Blog for Better Living

How to Not Take Things Personally

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | October 12, 2015

Don’t take anything personally. This is the second agreement of Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic, The Four Agreements. As the author writes so eloquently in his book: “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

How to Help Someone with Anxiety

By: Other | September 21, 2015

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. Anxiety is a condition that can close you off to others. For friends and family of those living with anxiety, this can represent a serious challenge. You want to help them deal with their condition, but you don’t know how to help them or what you can say to snap […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Relationships


By: Other | September 8, 2015

Written by Karin Thebus, Psy.D. I recently had a discussion with some friends about being vulnerable and what that really means. One of my friends stated that she had been vulnerable to another person and did not get the response she wanted, so why would she open herself up that way again. I thought that […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships

Summer Time Fun: Breaking up the Daily Grind

By: Other | June 26, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. Do you ever feel like you get up, face the tasks of the day, go to bed and then wake up to press replay? The Groundhog Day phenomenon!  We all laugh about it, but the reality is that it can be very draining. Today’s Society In our society today, we […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships

The ‘Up’ Side of Feeling Down

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | April 16, 2015

In today’s culture, everyone loves to be happy. Just look at posts on Facebook and other social media of people smiling and having a wonderful time. Bookstores are full of self-help books and you can’t go online without finding an article on “how to be happier.” We’re inundated with the craze to be happy – […]

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Depression, Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Creating A Bully-free, Safe Environment For Children

By: Other | April 10, 2015

Written by Stefanie Platt, Psy.D. When I reflect back on my childhood, I have several happy and carefree memories. However, witnessing the bully-inflicted torment of my peers has tainted some of these memories.  I recall standing by in disbelief when some of my friends ruined another close friend’s 13th birthday by stomping on her celebratory […]

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Bullying, Children, Relationships

Spring Time: A Time to Nourish your Well-Being

By: Other | March 26, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. Spring is in the air! It is a season filled with hope, growth, new life and excitement. The weather is warming, the plants are in bloom, ideas and plans of new activities begin to emerge.  If you are a gardener, you know that Spring is a time to nurture your […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Finding Perspective

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 17, 2015

I recently came back from a dirtbiking trip to Death Valley and the surrounding area refreshed and refocused. There are many things that I love about dirtbiking like the opportunity to explore new places and be physically challenged. However, the aspect of the sport that appeals to me the most is the ability to Find […]

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Children, Family, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Practicing Vulnerability

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 7, 2015

The term vulnerability is described beautifully in the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Her book not only describes the concept of vulnerability but also discusses its importance in our lives. Vulnerability, according to Brown is a crucial part of human existence that is oftentimes ignored or suppressed. All humans have emotions, and thus, all […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships