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December 4, 2019

Whether it is a commitment between lovers or the vows of marriage, infidelity represents the betrayal to be faithful to a sexual partner. Upwards of 90% of people surveyed say that believe infidelity is unacceptable. Despite this, cheating is far more common than you might think. Because many people don’t want to confess, even on an anonymous survey, it is hard to get reliable statistics on cheating. Estimates are that between 20-35% of men and 10-25% of women are unfaithful at some point over their lifetime.

How infidelity is defined also varies greatly. Some view flirting, too much interest in another person’s social media, or too much emotional sharing to be forms of infidelity. In fact, women are often more concerned about emotional involvement, while men focus more in sexual activity as the main concern. One survey revealed that 60% of people believe an emotional affair constitutes infidelity.

There are a number of reasons behind cheating. Some people have low levels of commitment and seek variety or take advantage of a situational opportunity. Others feel it may increase their self-esteem to be desired and sought after. Some seek sexual variety to alleviate feeling unsatisfied with their sex life, however, the number one reason people chea

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November 19, 2019

Most people are familiar with what it means to be an introvert as opposed to an extrovert. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung first described these personality traits in the early 1920’s and they have been studied extensively since. Extroverts tends to be more social, outgoing, and draw energy from being with others. Introverts prefer smaller groups, one on one, and recharge from having their down time and alone time. Most people fall somewhere on the spectrum and may lean more on one side or the other. That said, there are some who refer to themselves as ambiverts who feel they truly fall right in the middle.

As with all things, there are pros and cons to different styles. Many extroverts may excel in social arenas and occupations such as sales, politics, and entertainment. Most extroverts are good with communication, expressing themselves and connecting with others. They also tend to be on the go and enjoy doing things, getting things done, and often have leadership skills and abilities. They are also risk takers and tend have more friends. On the other hand, they tend to get bored easily, struggle to be alone, and may have a tough time with introverts. Some studies show extroversion has also been linked to antisocial behaviors. They may struggle to work independently and have a hard time saying “No

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November 4, 2019

It is estimated that 34 million Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult that is 50 or more years old. 66% of caregivers are women. Being a caregiver might include tasks such as shopping, providing transportation, or help with cleaning, or could be much more involved and include grooming, bathing, managing finances, feeding, or assistance with dressing and toileting. Although most people willingly become caregivers and find much reward in being able to help care for the ones they love, it does not come without a price. The toll is physical, mental, and emotional for most caregivers, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. They often feel like they are on call 24/7 and end up neglecting themselves in the process of being a caregiver. Compounding this stress for many is the sad reality of watching loved ones slowly deteriorate despite all your efforts.

It is vital to get the physical and emotional support you need as a caregiver, or you run the risk of becoming susceptible to any number of problems. Some of the common signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout include: feeling anxious, depressed, irritable, fatigued, troubled sleep, poor concentration, feelings of resentment, neglecting your own responsibilities, low energy, increased drinking or smoking, and less engagement with your friends and hobb

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October 22, 2019

Many people have endured difficult, painful, and traumatic events or experiences in their lives. For many the mental and emotional fallout is long lasting and dramatically interferes with normal functioning. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a specialized type of psychotherapy that helps people heal from these experiences in a fraction of the time of traditional therapy. Research studies find that 72% of combat vets and people with multiple or repeated trauma no longer met criteria for PTSD after just 6-12 sessions of EMDR. Over the past 25 years there are millions of people who have received successful treatment with EMDR.

EMDR is generally an eight-phase treatment process. During the intake, your clinician gets a thorough history and begins to identify traumatic memories to target. Prior to tackling any trauma, your therapist will help work on teaching new strategies and methods for coping with emotional and mental stress. When ready to tackle some of the traumatic memories, some parts of the session will include eye movements (or some bilateral stimulation). Experts believe this activity is connected to biological mechanisms in the REM sleep that facilitate the processing of disturbing memories and feelings. Many people feel EMDR helps them get “unstuck” so they can heal a

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October 8, 2019

I.P.C. comes directly to you. We are proud to offer tele-therapy services to clients seeking help who may not be able to make it to our clinic. You can access care from the comfort of your home, office, college dorm, or any secure location. I.P.C. is using the On-Call Health video platform which can be used from any device or mobile phone. On-Call Health uses an encrypted platform and meets all HIPAA standards for security and confidentiality.

Who is Tele-Therapy for?

  • Clients with schedules that are too busy to get away from the office
  • Clients with medical conditions preventing you from getting to our office
  • Couples or families who struggle to find times that work for everyone
  • Clients that simply prefer to do therapy from home
  • Clients who run into childcare, work conflicts, car problems, or weather concerns
  • Clients living in rural areas with limited services
  • Students going away to college somewhere in Minnesota
  • Clients with travel anxiety or agoraphobia

How Does it Work?

