(Read Part 1 and Part 2) How then do we take all that we know about emotion and properly utilize emotions to make informed decisions? Well that is somewhat a trick question as emotions should rarely form the basis for making decisions. Let me explain. In Stephen W. Owen’s talk entitled “Be Faithful, Not Faithless” […]
(Read Part 1 HERE). After I have successfully narrowed down and identified my emotions; where do I go from there? How then do I effectively manage such emotions? While utilizing the emotion/feelings wheel may offer a simple formula toward managing emotions… I will introduce a few more tools that can be utilized. Our first tool […]
One of the most intriguing and well known forms of therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT. 4 questions we should all consider at times to better understand our own thoughts.
One of my favorite lessons I learned as an undergraduate student at BYU-Idaho was a lesson taught in my abnormal psychology class. My professor taught us the difference between self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence. He asserted that many of us may confuse the concepts or interchange them without really recognizing it. However, to best apply the […]
In my clinical internship at the BYU-Idaho Counseling Center I had the unique opportunity to assist students struggling with a variety of different issues. Perhaps one of the number one epidemics facing undergraduate students is anxiety and depression. Students begin to learn very quickly that adjusting to life can be complicated as they learn to […]
What is self care? Self care includes areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social. The best self care is to live life in a way that doesn’t leave you depleted.
I remember one of my earliest conversations with God when I was still a young man walking the streets of Detroit. I remember I was studying principles that involved learning how to be a tool in the hands of God and wanting to be able to do miracles with the power of God. I was […]
The different stages of grief are normal aspects of loss but to the untrained can cause a spiral downward and even some pretty extreme judgment of self and others.
Just like you, I am NOT a drug or alcohol addict. So why does everyone else keep saying I am?!?!? How to tell if you have a drug or alcohol problem.
“Father, are you pleased?” (I had the following ponders as I reviewed this week’s Come Follow Me lesson) Have you ever worked on a project for a while, with a lot of heart, but felt like you didn’t get anything worthwhile done, and possibly feel like you went backwards? This is how I felt after […]
I have met and talked to many who have felt they have something important to do, but can’t quite figure out what it is, or how to go about doing it.
Why do you need boundaries in your relationships? Ideally, and in a perfect world, relationships would be perfectly interdependent, synergistic, symbiotic, mutually edifying, cohesive, safe, intimate, and integrated.
[Review Chemical Scale for background on the different levels if they are unfamiliar to you.] Level 2 Mood Battles are usually very subtle, especially for men because we are not usually accustomed to paying attention to our feelings/moods. We were built to be thinkers (Level 3) and doers (Level 5). Satan knows this, so he […]
I don’t believe in “negative self-talk!” It has actually turned into one of the central focuses of my work over the past 20 years. Asking questions like, “When is it him, and when is it me?”