Does Your Life Feel Alive And Meaningful?

 By Margaret Paul, Ph.D. June 20, 2016

Do you find that nothing really excites you or holds much meaning for you? Does your life lack aliveness, passion and purpose?

Vera sought out counseling with me because her doctor advised her to discover the emotional causes of her chronic fatigue. Vera, a successful stockbroker, . . . → Read More: Does Your Life Feel Alive And Meaningful?

By Margaret Paul, Ph.D. June 06, 2016

Do you want to forgive yourself or someone else, but you just can’t seem to get there? Learn how to forgive in this article.

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. ~Maya Angelou

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Avoiding Emotional Pain Causes Emotional Pain

By Margaret Paul, Ph.D. May 30, 2016

We all learned many ways of avoiding pain as we were growing up, but what once seemed to protect us against pain is now actually causing our pain.

We all had to learn many ways of avoiding emotional pain as we were growing up, because we . . . → Read More: Avoiding Emotional Pain Causes Emotional Pain

The Gifts Of Laughter And Tears

When you do not allow yourself to express yourself with laughter and tears, physical pain, due to stress and a lack of passion for life, may be the result.

Ron grew up in a household where laughter and tears were never expressed. Anger was the main feeling expressed by his mother, while . . . → Read More: The Gifts Of Laughter And Tears

Addiction to Spirituality: The Spiritual Bypass

By Dr. Margaret Paul May 16, 2016

Are you using your spirituality as a “spiritual bypass” to avoid feeling your feelings and taking responsibility for them? Lian had been meditating for many years before consulting with me for his depression. He had been part of a spiritual community that encouraged their members to turn . . . → Read More: Addiction to Spirituality: The Spiritual Bypass

Managing Challenging Families

By Margaret Paul, Ph.D. May 09, 2016

Sometimes the most loving act, both for yourself and for others, is to disengage from an abusive family relationship. This can eventually lead to some healing.

We all know that families can be very challenging!

Angie grew up in a family where she was the caretaker. . . . → Read More: Managing Challenging Families