PSYCHOLOGY

Holiday Thoughts of Home

My mother lived in the past, and when her ideal of the Currier and Ives Christmas didn’t measure up, she was angry and hurt and made our home life miserable. Now I have my own version of a Currier and Ives Christmas—one both satisfying and attainable.

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Why Activists Need Home

A new generation of feminists is addressing the injustices they see at home — from domestic violence to inadequate food, water, and lack of housing, in every corner of the world. Over one million NGOs and grass roots organizations now focus on women’s basic safety, while helping them to build strong families and sound regional economies

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Make Your Life Like Music

Psychologist Helen Marlo explores the myth of work-life balance and notes that the rhythm of life keeps changing. The best thing we can do is go with it — thinking of life as a symphony moving from a crashing overture to a brief adagio then back to the uptempo beat again.

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Safe Conversations — The Power to Connect

With some simple guidelines for conversation, psychologists Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt help us move beyond our “fight or flight” response and discover new levels of empathy and compassion. The benefits include better relationships at home, a stronger rapport with our neighbors, and a saner way of dealing with our cultural differences.

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When Politics Drive Us Crazy

Want to calm your brain and avoid holiday conflict? Research shows that certain images can make us happier, increase our resilience to stress and prime our brains for positive behaviors toward others like care, compassion, and empathy. A whole range of physical and emotional effects are triggered when we view warm fuzzy images of animals and babies.

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At Home with Ourselves

Companies use the Myers-Briggs test for team building. Sally Keil explains how Jung’s typology plays out at home, shedding light on family relationships.

Typology describes how we approach and understand our environment. How do we solve problems and relate to others? In a new situation, what is our “gut instinct”? Knowing how your partner or your children choose to process all this information makes for an enligthened home.

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