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A Culture of Perfection: Anxiety in Child Athletes

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 | March 11th, 2019|Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on A Culture of Perfection: Anxiety in Child Athletes

Parenting Teenagers: Help Them Achieve Mastery

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 | January 28th, 2019|Parenting|Comments Off on Parenting Teenagers: Help Them Achieve Mastery

Parenting Teenagers: Foster a Sense of Belonging

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 | December 12th, 2018|Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parenting Teenagers: Foster a Sense of Belonging

Your Psychological Needs: Power

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 | July 30th, 2018|Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on Your Psychological Needs: Power

Your Psychological Needs: Freedom

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 | July 30th, 2018|Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on Your Psychological Needs: Freedom

Your Psychological Needs: Fun

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 [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on Your Psychological Needs: Fun

Your Psychological Needs: Belonging

By: Jonathan Pishner Human beings are social creatures. No matter how much of a loner you are, you're also designed to need a certain amount of human interaction in order to feel good. As with all of the Psychological Needs, the level of need and how it gets met vary greatly between individuals. Some people [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on Your Psychological Needs: Belonging

Your Psychological Needs: Survival

By: Jonathan Pishner Human beings have the most complex brains on the planet. We can contemplate the meaning of life, our purpose, the nature of right and wrong, and the universe itself. And if you ask any two people about those things, you're likely to get three different answers. But despite our complexity, there are [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on Your Psychological Needs: Survival

Your Psychological Needs: Introduction

By: Jonathan Pishner There are a lot of complicated concepts in the field of psychology. But some things are simple enough and useful enough that anyone can use it to help make their life better. One of the simplest and most beneficial ideas is our Psychological Needs. This is the first of a series of [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on Your Psychological Needs: Introduction

How to Ruin Your Mood Using Social Media

by Jonathan Pishner How to Ruin Your Mood Using Social Media It’s official.  Social media is here to stay. Overall, this can be a great thing.  You can use social media as an extremely powerful tool. It helps old friends reconnect. It helps new friends stay connected. It helps you plan events, or it can [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|Addiction, Lifestyle, Stress|Comments Off on How to Ruin Your Mood Using Social Media