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Category: Behavior modifications

Mindfulness – Thought Defusion

  Making plans for your future and learning from your past mistakes are necessary part of our everyday life. However, the problem  comes when we are too focused on the future, which tends to make us anxious, or overly focused on our past, which can tend to get us discouraged or depressed. The trick to amazing emotional health and happy life is in finding the right balance. Mindfulness helps you see and understand your thoughts and feelings as they really are, rather than giving them too much importance or misunderstanding them completely. The technique of mindfulness is practiced by paying…

Dealing with Your Child’s Anger

Just as adults, children can get angry for a variety of reasons. The question is how do you deal with it as a parent.  Becoming angry due to certain frustrations is a normal and a perfectly acceptable reaction to emotional distress. It is important that you as a parent communicate to your child that they are safe to express their feelings. However, it is even more important that you teach your child how to manage this negative emotion so that it has the least detrimental effect on their well-being and others around them. The goal is for the children…

Teens, Social Media, and Online Safety

  Undoubtedly, the internet has created new ways for us to communicate and be connected. Thanks to today’s technology, our teenagers have an opportunity to gain media literacy, become technically savvy, socialize, and be connected to their peers all over the world. However, this increased use of the internet and today’s technology among teens comes with a prize. Cyberbullying and online gossip on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace, as well as through instant messaging, chat rooms, and emails are becoming a growing and common problem. Many parents of my teen clients share…

8 Simple Steps to Reducing Depressed Mood

Depression is a very serious condition that can impact many areas of our lives, such as work, family, relationships, and health. It is a clinical condition that has been around for ages.  According to DSM-5, a depressive disorder is defined by the presence of sad, empty, or irritable mood, accompanied by somatic or cognitive changes that significantly affect the individual’s capacity to function.  In addition, new research has indicated that depression is often caused by heavy onslaught of toxicity or severe nutritional and lifestyle based deficiency’s that cause massive brain inflammation that disrupts normal neurological processing…

What Every Parent Should Know about Behavior Modifications

Behavior modification is a treatment approach consisting of several different techniques that have been found very effective in managing problematic behavior in children.  Many of these techniques can be applied to adults as well; however, for the purpose of this article, we will focus specifically on techniques most commonly used with children.   Behavior modification techniques were initially developed by American behavioral psychologist, B.F. Skinner (1904 – 1990), who considered all human actions to depend on consequences of previous actions.  Simply put it, Skinner believed that behavior could be shaped by reinforcement or lack of it.   Behavior modification…