FAQ’s about Boundaries

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What is a boundary? Well, there are probably lots of ways to understand boundaries, for all kinds of contexts.  In counselling, when we are looking at interpersonal boundaries, we define them simply as “what is OK and what is not OK”.   That means personal boundaries might be different for different people? Absolutely. Ever have …

FAQ’s about Adult Bullying

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Bullying sucks, at any age. Bullying hurts…the irony being that the bullies in the schoolyard are often the ones being bullied in another arena.  They feel hurt and powerless…and so exert power over another to push away the helplessness. Those that are bullied are often hesitant to disclose to others that they are bullied…no matter …

FAQ’s about OCD

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What is OCD? OCD is the acronym for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Let’s break it down into it’s component parts: Obsessions are thoughts/feelings/urges/images that are intrusive and unwanted that won’t go away. They are painful, bothersome and troubling. They are disturbing for sure: often in content, and in persistence. Disturbing content are things like:   a …

FAQ’s: Selfies…what they tell us about us

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Ummm…I hear this word “selfie” does everyone but me know what it means? Selfies are a relatively recent development, so let me let Oxford tell you: So…why would anybody take a selfie?  Why take pics of yourself to post on social media? What’s the point? Ahhh…so you’re likely not a “Millennial” if you’re asking that …

FAQ’s about Hypochondria

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What is Hypochondria? Hypochondria occurs when a person is abnormally concerned about his/her health in a way that doesn’t fit the picture. It becomes a disorder when it continues for longer than six months, and interferes with a person’s ability to function normally. The anxiety is significant, and surrounds concern that a person has a …

FAQ’s about yelling at your adolescent

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh published a study this fall that looked at the relationship between teens being yelled at and their behaviour.  The results were inconvenient, to say the least, to parents who use yelling as a form of steering their teenager into appropriate behaviour.  To put it quite simply, the study found …

Introversion FAQ’s

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What is an introvert? How can I know if I’m an introvert? An introvert is someone who feels most alive when they are with smaller groups of people or alone.  When an introvert looks to “recharge their batteries”, they will look to spend time by themselves or in small groups. An introvert doesn’t crave large …

Emotional Eating-FAQ’s

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I’ll be talking with Dahlia Kurtz about emotional eating tomorrow on CJOB in the afternoon.  A great topic…something that affects so very many of us.  I’m not sure we get a lot of folks coming to the counselling office saying, “Help me, I eat too much”…but we get a ton of folks that are struggling …