Category Archives: Sadness

Self Pity versus Self Mourning

Just a quick thought & a question– what is the difference between feeling sad about something bad in your life, and feeling self-pity? This came up recently in a session, where a client worried about sinking into self-pity. this is … Continue reading

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Luxury Problems? Compared to What?

People who have been exposed to the world of AA & other 12-step programs will be familiar with these phrases. Let’s focus on the first one first. Frequently, someone who is relatively new to recovery will start talking about how … Continue reading

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Your Self-Concept Is Out of Date

For those of you who follow this blog, bless you. I have been quite busy, but have a backlog of topics that I hope to discuss. One really interesting one is a somewhat technical article on the difference between grief, … Continue reading

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Dealing With Anger

(Image from http://www.visyon.org.uk/creative-space/gallery/anger-art-workshop/) check it out. I remember volunteering as a counselor at a middle school some years ago. It was a public school that had gone to uniforms at the request of the parents because kids were getting jacked for … Continue reading

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We Miss You, Robin. And You, Too, Will Be Missed.

I was talking to a client about her depression and she said, almost sheepishly, that the death of Robin Williams had made it worse. It made sense to me. I miss Robin too, not least because I knew he had … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want to Always Be Happy…

Long ago, before I ever had an idea to get into my current occupation, I read a folk story in an anthology. It was somewhere around middle school, and the stories were geared at that level– simple and straightforward. I … Continue reading

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