Couples Therapy and Empathy Training

Couples Therapy and Empathy Training Couples Therapy offers a unique opportunity to strengthen what is often the most significant relationship of our adult lives. Intimate relationships can be challenging because we all carry some degree of childhood wounds from imperfect parenting. Consciously, we are attracted to each other for one set of reasons while unconsciously we may be drawn to

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Empathy for the Self Who Lives Within

Empathy for the Self Who Lives Within Dr. Stephen Covey is widely known for his bestselling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One of his seven habits is very similar to empathy, the topic for our next series of blogs. He calls that habit “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Just like Dr. Covey writes about

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Empathy’s Role in Survival of the Fittest

Empathy’s Role in Survival of the Fittest In the past two decades, research has been suggesting people are more soft-wired for sociability, companionship, and relationships than for narcissism, aggression and selfishness. As it turns out, the basic human drive to belong is heavily based upon empathy. When the great tsunami struck Southeast Asia and another struck Japan, the rest of

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The Financial Returns of Full Empathy vs. Partial Empathy  

The Financial Returns of Full Empathy vs. Partial Empathy This is a continuation of our prior Newsletter and series on empathy. Let’s explore the differences between Over-identification and Projection and then summarize the advantages of giving Full Empathy over Partial Empathy. We will use the same brief vignette between you and a friend that we used before to illustrate the

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Navigating and Regulating Psychological Bandwidth

Navigating and Regulating Psychological Bandwidth In case you missed our last Blog Post, the topic was psychological bandwidth. We define it as the amount of intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual energy we have available to think creatively and make effective decisions. Certain feelings use up a lot of psychological bandwidth. Feelings of loss, betrayal, fear, worry, stress, helplessness or hopelessness

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The Power of Our Beliefs

The Power of Our Beliefs Copyright March 31, 2009 by James Gottfurcht, Ph. D. This blog invites you to participate in a contest with prizes for the three people whose responses we believe will be the most beneficial to our readers. In order to allow time for you to respond and for us to select the winners, the next blog

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The Financial Power of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The Financial Power of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Let the dialogue begin! Starting immediately, this blog is open to comments. Here are the responses from one of the three winners from the last blog’s contest. The writer is Marc from Newbury Park, CA. Congratulations, Marc, on your gift of the one-hour Psychology of Money Intro CD. Marc’s Story Think of an

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Who was Adolf Merckle and Why are we Writing about Him?

Who was Adolf Merckle and Why am I Writing about Him? Merckle was a German billionaire who took over a family company with eighty employees in 1967. He turned it into a giant corporation with 100,000 employees. He owned Germany’s largest cement company and amassed a fortune of about twelve billion dollars! With the global economic meltdown, he lost six

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River Rafting your Way to Financial Success

River Rafting your Way to Financial Success When I began teaching UCLA Extension in 1976, I had no idea it would be so much fun. I vividly remember how strange it felt parking in the instructor’s lot for the first time instead of the student’s lot. Not only was I teaching my first class ever, I suddenly realized I would

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