Intrusive Thoughts that Make Us Anxious

Understanding and Managing Intrusive Thoughts

We’ve all experienced those random thoughts that pop into our heads seemingly out of nowhere. For most of us, these fleeting thoughts are barely noticeable, and we move on without giving them a second thought. […]

Intrusive Thoughts that Make Us Anxious2024-07-17T18:38:14+00:00

Painful Self-Consciousness

We develop self-consciousness when we start to see ourselves objectively, stepping out of our own experience to imagine how others perceive us. This ability to see ourselves from an outsider’s perspective is an important developmental step. Those who lack awareness of how others […]

Painful Self-Consciousness2024-06-24T00:27:39+00:00

Imagined scenarios in OCD

Most of us think of OCD in terms of hand washers or people who engage in specific compulsive behaviors.

However, many mental compulsions are also a part of OCD.

Mental compulsions or safety behaviors (things […]

Imagined scenarios in OCD2024-06-02T03:02:36+00:00

Labeling OCD Thoughts for What They Are

Thank you to my colleague Amanda Petrik-Gardner for permission to use her infographic!

Identifying when OCD is pulling you in:

Many people find it helpful to label their OCD thoughts as external to them, such as calling the thoughts “the […]

Labeling OCD Thoughts for What They Are2024-05-01T21:23:18+00:00

Should the need for reassurance be outgrown?

When it comes to feelings of vulnerability, fear, or distress, reassurance is one of the earliest forms of soothing our parents and caregivers provide.

From as early as infancy, our parents say comforting words to us when we cry, as […]

Should the need for reassurance be outgrown?2024-04-02T14:41:48+00:00

Social Anxiety and Fear of Speaking Up

Social Anxiety has a way of making us feel we can’t stand up for ourselves in social settings that make us nervous or uncomfortable.

The anxiety about how we appear to others or how they’re judging us, as well […]

Social Anxiety and Fear of Speaking Up2024-03-03T23:01:45+00:00

Desires for Answers and Intolerance of Doubt

psychoanalysis and dreams

An unquenchable search and thirst for knowledge, theories, and ideas is often a source of creativity, accomplishment, and intellectual achievement.

Yet the pull towards knowledge-seeking can also mislead us if it compels us to look for answers that don’t exist; to find neat resolutions to unresolvable paradoxes; or to try to solve emotional […]

Desires for Answers and Intolerance of Doubt2024-02-26T21:25:00+00:00

When the need for knowledge becomes an anxiety problem

A common symptom of anxiety or OCD is a need for information and knowledge, and difficulty coping with uncertainty or ambiguity.

When things are unclear, unpredictable, or unknown, sometimes we cope with anxiety about this by overanalyzing things, […]

When the need for knowledge becomes an anxiety problem2024-02-11T04:12:04+00:00

Could you be using your mind for self-protection?

Each of us has our specific go-to ways of protecting ourselves from pain or trauma, often subconsciously chosen in large part based on our inborn temperaments and personalities. Some of our protective mechanisms were learned in very early childhood, before we even […]

Could you be using your mind for self-protection?2024-01-08T00:22:06+00:00
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