Relationship Resolutions

Posted on 01/17/13 by erynwicker No Comments

    This time of year brings about talk and setting of New Year’s resolutions. Last year my suggestion was to create simple goals that are easily accomplished and achieved. Normally, I don’t even create resolutions – I’m more of a set-a-goal-whenever-you-want-to type of person – but I thought this year I might make a set […]

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Positive Psychology and Parenting

Posted on 10/09/12 by erynwicker No Comments

Positive psychology, the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive, provides many useful tools that promote good mental health. These same tools can be used to improve parenting and provide children with the skills (namely acceptance, understanding and guidance) they need to succeed and enjoy a strong sense […]

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Positive Psychology and Helping

Posted on 10/09/12 by erynwicker No Comments

Happiness is a goal of positive psychology – should probably be for all of us too! And Positive Psychology describes several pathways—major dimensions of our lives – that get us closer to this goal. If we expand and build on each of these areas we can bring ourselves closer to that goal as each dimension […]

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Positive Psychology and Health

Posted on 10/09/12 by erynwicker No Comments

What does it actually mean to be healthy? People are constantly talking about living healthy, eating healthy, being healthy, and getting healthy. The World Health Organization defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Dr. Martin Seligman, psychologist who has pioneered the […]

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Fostering Empathy in Elementary School Aged Children

Posted on 04/22/12 by erynwicker No Comments

  Empathy: the ability to identify with, and understand another person’s feelings, situation, or motives. Humans are born with this capacity but it must be nurtured, learned, and experienced. As I wrote last week, empathy begins to grow during the preschool years. In fact, after that article, Kathy Antonio, Director of the A is for […]

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Cultivating Empathy in Pre-schoolers

Posted on 04/22/12 by erynwicker No Comments

I recently read the book The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin, which speaks to the importance of developing empathy on a community and global scale for the sake of the human race, both present and future generations. This got me thinking about how to cultivate empathy in children, from preschoolers to highschoolers, in hopes of influencing them, […]

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Thought Errors: Fortune Telling

Posted on 10/14/11 by erynwicker No Comments

From a recent series I wrote for the local paper The Chilliwack Progress on cognitive distortions. Thought Errors: Fortune Telling Last week Dr. Rob Lees provided us with an overview to our summer series on Cognitive Distortions; this week’s finds us exploring the first one in more detail: Fortune Telling. Cognitive distortions, thought errors, or as […]

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Thought Errors: Jumping to Conclusions

Posted on 10/14/11 by erynwicker No Comments

From a recent series I wrote for the local paper The Chilliwack Progress on cognitive distortions. Thought Errors: Jumping to Conclusions I failed that math test – Well, there goes my A. My child’s teacher wants to talk with me after school – What have they done now? I’m new to this school – Everyone is […]

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Thought Errors – Emotional Reasoning

Posted on 10/14/11 by erynwicker No Comments

From a series I did for the local paper The Chilliwack Progress on the various cognitive distortions. Thought Errors: Emotional Reasoning This week finds us examining another cognitive distortion or thought error in greater detail: emotional reasoning. As you might recall from the past few articles sometimes our automatic thoughts are based on irrational assumptions. […]

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Building Resiliency: Lessons from the Strong Resiliency program – Part 1

Posted on 05/07/11 by erynwicker

From a series I wrote for The Chilliwack Progress some time ago… A Primer on the Strong Resiliency Groups: lessons we could all relearn  Resiliency. Resilience. Resilient. Resile. The ability to withstand and rebound from disruptive life changes without being overwhelmed. The capacity to successfully adapt in the face of significant adversity. The capability to respond […]

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