By: Jonathan Pishner Our emotional experience is largely created by our thoughts. Jonathan explains how, sometimes, getting overly focused on perfect solutions to problems can create anxiety and self-esteem difficulties.
by: Jonathan Pishner This video introduces the idea that our thoughts create much of our emotional state. You can begin using this to your advantage by learning to identify your own thoughts.
By: Jonathan Pishner Many people ask how they can tell if counseling is working. Here is Jonathan's opinion on the easiest ways to tell if a counseling process is going to be successful.
By: Jonathan Pishner Many people call themselves "crazy" because they don't understand their feelings or behaviors. Learn why that's a bad idea and a more helpful way to view it. https://youtu.be/MoPeaFjon90
By: Lucas Ziems Ever heard of the phrase “Practice makes perfect?” It turns out this one, seemingly simple phrase, which is meant to motivate us to work hard and improve our skills, is also a great example of the culture that perpetuates many of the mental health issues we are seeing in our present-day young [...]
By: Jonathan Pishner One of the basic struggles for a teenager is learning how to lead a fulfilling life, and building the identity that will take them to it. Some of that structure requires the Belonging we discussed in previous posts. Another essential building block for the healthy human is: Mastery. In humans of any [...]
By: Jonathan Pishner This may come as a shock, but sometimes teenagers are rude. Or messy. Lazy. Entitled. Secretive. Alien. These are just a few of the words that might come to mind when you’re frustrated with your teenager. These years are tough on parents, and kids. The days when you feel connected to each [...]
By: Jonathan Pishner As we get to the final psychological need, we have found the only one on the list that is distinctly human. You might notice that the previous four: Survival, Belonging, Fun, and sometimes Freedom, can be found in many creatures. But the need for Power? That's unique. That's all human. It's important [...]
By: Jonathan Pishner As we get to Freedom, we are moving into the more abstract and complex psychological needs. You might notice that the previous three: Survival, Belonging, and Fun are somewhat easily understood. But Freedom? How do you define that clearly? We know that it's a psychological need, but it's the first on our [...]
By: Jonathan Pishner In our society today, most people have come to believe fun is optional. Notice that it's on our list of psychological NEEDS, not on a list of wants. The simple fact is, Fun is mandatory for a happy and healthy life, no matter your age. Without this basic need met, you cannot [...]