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Growth After Trauma or Loss Part 2

In a recent article on Post-Traumatic Growth I discussed the affect of trauma on personal growth. Outcomes of trauma include such things as deeper relationships, spiritual development, more personal strength, new opportunities, and a greater appreciation for life in general.  So how does that happen? Stages of Post-Traumatic Growth   Part 1: “Shattered” When tragedy […]

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The Courage to Risk Making a Bad Decision: The George Washington Story Part 1

What do you do when there’s only two choices and neither one is safe?  Or more bluntly, do I have the courage to make a bad decision? Indecisive could describe George Washington’s early military career. By all accounts he wasn’t sure he wanted the job in the first place.  Leading a largely untrained and undisciplined […]

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The Power of Our Assumptions

There may be no greater power in our lives than the power of our assumptions. Our assumptions form a fence around us in a way that both comforts us and limits our potential. ASSUMPTIONS AND MOODS Once life presents us with the raw material of our experiences, our assumptions form an assembly line that produces […]


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You Don’t Need More Motivation: Self-Determination Theory Part 1

A person can spend a lifetime trying to become “more motivated” without ever realizing that it’s not the amount of motivation that matters—it’s the type.  Usually when people talk about needing to be more motivated, they are talking about emotional motivation. Consider these statements:  “I feel so unmotivated right now.” “That speech was so motivating!” […]



Decision-Making and Physical Touch

Sometimes the decision is in your hands…literally. An interesting research study by Ackerman, Nocera, and Bargh suggests that our sense of touch (ie hard vs. soft, rough vs. smooth, heavy vs. light) may actually influence our decisions about people and situations. The authors suggest that these sensations of touch become attached to the concepts they […]