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Ramblings About The Pope, Gays and Conversation

posted by Linda Mintle

What happened with the Pope’s comments, usually happens whenever any comment is made about homosexuality. It is taken out of context if it is not politically correct, and all attempts to polarize positions are made. In conversations about homosexuality, someone […]

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If Anthony Weiner Was a Patient Who Walked in to My Office…

posted by Linda Mintle

Forget for the moment that Anthony Weiner is running for Mayor of New York City. Set aside your politics and think about Anthony Weiner’s behavior. Let’s pretend Weiner comes to see me because he has been ordered by someone to […]

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Addicted to Work? Take the Short Quiz

posted by Linda Mintle

If you work to avoid negative emotional states such as anxiety and depression, perhaps work has taken on an addictive quality. In a state of frustration, Rachel recounted her life. “It’s like I married my alcoholic father. Not a day […]

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Anxious? Give Exposure Therapy a Try

posted by Linda Mintle

Let’s say you really want a dog but you are afraid of dogs. Every time you see a dog, you become anxious and move away from the dog. This lowers your dog anxiety but doesn’t help you tolerate a dog […]

Can Peer Pressure Be a Good Thing? 8 Parenting Tips

posted by Linda Mintle

Peer pressure sounds like a negative thing because we usually think of it as something to resist. But the teenage brain loves social acceptance more than the adult brain. In fact, teens get great pleasure from being liked by other people. […]

Why The Royal Baby Was A Stress Reducer

posted by Linda Mintle

After all the bad news of the day, did you find yourself smiling at the birth of the royal baby? If you did, you were engaging in stress relief! Stuck in traffic, SMILE! Someone cuts in line at a sporting […]

Does Your Partner Want Your Advice?

posted by Linda Mintle

You see her trying to balance the checkbook. You have some advice that you are ready to give. After all, you are just trying to be helpful, but it turns out that your partner may not appreciate that type of […]

Corey Monteith Overdose: 10 Truths About Drug Addiction

posted by Linda Mintle

Glee star, Corey Monteith, made no secret of his struggle with drug addiction before his untimely death. Back in 2011, he made the comment that he was lucky to be alive given his history and struggle. He began using marihuana […]

Consider This Response to the Zimmerman Verdict by Dr. Alveda King

posted by Linda Mintle

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shares her thoughtful response to the Zimmerman verdict. Dr. Alveda King: “Grieved over strife surrounding Zimmerman verdict” I believe that the verdict in the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case further exposes a grievous and […]

Bieber Bad Boy Behavior: Why Do Celebrities Act Out?

posted by Linda Mintle

He sang about being your boyfriend, but what girl wants a guy who pees in a janitor’s bucket in a restaurant?  Most “girlfriends” would run for the hills, thinking this guy has issues. And there was more, he spritzed a […]

Should You Ditch the ADHD Medication for Your Child?

posted by Linda Mintle

Years ago, I began treating children with attention and behavioral problems with parent training. Yes, it was time consuming. Parents had to attend classes, track their child’s behavior and apply various parenting skills to the problems they saw. Then I […]

Learning to Let Go of Offense

posted by Linda Mintle

Do you ever have one of those days when you are mad at the way people behave? Something really unfair happens and you try very hard not to be offended?  Not that I am not perfect, but when I see […]

Sticks and Stones Do Break Psychological Bones: 10 Parenting Helps to Respond to a Bully

posted by Linda Mintle

I was horrified to learn that 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz, who sang the national anthem  in his mariachi costume at the NBA finals, was bullied on Twitter. To the child’s credit, his response to all the bullying was incredible. […]

Do You Hate Your Job?

posted by Linda Mintle

Can’t get excited about going to work in the morning? Don’t like the atmosphere at work? Prefer not to be with your co-workers? Do you even like your job? If you answered, NO, you join more than half of all […]

Does Spiritual Independence Bring Freedom? Happy 4th!

posted by Linda Mintle

HAPPY FOURTH of JULY! As we celebrate our country’s freedom today, here is an interesting take on the concept of independence as a Christian trait. My brother, the Reverend Dennis Marquardt, preached a sermon on the spiritual difference between independence […]

Couples: How Far is Too Far?

posted by Linda Mintle

 “I did not have sex with that woman.” These words from President Clinton concerning his relationship with  White House intern. Monica Lewinsky. raised questions about what does and does not constitute marital infidelity. How does one define infidelity? Is it […]

If You Could See In Someone’s Heart–4 Minutes To Think of Others

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the bad news about hate speech, hurting people, murder and mayhem, use this 4 minutes to stop, reflect and care about those you encounter every day. Instead of selfishness, hate, anger and uncaring, let’s build love, support and […]

Previous Posts

5 Things to Say That Will Upset Your Partner
If you want to upset your partner, try these tried and true conversation starters or responses. These phrases will get a reaction, mostly, an upsetting one. So think before you speak! 1) We need to talk. Yes, this is the title of my latest ...

posted 7:00:05am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Are You Practicing The Best Parenting Style?
Parenting is on John's mind now that his second child has arrived. John was raised by a father who was harsh and demanding. John often felt as if he could not live up to his father's expectations. Now a father himself, John is aware that his ...

posted 7:00:20am Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Are You Genetically Predisposed to Worry?
Susan feels she can’t stop worrying no matter how hard she tries. She’s beginning to wonder if she is a born worry. She is asking, "Can worry be genetic?" In 2007, Yale researchers found a gene variation associated with chronic worrying ...

posted 7:00:57am Jun. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Does God Hide in Times of Trouble?
When Christians are being beheaded in the middle east, when a man shoots people praying in a church, when young girls are taken and forced into sex slavery, when you are falsely accused or ridiculed for your beliefs, it often feels like God is ...

posted 7:00:35am Jun. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Should You Keep Secrets From Your Partner?
I was in the grocery store and the tabloids were headlining the secret love child of yet another celebrity couple. Secrets are a problem. They don’t usually end well. I am often asked if it is a good idea to reveal secrets to a partner or a ...

posted 7:00:25am Jun. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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