Curing Procrastination

Curing Procrastination While it is not a clinical syndrome; that is, a diagnosis found in a mental health manual, procrastination is still pernicious, psychologically. It can create mild symptoms or some that are chronic, even paralyzing. Regardless, procrastination is something that can be cured. Procrastination is really a form of ambivalence. This is not widely recognized. …

How To Think About Teenagers

I’m a child psychologist. This includes training about teenagers. Teens, by definition, are still children from the ages of thirteen to the day before they turn eighteen. Nineteen year olds, though technically adults, are still teenagers. On the low end of the teen spectrum, very mature twelve year olds will act like immature thirteen or even …

Guilt is a Four Letter Word

OK, I know I can’t count, but this title gets people’s attention about this very debilitating feeling and the underlying dynamics that set it up. In my capacity as an outpatient psychologist, I run into lots of conditions, many of which rest upon the deeper dynamic of anxiety.Relationships usually bring this experience up, as it is …

Ambivalence and Guilt–Part II

This is the second in a two-part series of articles on ambivalence and guilt. Please read the first article before reading this one. Written by a psychologist. The Dictionary of Psychology defines an “Approach-Avoidance” situation, as … “A conflict resulting from being both drawn and repelled by the same goal. This type of conflict is particularly …