How To Spot Deception

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “He who has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” ~Sigmund Freud In my profession it is important to know if someone is lying to me or more importantly to themselves. Whether it is a small lie or aRead more

Signs of Collective Narcissism 

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “In the final analysis I believe in man in spite of men.” ~Elie Wiesel I recall as a young boy thinking of girls as alien beings inhabiting the same planet but playing by a whole different set of rules. They were seen as the enemy and I was convinced that boys were superior to girls. I recall my sister arguing that boys had cooties and that girlsRead more

How to Recover From a Mistake Using G.R.O.W.T.H.™

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ~Johnny Cash Mr. Cash was a smart man who brilliantly summed up how we should treat our mistakes.Read more

3 Steps to Create a Self-Care Plan

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” ~Oscar Wilde In one way or another we are all caretakers. Care taking can be found in all aspects of life. Some of us are care takers in the professional sense and work in medical, mental health or other professions where the main responsibility is that of a caretaker. Others are caretakers in their everyday lives as parents orRead more

4 Signs of Maladaptive Daydreaming

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “I have everything I need in my daydreams. A big home, fast car, money and tons of good friends. I could never have that in my so-called real life so why try?” ~Anonymous Maladaptive day dreaming is a psychological concept that was first introduced in 2002 by Eli Somer, a clinical psychologist who specializes in traumatized patients. Dr. Somer found that patients who suffer early trauma regularly escape intoRead more

5 Signs of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder is a complex psychological disorder, which is difficult to diagnose and controversial. It is characterized by severe episodes of dissociation. Dissociative behavior can be divided into two categories: detachment and compartmentalization. Detachment is a voluntary or involuntary feeling or emotion that accompanies a sense of separation from normal associations or environment. Compartmentalization is a splitting off of theRead more

Benefits of a Childhood Imaginary Friend

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for thirty-five years, doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won over it.” ~Elwood Dowd-Harvey I love old movies. One of my favorites is Harvey, a 1950’s comedy that stars James Stewart. He plays a character named Elwood P. Dowd who has a companion named Harvey. The funny and problematic part is that Harvey is a 6’3 1/2″ tall invisible rabbit. InRead more

9 Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh The purpose of this article is to educate readers on a serious mental illness that is said to affect 1.6% to 5.9% of adults in America. This is between 4 million to 14 million people. The purpose of this article isRead more

How to Heal Childhood Wounds

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Founder of: MakeItUltra™ I wanted to share with you a system that I use in my private practice. My mentor and supervisor Dr. Judy Rosenberg (PSY #PSY14817) developed this psycho-educational model for psychotherapy. The Mind Map™ is a very easy-to-use and powerful tool for illustrating how the wounds of childhood were delivered, embedded and manifested into present day. It illuminates for us exactly what to do about it. The “Be the Cause” MIND MAP™ forRead more

How to Spot the Shy (Covert) Narcissist

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “Beware of  false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” ~Matthew 7:15 Don’t be fooled by the title. There is nothing cute or innocent about this stealthy narcissist, also known as the covert narcissist. A covert narcissist is a narcissist who suffers from low self-esteem. He or she is seeking the same glory and power as the classic narcissist, butRead more