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What Happened When I Broke Up With Anxiety

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Monica Stevens-Kirby

I'm no expert, but of all the things I've given up, anxiety is my best so far. I sleep at night. I remember to eat. I listen for my laughter in movement and my strength in stillness. I am dating Mindfulness. I think Mindfulness is The One. I'm okay with all of this, all of me.

Is Social Media Testing Our Morals?

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology
Michele Nealon-Woods

Every day, I learn so much about the world through the eyes of my children. My boys are 15 and nine and, like so many kids their age; they are significantly more fluent with technology and social media than I ever will be.

Fifty Shades of Blush: Why Is It So Hard to Talk To Kids About Sex?

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Deborah M. Roffman

Psychologists tell us that denial is the mind's first defense mechanism against anxiety. So, what exactly, are we so afraid of? And, exactly what kind of harm do we fear?

Fifty Shades of Growth: A Psychotherapist's Invitation to Action

Keri Nola | Posted 02.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Keri Nola

As a sexual health educator and psychotherapist, it may or may not surprise you to know that I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey. I've always been inc...

Get Real (It's Not As Bad As You Think)

Danielle Vaughn | Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Vaughn

Like the process of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly, it may feel like a struggle, but it's worth it. When we clear out the debris of shame, resentment, sadness and disappointment and get real with how we feel, we can then spread our wings and become free.

The Secret Life of a Teenage Caregiver

Michelle Hanson | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hanson

I hated the anger I felt towards him, hated the way I treated him in his moments of weakness. I hated the doctors that gave him the opiates that eventually took over his life, and I hated the disease that robbed me of the father that had taught me to play baseball and make the best ice cream sundaes in the world.

Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

So as we move ahead in this new year, let's all resolve to look for the other side of the story when it comes to addiction, and let's be willing to show that our intellectual and emotional capacities for discussing the issue go beyond the bad news.

Understanding and Overcoming Our Guilt, Shame and Anxiety

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Why do we human beings suffer so much from the demoralizing emotions of guilt, shame and anxiety? Over many centuries, answers have varied from our bi...

What Are the Lies You Tell Yourself?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

The path to enlightenment is shifting out of the lies and into truth. Practicing these steps whenever you feel anything other than inner peace is a powerful way of getting there!

The 'Somebody' Syndrome: Are We Milestone Biased?

Kat Cowley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kat Cowley

This isn't about hurtful comment vindication. Upsetting comments and their narrators will come and go -- what it is about a collective cultural tolerance.

Inspire Healthy Self Esteem in Your Children in 2015 By Moving Away From Shame-Based Parenting

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Parents who use shame to discipline may feel the job is getting done, and maybe, on a behavioral level, there is a change but the effects of shame on long-term success and self-esteem in children show that shame doesn't lead to lasting change.

Vulnerability and the Art of Family Maintenance

Joan Moran | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Joan Moran

In a profound sense, vulnerability is the path to self-reflection. It is at the moment you become emotionally honest that you are more conscious of listening and understanding. Once your suit of armor has been removed, you can bring choice, strength and opportunity to the stressors in life. So take a leap of faith and embrace the positive aspects of learning to be vulnerable.

Here's to a Shameless 2015

Anjhula Mya Bais | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Anjhula Mya Bais

As the year begins, let us ask ourselves why we continue to pretend or not acknowledge what there is to acknowledge?

4 Ways to Keep to Your New Year's Resolutions

Melissa Heisler | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

When we create resolutions, the intentions to do, act, or be differently, we often become very hard on ourselves. Every time we act in the old way, we...

The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Parents keep a variety of secrets in an effort to protect their teens but it is my strong belief that teens are old enough and mature enough to hear the real family stories. And, perhaps telling family truths is yet another unwrapped gift that you can give your kids for Christmas.

To The Fit Woman At Marketplace Foods

Joey Schleicher | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Joey Schleicher

You told your friend it was nice to see someone like me buy vegetables "for a change." You know, because you have been shopping with me before to see what I buy. You also made the assumption that I do not care about my health.

Raising A Girl As A Survivor

Dawn Daum | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

If we don't speak up, who will? If we don't educate our children and our communities, who will? If we don't eradicate shame and be the strong women that we can only hope our daughters will someday be, than who will?

Why It Took Me Until My 50s To Feel OK About Masturbation

Erica Jagger | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty
Erica Jagger

I started masturbating when I was five. Before I fell asleep, I would lie in bed on my stomach, my yellow cloth doll between my legs. I'd grind on the head of the doll, fantasizing about a giant ice cream cone (really), until a mysterious, magical feeling radiated up and out from my core.

Emotional Eating, Perfectionism and Not Feeling Good Enough

Dr. Melissa McCreery | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Melissa McCreery

Food and emotional eating can fill a lot of gaps, holes, and crevices in our psyche. At least temporarily.

Moving Beyond Shame

Kaly McKenna | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Kaly McKenna

While the reasons for the shame are as diverse as the millions of women who suffer in this world, here are three reasons highlighting why it is so difficult for women to move beyond the shame.

Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.

"Unfollowed" Into Happiness

Josh Sabarra | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

The decision to write an honest and candid memoir about "coming out" and living life authentically should be accompanied by a list of side effects similar to that of the antidepressant Lexapro: confusion, headaches and sleeping problems.

White Lies

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 01.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

My brother and I accepted our mother's version of the affair that produced our sister with few questions, even though Lydia looks completely different from the rest of us. Mom is a long-legged Latina, but my brother and I take after our father. We're both tall blonds. Lydia is petite and cinnamon-coffee dark with tightly curled blue-black hair.

Shame, Shame Go Away

Kim 'Skipper' Corbin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Women
Kim 'Skipper' Corbin

And so I am writing a new ending when it comes to my relationship with my body. I choose to rock this statuesque physique from deep within. I choose to acknowledge my body as the incredible ally that it is, instead of using it as a container for my judgment and disdain.

Stop Making Cancer Patients Feel Guilty

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

I don't know what caused my cancer, nor does anyone else, for that matter. I plan to enjoy the holidays and if I choose to have some extra cookies or whatever, so what