How Experiencing Joy Can Help Children and Promote Optimal Development

How Experiencing Joy Can Help Children and Promote Optimal Development

Joy is a powerful tool for solving childhood challenges. Yet in our culture of doing, teaching, treating and pathologizing, too often we forget that when a child needs help, the first thing we should increase is joy. This is certainly true in my own field, child psychology, in which we often prioritize theories, techniques and analyzing behaviors over being present and building relationships.…

DBT – Ideas for Practicing Nonjudgmentalness

Ideas for Practicing Nonjudgmentalness

Leaving out comparisons, judgments, and assumptions:
1. Practice observing judgmental thoughts and statements, saying in your mind,
“A judgmental thought arose in my mind.”
2. Count judgmental thoughts and statements (by moving objects or pieces of paper from
one pocket to another, by clicking a sports counter, or by marking a piece of paper).…

The Secret to Helping Children Thrive (And It’s Not a Theory or a Technique)

The Secret to Helping Children Thrive (And It’s Not a Theory or a Technique)

I recently visited a kindergarten classroom to observe a child with “behavior problems.” When I arrived, the little boy was busying himself with an art project. He and his classmates were building towers out of cardboard box pieces. Everything seemed fine until a peer suddenly grabbed the glue from him, knocking his beloved project to the floor.…

Social Rejection Has A Surprising Mental Advantage

Social Rejection Has A Surprising Mental Advantage

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Being rejected socially, can give you this outsider advantage.

Being rejected socially makes people more creative, research finds.

Feeling outside the group helps people generate more novel ideas.

It may help to explain why so many great artists were outsiders — people who lived separate lives in order to produce works that would surprise and delight the rest of us.…

Mental Research Institute (MRI) Systemic Therapy

Mental Research Institute (MRI) Systemic Therapy

Mental Research Institute (MRI) Systemic Therapy for families and couples

MRI systemic therapy was developed with the intention of being a brief therapy, arguably
the original brief therapy. MRI systemic therapists conceptualize the symptoms of
individuals within the larger network of their family and social systems while maintaining
a nonblaming, nonpathologizing stance toward all members of the family.…

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