Simply contact our office to schedule your online tele-therapy session. You will re

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September 23, 2019

Spending and shopping are very socially acceptable in our society and advertisers work hard to convince us that buying things will make us happy. Many people are prone to social comparison and there is an allure to wanting what you see others have. Frankly for many, their possession become a measure of their self-esteem. Because of this thinking and mentality our culture abides by, it is only a small step further for those people with addictive personalities and tendencies to cross the line and develop a spending addiction. Although there is no official diagnosis for spending addiction and many experts disagree about whether it is a real disorder, it has been recognized as far back as the early 19th century. It is estimated that about 6% of the population may have a spending addiction, which often starts in their teens or early adulthood. With the advent of online shopping, spending is increasingly more available, accessible, and anonymous. We’ve seen increases in other behavioral addictions such as sex addiction, gaming, and gambling which have all flourished on the internet.

At present there is no unified set of symptoms or criteria for spending addiction, but we will discuss the common features and traits, many of which overlap with traditionally recognized addictions. Often, we see pe

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September 10, 2019

The idea of confidence basically comes down to believing in one’s self, abilities, judgments, and one’s ability to be successful. It also suggests a degree of being humble, for having too much confidence can tend to come off as arrogant and cocky. All people deal with moments and periods where they lack confidence, such as trying something new or where the stakes might be high. For many people however, they feel plagued by regular and routine insecurity, low self-esteem, and self-doubt.

Research finds a lot of benefits that come with having self-confidence. As a group, people who feel self-confident tend to feel a greater sense of happiness in their lives. Those with self-confidence tend to be in better physical health, have better social lives, have greater self-efficacy which is the ability be successful with tasks, coping, and problem solving. Self-confidence also seems to serve as a protective factor against mental health issues and social problems. Long term studies have found that kids with high self-confidence tend to be better in school and have high job satisfaction later in life. In short, self-confidence appears to produce greater self-esteem, freedom from self-doubt, more energy and motivation, greater social friendships and interaction, freedom from fear and anxiety, and a more global

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August 28, 2019

There is no unified definition of a workaholic, but there is a profile and we will discuss some of the features and characteristics common to being a workaholic. Many of these types of people regularly find themselves working 50 or more hours a week and feel compelled to stay busy and productive. This pattern of being in the world is often passed down within in families. Some people become workaholics to cope with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Excessive productivity or earnings are an attempt to compensate for not feeling good enough. Often there are perfectionistic standards and expectations that the person holds or grew up with.

Unfortunately for the person, being a workaholic is one “addiction” that our society reinforces and encourages. Employers benefit greatly and often others are encouraging and supportive of such effort so there is an inherent benefit to engaging in this type of behavior. The danger of this pattern is that there is a finite amount of time and energy to go around in any person’s life. When we become unbalanced but vesting too much time and energy into any area of our life, this inevitably means that other areas will suffer and be neglected. Often family and friends complain about not having enough time with the person. They may end up neglecting their physical he

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August 14, 2019

Bullying is when one person targets another person is smaller, younger, or weaker and tries to harm or humiliate them. Between 25-30% of students report being bullied. With many schools having anti-bullying initiatives and lower tolerance for such behavior, more bullying has moved to the internet in various social media outlets.

Many bullies lack parental consistency for normal aggression during ages 2 to 3 and these behaviors were never really curbed or corrected. They lack social skills, have little anxiety, and usually don’t understand how others feel. They struggle to interpret social exchanges and read aggression when there usually isn’t any and react aggressively. Bullies usually pick certain types of people to target. People who are bullied share some common traits and characteristics that include: being small in size, overweight, new to a school, dress differently, are unassertive, less popular, depressed or anxious, or may be annoying to others to name just a few.

The impact of bullying is difficult and sometimes long lasting. Most victims feel intense fear, anxiety, shame, humiliation, sadness, depression, stress and their concentration are affected. Many feel isolated, alienated, loss of self-esteem, decline in school performances, mi

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July 17, 2019

Most people are not sure if they have ever had a panic attack, until they hear exactly what they are. Many people have experienced heightened levels of anxiety at various times in their life, but panic attacks bring it to the highest level and are very alarming. Panic attacks are typically triggered by intense worry or anxiety, but end up triggering a severe physical reaction. Most describe a feeling of losing control or wonder if they are having a heart attack.

Symptoms of a panic attack often feel like they hit suddenly, without warning, and seemingly out of nowhere. A panic attack may last for five minutes or as long as a half hour, but become very intense within minutes. Symptoms can include: racing heart, chest pains, sweats, shakes, chills, nausea, light headedness, shortness of breath, a sense of doom or dying, hot flashes, or headaches. Given the intensity of them, many people begin to develop a fear or anxiety about experiencing another one, which can create a snowball effect or even cause people to avoid going out for fear of having one in public situations.

Although there is no known cause for panic attacks, some research points to genetics, environmental stressors, experience of traumatic events, and struggles with generalized anxiety. W

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