Posts in Coping Tools
Getting Bigger: Holding Difficult Emotions with Spaciousness

This practice comes from Ann Weiser Cornell, an expert on the psychotherapeutic Focusing technique. This mindfulness and somatic awareness exercise can help you get a handle on overwhelming emotions, calm your nervous system and gain a clearer perspective. 

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What You Focus on Expands: How to Grow the Good

For many folks coming to therapy, there can be a tendency to hyper-focus on what they are NOT doing well or on what is NOT working in their lives. This makes sense, as our brain’s “negativity bias” makes us more sensitive to unpleasant thoughts, emotions, and events. Psychologist Rick Hanson explains that “the brain is like Teflon for the positive and Velcro for the negative.” Our ancestors’ brains developed this adaptation in order to avoid danger and survive; however, it no longer serves us in the same way.

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