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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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There’s Something New Besides the Shoe

The heel of my shoe fell off today and at that moment I realized how the feeling of shame had changed in my life. Flashback to the fifth grade.  In an ever-present effort to live within a $600/month income, my parents discovered a way to buy cheaper tennis shoes than the Keds at K-Mart. They […]

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Teaching Children to Elaborate

In a previous article, we mentioned that a child’s ability to “elaborate” can have profound effects on their development.  This has to do with something called ‘childhood reminiscence’.  When I first heard the term I imagined a circle of kindergartners in rocking chairs smoking stogies and talking about the old days. There’s more to it […]



Motivation is Always 100%

 It can be helpful to think of motivation is as a zero-sum game.  That is to say that we are always 100% motivated, no matter what we are doing.  The guy that is getting good grades in math is no more motivated than the guy living in his pajamas and playing video games all day.  […]


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Do Older People Make Better Decisions?

Julie is facing a crossroads—it’s time to make a decision about her career and she’s not sure what to do. Her mind has raced through the options like a shopper on Black Sunday but she’s at the checkout line empty handed. Maybe she should ask her grandmother for advice…or should she? Most cultures have a […]