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ChatGPT on Social Comparison: 2 Examples

What is Social Comparison? A colleague commented on my recent Procrastination post that Procrastination is not his problem, but Social Comparison is. I took this as a call to write something on Social Comparison—and also as an opportunity to play with ChatGPT. I know, please forgive, couldn’t help myself, and here is what I got: Social comparison is the process of evaluating one’s own abilities, opinions, and traits by comparing them to those of others. It is a natural and often unconscious process that occurs when people look to others as a source of ...

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What is your anxiety preventing you from doing?

 This one simple question can be incredibly powerful. It can elicit significant self-exploration and change. If ...

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Hearing with Your Eyes

“Starting a new year sucks,” Rod says at the beginning of their first couples therapy session of the ...

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4 Types of Procrastination: Problems and Solutions

CNN Reports… Procrastination hurts—not just the accomplishment of personal and career goals—but in mental health as ...

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1 Smart Way to Decide When Decision Feels Tough

Decision v Struggle People often ask me how they are supposed to know what is the ...

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Using “Honoring Time” To Process Grief & Loss

We often hear that there is no structure for going through the stages of grief, and ...

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Forgiveness Therapy

When you practice awareness, you are not trying to change anything but rather bringing awareness to ...

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8 Things to Consider When Starting a Practice as an LCSW

Thinking of starting a private practice as an LCSW but don’t know where to start? Confused ...

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The Pressure to Feel Perfect 

In both my daily life and private practice, I encounter a surprising number of women who ...

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Give Space, Take Space

I just want some alone time!! Is it bad that I don't want to spend 24/7 ...

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How to Combat Blame Shifting with Compassion

Blame Shifting can be summarized as a failure of accountability where an individual (or entity) attempts ...

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“Let Go, “Move On” No. Move Forward, Yes!

These are well-intentioned bits of advice given by ourselves to ourselves, or by others when we ...

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7 Ways to Maximize Your Private Practice Blog

You’ve heard that blogging can be a great marketing tool for your private practice, but the ...

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“Why are we here?”

“You’re gonna sit silently the whole time?” Miriam’s voice rises as she examines Livia’s face, five ...

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Writing Can Relieve Your Emotional Pain

As I lay awake in the middle of the night, I would feel completely alone. I ...

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The World From the Eye of a Psychotherapist

Being a psychotherapist can be an isolating experience at times. You spend hours each day listening to ...

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Coping with Pet Loss During the Holidays

When we lose our beloved pet (our beloved anyone), the house in which we live is ...

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One Touch Method: Powerful Stress Reducing Productivity Hack

Getting Stuff Done One Touch Method, Huh? Well, this week a colleague posted a question on ...

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Cannabis? To use, or not to use…if you’re in recovery

Cannabis is making a major comeback! Well, let’s just say it’s reappearing in the mainstream again ...

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Attacking January/Winter Blues

As I glance out the window, it is gloomy outside, I am aware of how short ...

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Positive Psychology: Forgiveness

The new year tends to be all about forgiving and starting fresh, letting things go to ...

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An Overview of Psychotherapy Notes and How to Use Them

Most therapists keep some form of notes to record patient encounters, keep track of important information, ...

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2 Tips to Beat The January Blahs

Why January Blahs? Did you say more yesses than usual over the holiday season to people ...

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Multigenerational and grandparent led families

Throughout my career, i have spent a number of years working with and understanding children and ...

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Stress: it’s all in your head

I recently came across a quote by Dr. Hans Selye, "...it is important to keep in ...

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Don’t know much about biology

It is not surprising when my feed skews towards biology and the nature of love. Writer, ...

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7 Ways to Make Money Before Your Practice is Established

Setting up a therapy practice doesn’t happen overnight. Contracting with insurance companies, networking, and building a ...

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Identity the Holiday Blues

The holidays are a time of joy and cheer, but for some, they can be a ...

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Treating Pain & Anxiety With Mindfulness & Improv

Applied improv is a wonderful tool to help people living with behavioral issues such as anxiety ...

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But wait, there’s more!

Question: What do marshmallows and the four Noble Truths have in common? Answer: craving. Upon observing ...

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Mountain Wisdom

Sometimes, for whatever reason, life throws us misfortunes and hardships, and we are called upon to ...

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Coping With Grief and Loss Over the Holidays

The holiday season should be joyful, at least according to the ads, Christmas carols, and Instagram ...

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How to Find Your High-Value Man

Not too long ago, some "relationship experts" were creating a frenzy around "high-value" men. One suggested ...

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Healthcare on Hiatus: Burnout on all fronts

Nurses, medical doctors, and mental health therapists are tired! So tired, in fact, many are leaving ...

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The Major Flaw of the Book ‘Mindset’”

The author of the popular book for decades now, Mindset, has seen more popularity right now ...

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2023 Word of the Year. Here’s Mine. What’s Yours?

‘Word of the Year’ appears to be overtaking ‘New Year’s Resolution’ as a way to convince ...

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Validation Amidst Conflict

Many couple systems struggle with how to validate their partner’s feelings when navigating a disagreement. The ...

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Your Comfort Zone: 2 Reasons to Stay In. 2 Reasons to Get Out. And How?

What is Comfort Zone? People are tired. Whether from Covid directly. Or indirectly from what it takes ...

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7 Ways To Set Boundaries With Your At-Home Telehealth Practice

It’s been almost 3 years since COVID-19 pandemic, and many people are still adjusting to a ...

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Should I start a private practice?

The COVID pandemic has created a lot of occupational transition, and the mental health field is no ...

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“Should”: The All-Too-Common Cognitive Distortion

In my work as a clinical therapist, I often hear, “I should have done this…” or ...

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Gaslighting: The 2022 Word of the Year

“Gaslighting” was recently named the 2022 Merriam-Webster Dictionary Word of the year. Have we finally found ...

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Animal-Assisted Clinical Approaches: the strategic utilization of our furry friends

Attachment Theory and neuroscience provide substantial evidence in support of animal-assisted therapeutic interventions. Although many attachment-based therapeutic ...

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Why All Therapists Should Have a Social Media Policy

Being a therapist in the internet age offers both challenges and opportunities. Therapists increasingly use social media ...

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Self-Worth: 15 questions to build your self-esteem and self-confidence

Self-worth Self-worth can get bogged down by your self criticisms, binge eating, negative body image and ...

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Use Your Nose: Unfortunately, 30-50% Adults Don’t When They Breathe.

What’s Up With Breathing? Last week I was asked to help a young man prep for ...

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