Got Guilt? Peace of Mind for Scrupulous Souls

Rhonda Ortiz at Integrated Catholic Life has an excellent piece on how to recognize and fight against scrupulosity. Here is her description of the three types of scrupulosity.1. Scrupulosity Resulting from Idealism  Developmental scrupulosity is a byproduct of a deep faith experience, such as conversion or growing awareness of God, particularly in adolescence. In the process, a person can become overly-sensitive and overly-reactive to sin. The person worries about “doing it wrong” and overco … [Read more...]

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New Study: Extravagant Affection in Infancy Leads to Healthier, Happier, More Relational & Moral Adults

From new study accepted for publication in the journal, Applied Developmental Science.Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez and two colleagues surveyed more than 600 adults. They asked about their childhood experiences. Darvaez was interested in things like how much affectionate touch did the adult receive as a child, how much free play, and what was family togetherness was like. What she found was, the adults who had positive childhood experiences evolved into adults with less … [Read more...]

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Worried No More: 6 Graceful Ways to Beat Stress, Worry, and Anxiety

Check out how these 3 Do's and 3 Don'ts can set YOU free from stress, worry, and anxiety!Problems are part of life, but stress, worry, and anxiety don't have to be.  As I note in my book, God Help Me, This Stress is Driving Me Crazy! Finding Balance Through God's Grace, as early as the mid 300's AD St. Augustine observed that the press of troubles, the ups and downs of daily life, was different than oppression, which is what happens when we allow these troubles to separate us from God's … [Read more...]

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Therapy Equally Effective as Drugs for Front Line Depression Treatment & Helps Reshape Brain, Studies Say

New clinical practice guidelines advise physicians that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and second-generation antidepressants (SGAs), are equally effective treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommendation appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “Patients are frequently treated for depression by primary care physicians, who often initially prescribe SGAs,” said ACP President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.A. … [Read more...]

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Eating Your Salvation: Are YOU Orthorexic? Take the Quiz.

In a recent interview, "Domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson takes on what she refers to as the current cultural obsession with "clean eating."To put it bluntly, $10 cold-pressed green juices and quinoa bowls are a lifestyle choice — it doesn’t make you virtuous. “There is a way in which food is used either to self-congratulate — you’re a better person because you’re eating like that — or to self-persecute, because you will not allow yourself to eat the foods you want,” the 55-year-old British ch … [Read more...]

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Living Inauthentically Causes Us to Feel Morally Tainted

According to a report published by PsychCentral.  A new study suggest that the human drive for authenticity — being true to ourselves and living in accordance with our values — is so fundamental that we feel immoral or impure when we hide our true colors. This sense of impurity then leads us to engage in cleansing or charitable behaviors as a way of clearing our conscience, according to researchers. “Our work shows that feeling inauthentic is not a fleeting or cursory phenomenon, it cuts to the … [Read more...]

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Mother or Martyr? 3 Steps to Beating “Perfect Mommy Syndrome”

I regularly read blog posts from really great moms who tell some pretty disturbing stories of the things they put themselves through to try to attend to their children. All of the stories tend to follow the "I thought the only way to be a good mom was to do X, Y, and Z until I made myself sick because some expert/my friends/my mom group/some blog told me I had to do it that way and it almost destroyed my life and my relationships"  narrative.Inevitably, these posts end with the blogger … [Read more...]

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You Can Prevent Anxiety in Your Children

New research published in the Journal of Child Development shows that the degree to which parents respond to their infants' and toddlers' needs promptly, generously, and consistently (the keys to healthy attachment) predicts how anxious their children will be in young adulthood, especially among boys and children who tend to have shy temperaments to begin with. (Read more details here).This is just the latest in a series of studies that show how responding promptly, generously, and … [Read more...]

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