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Emotions Add Depth & Color to Our Lives

E-motion = energy in motion.  Emotions are internal cues about what we want, what we need to do, or how we want to change.  These signals give us valuable information that something is going on with (in) us.  Emotions that aren’t expressed are stored in the body (muscles).  We “hurt” ourselves when we discount or withhold our own feelings...

The Grief Experience: Through the Process and Back to Life

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one.  It is a process which can bring about a variety of emotions, which may remain constant for a period of time or change from day-to-day.  Grief may bring about shock, sadness fear, anger, guilt and a variety of other emotional and physical changes.  There are stages or tasks of grief that many people go through before, during and after the loss of a loved one...

Recognizing the Warning SIgns That Can Change Your Relationship Into One That Lasts

John Gottman, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in studying couples’ relationships at The University of Washington in Seattle for more than four decades.  The research Dr. Gottman has completed with couples has been instrumental with constructing a couples therapy model at The Gottman Institute.  John is renowned for his ability to predict with 94% accuracy which couples will remain married and those people that will separadivorce...

How Do We Decide Whether People are OK or Not OK?

The late Eric Berne, MD was a psychiatrist as well as a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in California who created Transactional Analysis (TA) in the late 1950’s as an alternative to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory.  Eric Berne believed that there are four (4) Basic Existential Life positions.  These are positions that we adopt as children are based on how we are cared for by our parents and how we responded to their care...

Why Does This Keep Happening?

Stephen Karpman, MD is a psychiatrist in San Francisco, CA.  Dr. Karpman developed The Drama Triangle to explain the dynamics occurring between people that involves discounting and results in a psychological game.  He has been a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst for many decades...

Empowering Relationships with Autonomy

The Winner’s Triangle was presented at a 1984 TA conference by Acey Choy, M.Ed. as an antithesis to Karpman’s Drama Triangle.  Ms. Choy is a Personal Counselor in Sidney, Australia.   Self-awareness is essential to cultivating all three roles: Vulnerable Person, Caring Person and Assertive Person.  While functioning from an ‘OK’ role each person develops different skills to also treat self and others as ‘OK’...

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