Blog for Better Living

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

Surviving the Holidays after Divorce

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | December 24, 2014

The holiday season is typically a time of great anticipation and excitement. But for those who are in the early stages of transitioning through divorce, the prospect of facing the holidays without your partner or children may cause some anxiety and sadness. It is okay to accept the difficulty of this time of year and […]

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Children, Family, Relationships, Stress

Families Having Fun!

By: Other | November 6, 2014

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. I remember when my daughter was still a young girl and October marked the beginning of “FUN”, and I found myself exhausted just thinking about Halloween, Halloween Parties, Holiday School Events, Thanksgiving, and the Celebrations that followed.  My feeling overwhelmed at the big events sometimes obscured my ability to see […]

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Relationships, Stress

Getting Married on Your Terms

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | July 30, 2014

Recently I had the privilege of traveling to Alaska for my very first “Extra Tuff Wedding”. Extra Tuffs, for those of us in the lower 48, are the footwear of choice for South East Alaskan natives. The big brown boots are clunky, rubber and not very attractive at first glance – but to those who […]

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Family, Relationships

Best Tips on How To Deal With Difficult People

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | July 9, 2014

We’ve all encountered them, and they exist almost everywhere: the difficult person. Difficult people do exist, and at some point or another you will probably be confronted with the need to deal with a high conflict, or difficult person. Most of us are proficient in our communication skills and feel more or less effective in […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships

Raising Emotionally Confident Children: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

By: Other | March 27, 2014

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. One of the things that commonly happens when people become parents is this introspection about how they want to influence the life of their child. We can talk idealistically about the values we want to model and instill, yet we are all tested at one time or another, sometimes seeing […]

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Children, Family, Relationships

Achieving Ideal Work/Life Balance

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | March 5, 2014

Last month, Rochelle was interviewed for the B2B Marketing Bopcast on how business professionals can manage stress and achieve a work/life balance. Below is a snippet of the interview and the full audio and transcript is available on Bop Design’s Bop Blog. “I think that the biggest obstacle for business professionals is really negative thinking. […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Attachment. Is it really a good thing?

By: Other | February 19, 2014

Written by Fabiola Figueroa, Ph.D. We as a society grow attached to many things.  We initially attach to our caregivers when we are very young.  However, as we grow up, we start being conditioned to attach to not only people, but to materials, to memories, to celebrities, to ideas, to places, to opinions, to experiences, […]

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