Food is not always used, as we know, for healthy nourishment. Often it serves an ulterior motive, as a way for us to sneak into psychological mischief and indulge our emotional appetite for unresolved inner conflict. When people struggle with overeating and weight gain, … [Read more...] about When Food is Used to Feed Inner Conflict
What do you start to think about upon awakening in the morning? Is there a recurring pattern or theme to your early morning thoughts and reflections? Those first moments upon awakening are, for a lot of us, unpleasant if not disturbing. That’s when people are evaluating their … [Read more...] about The Self-Defeat of Passive Morning Thoughts
Readers often send me emails with their comments and questions. Here I answer four of them, all dealing with different aspects of inner passivity. My responses are in italics. I wrote to you some months ago. Since then I’ve bought many of your books and read the new … [Read more...] about Answers to Questions from Readers (Part 6)
Ambivalence is one of our more perplexing psychological ailments. The source of this paradoxical mental-emotional state lies submerged in our psyche, almost as unfathomable as those bizarre deep-sea creatures that underwater cameras have discovered. Ambivalence is the … [Read more...] about Is Ambivalence a Hidden Factor in Much of Human Misery?
So much of human thinking is irrational. This kind of messed-up thinking, often referred to as cognitive distortion, perceives reality in ways that are misleading or flawed, if not completely wrong, false, or stupid. (Examples follow below and more are found … [Read more...] about Inner Conflict is the Source of Cognitive Distortion