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Are You Thinking Too Much?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Overthinking, otherwise known as rumination, describes the act of actively thinking about a situation in an attempt to understand it from every side. People often ruminate because it provides some them with some feeling of “control” over a situation in which they have none. In reality, rumination has quite the opposite effect. Dwelling on concerns or ... Read More...
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Embrace Your Pace: Overcoming the Fear of Falling Behind

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Have you ever felt that you are falling behind in life? Many people describe this feeling with the phrase, “It feels like everyone has their stuff together but me.” It’s ironic, considering that everyone seems to be saying this about everyone else. This feeling might prompt you to search Pinterest for motivational quotes, purchase self-help ... Read More...
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Positively Toxic: Unpacking Toxic Positivity

    by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   In today’s culture, there’s a strong focus on staying positive. While positivity can be beneficial, placing too much importance on it can lead to what is known as toxic positivity. Toxic positivity is the belief that people should always maintain a positive mindset, regardless of how difficult or painful their situation is. This phenomenon ... Read More...
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Understanding Main Character Syndrome: Are You the Star of Your Own Show?

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Thanks to the rise of constant self-documentation on social media, a new term has emerged in our collective consciousness: Main Character Syndrome (MCS). But what exactly does it mean, and how can you identify if someone—or even yourself—has it?   What is Main Character Syndrome?   MCS is an informal term that describes a pattern ... Read More...
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The Four Agreements of Mental Health

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   In our stressful world, improving mental health is crucial. Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements” offers a simple, powerful guide for a more peaceful and healthy life. Here’s how each agreement can help your well-being.   1. Be Impeccable with Your Word The first agreement, “Be Impeccable with Your Word,” encourages individuals to use words ... Read More...
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