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I’ve been hearing a lot of dramatic debate around kids masking in schools. I’m a parent and a psychologist. I’ve given it some real thought, and we as a society know more than we think.

Straight up — the parent in me doesn’t want my kids to have to wear…


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Years ago, I recall being consulted about a young boy whose father was in prison for a terrible crime. The child wanted to visit his father in prison, but the mom was conflicted. Should she exposure her son to the prison environment, which could be traumatic? …


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WHAT IF thinking is a hallmark of anxiety, but it is not reality.

WHAT IF I have a brain tumor?

WHAT IF something terrible happens to someone I love?

WHAT IF the plane goes down?

WHAT IF we put a spin on WHAT IF thinking….?

WHAT IF we spend all…


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Ordinarily, I tell people not to make big decisions in times of crisis. Covid-19 was no exception.

The big question I saw folks grapple with was: Do I still want to be in this relationship?

The big decision was: Do I leave the relationship?

What Covid-19 did (among many other…


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From time to time, teachers, health care workers, parents — they all feel discouraged. They feel like they aren’t making enough of a difference in the overwhelming circumstances of people they encounter.

Helpers want to help.

When I hear their discouragement, I am reminded of my own story — the…


Genetics combined with the first 18 years (or so) of life shape how we view the world, ourselves, and other people. They are the foundation of our beliefs and biases.

For example, I may have been born optimistic with loving parents who taught me to believe in myself. As a…


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Here is a truth: Givers attract takers. It is an energy thing.

Say you are on a boat that is sinking. You can see the shoreline, and you are sure that you can swim there. Hope is not lost, but you are on the boat with a taker (either someone…


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Maybe things will get better if I go on vacation…..

Hot damn! There is the new book on how to help your partner ____________! (fill in the blank)

Have you heard about the new diet that will get rid of all body fat in 6 weeks? …


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Why do I chew my nails?

Why do I keeping putting up with people treating me like shit when I know it is wrong?

Why do I keep going back to relationships that are unhealthy?

Why do I keep saying yes when I want to say no?

Why?

It is…


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Seneca was a philosopher from the Roman Imperial period, yet it seems like he is writing for the present day. His quote strongly reinforces one of the lessons I’m learning from Covid: When I am given the time I otherwise beg for, I waste too much of it.

I am…

Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Author of Move on Motherf*cker: Live, Laugh, and Let Sh*t Go. Using CBT, mindfulness, humor, and profanity to feel better. jodieeckleberryhunt.com

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