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Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Karpman Triangle: Rescuer, Abuser, Victim

There is a triangle of relationship roles that is common among adults, especially in dysfunctional and codependent relationships. The drama triangle, also known as the Karpman Triangle, was developed by Stephen Karpman and describes the dynamics of two people in a relationship. In his 1968 article titled, Fairy Tales and

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The Art and Science of Psychology

Look up any definition of psychology and you’ll see that the definition will often start off with, “the scientific study of.” Psychology is a science, although in a way it’s hard to see it as one. It’s a field that’s still a little fuzzy; we’re still trying to figure it

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The Roots of Mental Illness

Psychology is a newer form of medical science. The truth is this field is still growing and learning about the psyche, mental illness, and the contributing factors to the development of a psychological disorder. However, recent research on the brain is quickly providing more and more information about diagnosis, treatment,

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Anxiety and Depression in Western Society

Many individuals today experience some form of anxiety. In fact, it’s practically the norm. Who isn’t stressed, overworked, worried, or tense? There’s work, children, family, friends, finances, meals, and more to tend to each day. That’s what the workweek is all about! And then, on the weekend, hopefully, it’s time

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The Addiction Cycle Defined

When most people think of addiction, they might picture having a compulsion towards either drugs or alcohol. However, an individual can develop an addiction to anything really, anything that creates a feeling of euphoria and stimulates the same physiological responses as a drug might. There is a typical cycle that

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Having a mental illness is actually quite common in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 26.2 of American adults have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Bipolar Disorder, specifically, affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age

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The Visible and Invisible of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, like any mental illness, have overt symptoms, obvious challenges that tend to receive all the focus. For instance, when someone is depressed, the feelings of sadness, lack of energy, and the pain of unworthiness seem to make up the experience of depression. However, there are invisible aspects to

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The Frightening Experience of Psychosis

Most of us are used to way life is organized. In fact, we rely on them.  For instance, the way traffic light moves from green to yellow to red is a pattern that keeps the roads safe and orderly. This small detail, like so many others in life, helps the

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Addiction, Powerlessness, and Enabling Patterns

Having an addiction seems to inherently involve certain dysfunctional emotional and psychological patterns. It’s not that a person with an addiction is to blame for these patterns, but rather that these were models that were likely deeply embedded in his or her family of origin. In fact, a family that

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