reflect and check in with myself. 222 more words


Have I had a breakthrough?

George and Mildred have been with me for two weeks. It’s like I’m living in a whirlwind… everything has been turned upside down and I love them. 402 more words

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Opposite to Emotion Action

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of Opposite to Emotion Action. This is a skill therapists who practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) will be altogether familiar with. 732 more words