Are Pets Emotionally Beneficial?

Navigate Life 44: Do People Benefit Emotionally from Pets?

Short episode, but a couple of thoughts.

– Several episodes back I talked about this idea of a stigma of mental illness- my throes is that people will always stigmatize illness because we are motivated to not be ill… it’s a survival need. I think we have a stigma of therapy and seeking mental help.
– Came across a podcast interview in a Facebook group (that surprisingly wasn’t for counselors) in which Prince Harry of England talked about his own counseling and why he went.
– Most people don’t know I was born in England. Am a dual citizen.
– Harry talks about realizing that much of the struggles he dealt with in his late 20’s were because he never came to terms with the death of his mother
– In particular, he dealt with heavy amounts of anxiety during royal engagements
– He worked with soldiers suffering from PTSD and has begun a campaign in the UK to encourage people to seek help for mental issues; he is concerned that there is something in the British culture, the “stiff upper lip” that may be holding people back from seeking the help they need

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/16/prince-harry-sought-counselling-death-mother-led-two-years-total/

Are Pets Beneficial to People?

– Family dog passed away a few weeks ago.

– Watched how each of my children reacted (oldest cried off an on for a couple of days, my youngest cried then seemed fine 20 minutes later- it was only after she was hurt did she realize that her pet wasn’t going to be there for her- learning the permanency of death)

– I’m not a pet person; love animals but don’t seem to get benefits that others do (provide company from loneliness, reduce blood pressure, we have animal-assisted therapy)- surprised by the fact that even after decades of research, animals may not be as beneficial as we think, here’s why:
1) no control groups in studies- people may have improved with the passage of time
2) looked at short-term outcomes, nothing long-term
3) with animal studies, there is always a human handler- people may be improving because of the human, not the animal
4) no look at the placebo effect- animals help us feel better because we believe that they do
5) animals needs aren’t taken into account- we may feel better with equine therapy, but the horse is still a captor (we don’t know if it’s a willing participant in your therapy)

The evidence for the psychological benefits of animals is surprisingly weak

– Most people don’t know that I was born in England as a dual citizen. Moved to the US when I was three.
– Prince Harry getting counseling 20 years after his mother passed away. Done at the urging of his older brother Prince William

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Physical Symptoms of Anger

Navigate Life 43: Physical Symptoms of Anger

Today I’m talking about the ways in which feeling angry can harm you physically, as well as discuss a common mistake I see couples make. I also get on a soapbox about meetings, and my theory on the recent culture of “outrage”.

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Tear Down Irrational Beliefs

Navigate Life 42: Getting Rid of Irrational Thoughts
Last week, I talked about recognizing irrational beliefs. But once you see them, how do you confront them? I talk about that in this episode!

– Last week talked about recognizing irrational self-talk
– So now that you can recognize them, how do you overcome them? How do you make internal statements that are more rational?
– Remember the Scientific Method from school? What I’m going to show you is a way to confront your thinking using something like that method.

A) Activating Event- the story of what happened, just the facts
B) Belief- what you think about that event; at first it’s irrational, but we’ll change this to rational

* Most important part- separate out A from from B

C) Consequence- what’s happened because of your irrational beliefs
D) Dispute- confront the irrational belief
E) Evaluate- how do you feel now that you have changed some of your self-talk

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5 Irrational Beliefs

Navigate Life Ep41: 5 Irrational Beliefs

World Downs Syndrome Day is 3/21 (for the trisomy of the 21st chromosome)
https://worlddownsyndromeday.org

National Downs Syndrome Society- Buddy Walk
http://www.ndss.org/

5 Irrational Beliefs:
1) Musturbation
2) Awfulizing
3) Low Frustration Tolerance
4) Universals
5) Fairness

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What is Meditation?

I talk about what meditation is, what you can expect to get from it, who it’s for (and who it’s not). I will be putting out a video on my review of some meditation apps for iPhone, so stay tuned for that!

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Show Notes:

– Every week, I see themes in my practice.

– This past week has been people looking for mediation practices, or those who could be helped by it

– “But meditation isn’t for me!” Only if you’re depressed.

– People think meditation is about emptying your mind/thinking of nothing/relaxing; but it’s NOT.

– Taught groups on “meditation from around the world”; each culture and religion has a meditation practice, so meditation is for EVERYBODY no matter where you’re from! (Give examples of different areas of the world and their meditation practices)

– What is meditation? It was a way for people to overcome the suffering of a mind that won’t stop; our minds never quit, so trying to think of nothing is impossible; mediation is about learning to not attach to those thoughts that come up; it’s about learning to sit with those thoughts, recognize them, then let them float by

– Our thoughts are not real or tangible. We can react to them, but we have control in how they affect us. It’s just neurons firing.

– Where to start? Apps on your phone. If you can’t sit still, try yoga (moving meditation).

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