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The Flat Effect

Facial expressions can tell us a lot about a person—whether or not he/she realizes it. For some with very expressive faces, they reveal their emotions easily and unwittingly, showing a range of happiness, sadness, anger, etc. Many people don’t wish to offer such insight into their emotions so openly, and so adopt a “poker face”

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Bullying

Back to school is a busy time for everyone.  Between the shopping, supplies, schedule changes, and new teachers, the last thing parents or children want to have to worry about is bullying.  Unfortunately, approximately 20% of all American students will experience some form of bullying within the next school year.  So, it’s important to know

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Wabi-Sabi – Adjusting Expectations and Embracing Imperfection

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese tradition of finding beauty in imperfection. It is based upon a philosophy that acknowledges the transience of nature; that everything is subject to a natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It can be an appreciation of the beauty of a weathered object, battered and stained but beautiful none the less.

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3 Tips on How to Raise Good Kids

Scan through the titles in the “Parenting” section of your local bookstore, or better yet, Google the term “how to raise good kids,” and you’ll get thousands of results offering a wide range of advice. Thanks to some great research by a group of Harvard scientists, we’ve been able to distill these ideas for how

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4 Ways Family Therapy and Stress Management Can Make Summer Better for Marylanders

As schools let out for the summer and families begin to spend more time together, strolling around Centennial Park, visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore, or soaking up the sun in Ocean City, Maryland, it’s an ideal time to consider how family therapy and stress management could make these interactions more rewarding. What is Family

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The Effects of Divorce on Children – 3 Ways to Help Them Cope

Divorce signifies the end of a marriage and the end of a certain way of life for your children. From a healing perspective, it can be helpful to think of divorce as a loss and recognize that your children may be grieving. The effects of divorce on children in Howard County, Maryland can vary depending

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Therapy Myths De-Bunked by Sylvia Hanna, M.S.

Myth: Therapy is only for “crazy” people. False. Therapy does not mean that you are “crazy.” Many people who may be struggling with a wide range of issues seek therapy. These issues can be as small as dealing with minor stressors to more complex and long-standing difficulties. In fact, some people even come to therapy

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How Are You Doing with this Year’s Resolutions? By Dr. Pia Stanard Marancik

People often say that reaching a goal requires establishing a SMART goal. A SMART goal is: S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Realistic T – Timely Let’s see how SMART goal-setting works… “I want to make my family a priority” is a great new year’s resolution. Let’s see how we can

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Help Your Family Stay Fit During the Holidays By Dr. Pia Stanard Marancik

Here are a few suggestions for staying fit this holiday season: 1. Schedule physical activities during the family vacation. A family football game, a brief walk around the neighborhood after dinner, a Wii Sport competition, or a good old-fashioned round of hide-and-go-seek can get the family off the couch. Help your kids identify activities around

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Life is Rarely Simple as We Would Have It by Dr. Gordon Livingston

  The opposite of truth is not necessarily the lie. It can also be another form of dishonesty, namely sentimentality. This takes the form of a mawkish oversimplification of the world in which reality is entirely lost. The most trivial form of this tendency can be discerned in the funeral eulogy. Gone is the actual

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Feeling Heard By Bob Robinson, LCPC

When we are able to help another person feel heard then we are communicating that we are truly invested in them and their experience. We are saying, I value you. When people feel heard they feel cared about, respected, valued, and loved. If our intimate others don’t get this basic need met then emotional distance

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Some Thoughts on Kindness By Dr. Gordon Livingston

Kindness is the indispensable virtue from which most of the others flow, the wellspring of our happiness. If the definition of love is raising the needs and desires of another to the level of our own, then kindness implies an ability to weigh these needs in every interaction with people. It assumes, but does not

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Dealing with the Emotional Impact of Infertility

The ability to have children is a fact of life that women often take for granted. Thanks to many wonderful medical advances, women are successfully conceiving children at later and later ages. So it often comes as quite a shock when a woman of any age finds she is having difficulty becoming pregnant. A woman’s

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