Addicted to Love (and Other Things): Chemical Reactions in the Brain

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Rock A lot of you are probably too young to remember Robert Palmer’s 1986 mega-hit about the effects that passionate love has on human beings. Entitled Addicted to Love, it contains this description of the person who is passionately in love: Your lights are on, but you’re not […]

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Childhood Drama: Don't Let It Become the Role of a Lifetime

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Case History: A Childhood Drama Gia was raised by unhappy parents. They were unhappy as individuals and unhappy as husband and wife. Her father, a functioning alcoholic with a corporate job, had low self-esteem. He frequently humiliated his wife and children in order to bolster his sagging ego. […]

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What Color is 'Never'? What Rhymes with 'Empty'? What Lies Behind Art?

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Myths of Creativity: Art History, English Lit, Introduction to Classical Dance, and Music Appreciation In many academic courses – especially those taught in this country and in this century – the professors would have us believe that painters paint in order to entertain and instruct us, to document […]

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Step Back from Crisis : The Cognitive and Emotional Benefits of Physical Exercise

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCCO Extreme Mental and Emotional Symptoms Depression, mood instability, compulsions, constant anxiety, and other mental and emotional symptoms are horribly uncomfortable. Swirling, spiraling, interconnected, intrusive, obsessive thoughts of sadness, anger, fear, and even impending death and disaster can make life seem hopeless and not worth living. The Body Reacts […]

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Taking Care of Business: Reducing Workplace Stress

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Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC Why We Work Most people work – at least in part – to earn a living. They need to support their lifestyles and their families. Some people chose their work on the basis of salary alone, and that, while understandable in today’s uncertain financial climate, can be stressful […]

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