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Depression is the great deceiver

In General, Psychotherapy by Dr. Keith Witt

There is four times the rate of depression now than in 1987. We’ve essentially been doubling the amount of depression in this country for each of the last three generations.

Even considering an increased tendency to diagnose depression now than in previous years, this emerging 21st century culture is clearly not particularly conducive to happy care-free lives.

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Explain and listen, don’t make excuses.

In General, Love, Sex, and Relationships by Dr. Keith Witt

Who is your closest relationship right now? Do you get along well all the time? Do you fight occasionally? To those who can’t think of a conflict, come on! You must have fought or been irritated at least once! Remember your last fight or disagreement. As you and he or she struggled, were you listening, explaining, making excuses, or attacking? Probably you were doing several of these.

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Deeper Consciousness Means More Responsibility

In General, Psychotherapy by Dr. Keith Witt

In my book, Waking Up, I maintain that Integral psychotherapists cultivate compassion and depth of consciousness to co-create healing cultures with their clients. Depth of consciousness means understanding people within the many contexts of their lives, including the altitudes they typically inhabit on a variety of developmental lines like the self, interpersonal, parenting, morals, psychosexual, and integration-of-defenses lines. With deeper consciousness in my clients and myself comes felt responsibilities to help all those contexts, but with varying degrees of urgency.

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Mid-life Crises: Disaster or Turning Point?

In General, Psychotherapy by Dr. Keith Witt

The concept of a midlife crisis first appeared in a 1965 article by Elliot Jaques, entitled Death and the Midlife Crisis. He, like the psychoanalytic community, felt that approaching death was more fully realized by adults, potentially provoking depression, panic, and strong impulses to flee, change, or recapture a vision of youth and hope.

CEO Empowerment — Find YOUR Superpowers

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

We talked about CEOs, the special challenges they face, and the potential for growth and service inherent in being the top boss. The interface between business and personal existence is a bigger deal than most people realize.

Inclusive boundaries – Exclusive boundaries

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Inclusive boundaries — behaviors, attitudes, adjustments, principles, or understandings that I need to be in joyful relationship with you. Honesty, willingness to listen, compassion for my relatives all might be …

Overloading In The Culture Of Urgency

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Here’s a great article by ELISHA GOLDSTEIN, PH.D. Do you live in a culture of false urgency?  You think not?  No?  Everything is just fine?  Well what about those push notifications …

Shakespeare's Million Monkeys – Food for Thought

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Everyone has heard the assertion that a million monkeys typing long enough would produce Shakespeare, but I don’t think people realize the fact that a million monkeys did produce Shakespeare. …

Acting In Contradiction To Your Beliefs

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Have you ever found yourself acting in complete contradiction to your own beliefs? This is the important question in a theory of mind called Cognitive Dissonance. This article is really …

When Others Try and Stifle Dreams

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Optimism is a wonderful thing when following your dreams and it’s important to remember that that voice can get drowned out by certain forces that would have you deviate from …

Do You Feel Motivated in Your Marriage?

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

If you’ve followed my blog for the past couple weeks you’ve noticed quite a few “Therapist in the Wild” videos. These videos are general rules, packaged in a short format, …
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Recommended Meditation – Through 4 States of Consciousness

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

As I’ve done this meditation through each of the eight chakras, I’ve found that the different states have unique flavors, except that nothingness—Causal consciousness or sunyata—always feels the same. I mentioned this to Ken Wilber once when I was visiting him in Denver. He was escorting me down the hall and, when I asked him about it, he stopped, smiled, and said, “Each chakra is different, but pure emptiness is always the same—pure emptiness.”
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The Danger of Sexual Addiction and What To Do If You're a Sex Addict

In General by Dr. Keith Witt

Patric Carnes is the father of the sex addiction and recovery movement. His book, Out of the Shadows shines a light on compulsive sexuality as a destructive force that can demolish individuals and devastate families. Modern American culture finally understands that compulsive sexual acting out exists and is a problem very much like alcoholism, drug addiction, and compulsive gambling—but not exactly.