Posts by Kristen Beau

5 Psychology Podcasts to Expand Your Mind

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5 Psychology Podcasts to Expand Your Mind

The best part about podcasts, beyond that they are FREE and insightful, is that you can listen to them on your phone, in the car, or on your computer.  Here are my top 5 to broaden your mind.  Take a listen: 5.) THE PSYCHOLOGY PODCAST, by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman iTunes – Dr. Scoot Barry Kaufman provides insights into the mind, brain, behavior, and creativity as he interviews psychologists, researchers, and neuroscientists. Tune in for episodes like “Learning How to Learn”, “What It’s Like to Be a Psychopath”, and finding “Spectacular Ability in a Sea of Disability”. 4.) HAPPIER, by Gretchen...

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A New Addiction Center in Vail, Colorado

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A New Addiction Center in Vail, Colorado

Oh, the irony of addiction and stigma. To make a successful camping fire you have to kindle the wood appropriately.  One of the biggest challenges I see in addiction is facing and overcoming stigma.  Stigma’s are beliefs imposed by friends, family, and communities onto others.  Ironically, stigma’s are precisely what fuel addiction.  Stigma’s kindle addiction.  Some of the stigma’s I see everyday include:  Addiction is a character flaw Addiction is a weakness “Why don’t they just stop drinking?” Addiction only happens to a lower socioeconomic level...

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Puppy Life Wisdom

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Puppy Life Wisdom

            “I’ll Tell You” said Tele You mean the moon to me, the way you bright the dark. The unconditional welcoming, stamping its infinite mark.   You mean the sun to me, the way you heat my soul. That shag, that wag, evaporating life’s toll.   You’ve encouraged me To…Tell my truth maybe without couth To…Laugh at missteps To…Dream the undreamable unthinkable dream To…Dance and nap and sing To…Cry without reservation because there is no preservation To…Listen, pause and then react as life’s fact To…Jump and smell and fall and yell Because this is...

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Poems as Medicine

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Poems as Medicine

            The world exists, and as I often tell my clients, we have to awkwardly learn how to navigate our long legs along sidewalks, people, places and things. It is difficult at times, and with certainty we trip on cracks and skip over them too. Life is both terrifying and magnificent. Poetry is a creative avenue that captures the juxtaposition of life’s awkwardness in a condensed form. They can be a very powerful way to connect to the experience of life either by writing them or reading them.  They are medicine. Here are a few of my favorite poems: By...

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FREEDOM, This video made me cry!

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FREEDOM, This video made me cry!

FREEDOM Sipping my cuppa Joe this snowy Wednesday morning, preparing for another long day in the office, I remembered a video one of my clients suggested I watch. I watched. I cried…and now I am writing.   The pace of life today is unfounded in history: social media, faster cars, and electronics galore at a wink of an eye. This speed is creating inertia. People are tired, stressed, confused, and numbed. Have our iPhones and Facebooks tricked our minds to thinking we don’t have FREEDOM? FREEDOM to choose if we are going to turn right or left? FREEDOM to make ourselves better or bitter?...

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