psychology notes.

This site was originally created in 2009 as a virtual repository for all of the various psychology and therapy-related things (quotes, articles, videos, music, pictures) I came across both online and in my work as a psychotherapist. It has morphed into something slightly different in the past four years, and is now perhaps slightly more outward facing, but is still at heart a place for me to collect and share things related to the life of the mind.

Disclaimer: Posting something to this site does not mean that I necessarily agree with or endorse the opinions being expressed therein. All text on this site is informational and for educational purposes only. This site is not meant to be a substitute for professional mental health or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition or mental health issue. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.

And please, be kind to one another.

If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.

Ram Dass

I tend to post this every year around this time, because I think this is exactly the time of year that most of us need to hear it. Home tends to humble and frustrate us like no other place on earth, reminding us that no matter how much we accomplish in this life, no matter how intelligent/mature/independent/enlightened/empowered we strive and struggle to become, we are still also and always some one else’s son or daughter, sister or brother.

Home is where we were made, many moons ago, for better or for worse—and those old patterns are often like an old pair of shoes we quickly (and mostly unconsciously) slip right back into simply because we know their size and shape on the deepest of levels and remember all too easily how it feels to walk around in them, even if they no longer really fit the person we’ve grown to become since putting them aside.

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