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Dr. Amy Johnson
Dr. Amy Johnson is a master certified life coach and author. Her latest book is Being Human: Essays on Thoughtmares, Bouncing Back, and Your True Nature. She is a regular expert on "The Steve Harvey Show" and is often interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Self Magazine and To find out more about Amy, please her website.

Entries by Dr. Amy Johnson

Your Issues Aren't About You

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 1:59 PM


I have a friend whose husband just walked out on her and her three young children. She is barely getting by financially, she has some mounting health issues due to the stress she's experiencing, and she is caring for an elderly parent. Her...

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When It's Time to Do Something, You Will Know

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:45 PM


At times, it might feel like you need to run your own life.

It can feel like you need to be constantly looking out so that you don't get yourself into some mess. Predicting and preventing problems so that you're not constantly solving...

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Is Your Mind the Servant or the Master?

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:40 AM

You've heard, "The mind is a wonderful servant but terrible master," right?

Or, "Use your mind; don't let it use you"?

Over the past few years in my own life, I've seen that these are not only cute sayings people toss around when they are trying to sound wise...

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Why It Might Look Like People Don't Change

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 11:33 AM

It can look like people don't change. Or at the very least, like they don't change easily.

That's not true though.

We are capable of gigantic jumps in understanding; enormous leaps in consciousness that leave us feeling as if we're living a completely different life even when nothing externally...

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A New Way to View Your Recurring Problems

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:11 PM

I have a friend -- let's call her Sarah -- who has been having the same argument with her husband for 20 years. In a nutshell, she sometimes says things in a way that he feels is demeaning or disrespectful. It's never her intention to come across that way. In...

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The One Source of All Human Experience

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:39 AM

A few weeks ago a friend said something to me -- when I was in the thick of some very heavy thinking -- that resulted in a huge wave of comfort and relief.

He said, "thoughts are an expression of universal energy, always fluctuating and finding the best course."

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Do You Think You're in Denial?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 2:05 PM

The concept of denial is a somewhat unfortunate one. Not because people don't sometimes push things they don't want to face out of their awareness. They surely do.

But because we innocently use the concept of denial to make our mental health look like a problem.

When you're...

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What a New House Has Shown Me About Being Human

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:35 PM

We just bought a house.

It's a great house, but it also needs a lot of work. Some of the work is relatively small -- like painting every ceiling, wall, door, baseboard and square inch of crown molding -- while some is much bigger -- like a complete kitchen...

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Don't Solve Your Problems, Transcend Them

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:10 PM

A wise, brave client just shared with me that the way she prays has changed.

Instead of praying for a solution to her problems as she has for the past 50 years, she's recently found herself praying for a change in perspective.

Instead of praying for the motivation...

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Thriving Is Your Nature, and There Is Not a Thing You Have to Do About It

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 3:52 PM

People are designed to thrive.

Yeah, I know, maybe you think you aren't. I'm sure you can point to a thousand examples of where you should be doing better but instead you're falling short, stuck, not flourishing the way "everyone else" is.

But that's only because you're keeping count....

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Falling in Love With Any Work You Do

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Like most high school and college students, I went through a lot of summer jobs.

I was a hostess at Applebee's. I worked in a Ford Motor Company plant where I drove a hi-lo, picking car parts to ship off to assembly plants around the world. I was a...

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