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Are You Self-Aware or Self-Absorbed?: Studio 5

Are you self-aware or self-absorbed?

We each have a long list of personal responsibilities: our finances, careers, bodies, families, etc. It’s critical to be aware of our lives and our needs. But when does self-awareness become self-obsession? Do we think about ourselves too much?  Here’s how to determine if you’re self-aware or self-absorbed:

Are you usually the center of attention? Do you monopolize conversations? Are all your social media updates about yourself? If so, you may be self-absorbed. Try instead to balance the attention you give to yourself and to others. Remember that everyone needs to be recognized, celebrated, and validated.

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Stop Overreacting article Community Orange Magazine

Do you get very upset or angry easily?  Have you ever been accused of being hot-headed?  If you respond with intensity and emotion that is disproportionate to the situation at hand, you are overreacting.

I recently had an article published in the August edition of Community Orange Magazine where I discussed strategies to keep calm and appropriately respond to stressful situations.  Here are a few basic ways to keep from overreacting.

Click here to read the full article about ways to keep your cool.

Making Sense of Senseless Tragedy: Studio 5

The details of the bombings in Boston continue to unfold. As news outlets scramble for the facts, we struggle to make sense of what happened: to make sense of the senseless.

Accept uncertainty

Acknowledge tragedy but don’t dwell on it

Take positive Action

How To Praise What Really Matters

Big successes are easy to spot but sometimes small accomplishments are overlooked.

If you want to celebrate the success of others, therapist Julie Hanks, LCSW says to look beyond appearance and praising what really matters. Read more

How To Stop Competing

Whether it’s physical appearance, parenting skills, possessions, talents, homes, weight, success, money, creativity, marital status, our children’s behavior…it seems that we women view other women’s success as a threat to our own worth.

In order to manage our own fears and insecurities, we try to prove that we are “good enough” by one-upping someone else. While this may lead to temporary feelings of validation, it never leads to long-term feelings of self-worth.

Why do women compete with one another? Here are a few common reasons that competitive feeling can settle in:

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