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Building Bridges

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Aug 27, 2011

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”~Joseph Fort Newton

It’s a gray morning. Another relationship has just ended and she sits alone, wondering why. Why is she always the one to leave?

She runs away from love the way a child runs from a bee’s sting. She hates being alone but is stuck in a destructive pattern where she creates her own loneliness. She builds walls to protect her but the walls prevent love from getting in.

When will she learn to build a bridge?

Bridges do more than to connect. They help us surmount obstacles and reach places... (more)

Tags: relationships, building bridges, fear of intimacy

Where Does Creativity Come From?

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Aug 4, 2011

“Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known.”~Loris Malaguzzi

Creativity is valuable and has been studied over the years. It’s the phenomenon of making novel associations and creating something new and original.Creativity has been present in several disciplines that include science, mathematics, education, philosophy, psychology, sociology and technology. Most people associate creativity with the fields of art and literature.

Ludwig Lewisohn... (more)

Tags: creativity, the creative mind, tapping into your creative soul

The Games People Play

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jul 13, 2011

John Lennon wrote a song about it; suspense thriller novels have been based on it; even romantic comedies poke fun at it. Let’s face it: we all could be cast on Survivor; Redemption Island, in the way we play games with one another.

Dr. Eric Berne (1910-1970), a Canadian-born psychiatrist, developed Transactional Analysis. This is a powerful tool that can be used to help an individual develop awareness and understanding behind motives and how he or she interacts with other people. This understanding leads to change: making better choices; altering responses that are counterproductive;... (more)

Tags: mind games, the blame game, the games people play

The Blues

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jul 9, 2011

Yesterday,

Field Hollers, soulful and melancholy

Emotive and rhythmic despite suffrage

Releasing pain through beautiful song

Back- breaking labor, lost love, and poverty

The strong woman learns to sing in the rain

Creating beauty where there is none

Powerful

Today,

She's standing in the food pantry line

A minstrel missing her band

Feeling forgotten, frightened, unloved

Unemployment and mounting bills play her trumpet

This Field Holler cries at night, wanting no one to hear

Powerful

Feeling... (more)

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What He Said...

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jul 6, 2011

It’s an age old dilemma; men and women communicate differently. From “Edith and Archie” (husband and wife duo from the 70's sitcom, All in the Family) to “Sammie and Ronne” (today’s reality “stars” from Jersey Shore), the way couples share information and relate to one another differs.

Do you remember the episode of Friends, where Rachel describes her first kiss with Ross to her gal pals? (If not, you can click this link to view: Friends). It's very different than the way Ross talks about the same kiss to his buddies. The funny scene hits a cord with most people because it's a "dead... (more)

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BTW: Vulnerability Is Beautiful

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jul 3, 2011

It was 4th of July weekend and plans were set. I suggested icecream; that was a “safe” bet for our first, possibly last, meeting. I opted out of Plan A: meeting him for dinner. Dining with a stranger might pose a problem.

What if my blind date looked like Jabba the Hutt, that Star Wars character?

Ice cream was smooth, easy to “suck down” and fast, but a full meal? That wasn't a safe option. If I wanted to flee The Galactic Republic and ate too fast, I’d be following dinner with the Heimlich Maneuver instead of a sweet desert. Most importantly, I didn't want to ruin a perfectly... (more)

Tags: blind dates, vulnerability, physical attraction, what is physical chemistry

Paris Anyone?

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jun 29, 2011

Who can forget the all time number one love story, Casablanca? The movie, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, was a sacrificial love story about Rick, the pessimistic nightclub owner, and Ilsa, the ex lover who broke his heart. Why did Ilsa break his heart?

And why do so many intense romances have to end in disaster?

According to Ken Page, LCSW, a New York based psychotherapist, author and lecturer specializing in the search for intimacy, it might be because we are all attracted to a particular “type” and this type may not be the best choice for us.

In Ken Page’s... (more)

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LOL: Laughter Is Good For You

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jun 22, 2011

Lu Writes is a column devoted to Cultural Psychology which looks at human experience as a matter of interaction between the world and the self.

Dr. George Boeree, a retired professor who taught personality theories (among other things) at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, defines this theory on his Social Psychology Basics page. He writes:

“Social Psychology, at its simplest, the world gives us events; we in turn give those events meaning by interpreting and acting upon them.”

Topics that fall under this umbrella make for great “water-cooler-gab” in the office. Subjects... (more)

Tags: humor, laughter, happiness and the brain, lol, social psychology

What Do The Boston Bruins Have In Common With Copperfield?

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jun 19, 2011

Do you remember the character, David Copperfield, created by Charles Dickens? In Dickens’s coming of age series, published from 1849-1850, David is the protagonist who faced a lot of adversity.

His fictional life was tragic: He was born six months after his father died; His stepfather beat him and later sent him away to boarding school where he was abused by a sadistic schoolmaster; After his mother’s death, his mean stepfather sent him to work in a warehouse, where David grew increasingly depressed…and the story goes on.

An important theme from the novel is perseverance and like... (more)

Tags: resiliency, tenacity, never say die, overcoming adversity

Anne Frank; One Remarkable girl

By Luanne Stevenson, published on Jun 10, 2011

In 2009,I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Netherlands, not once, but three times. On one of my trips, I was on a mission: I wanted to see Anne Frank's house.

It was the last day of December and the city of Amsterdam was setting up for that night's New Year’s Eve celebration. I tried to persuade my traveling companions to help me find Anne Frank's house, in my hope of “getting in”. One of my friends, born and raised in Amsterdam, was doubtful. My Dutch friend told me; “There will be a line. We’ll never get in.”

I ignored his warning and egged my pals on. Unenthusiastically,... (more)

Tags: holocaust, history, remember, anne frank, anne frank's house, the diary of anne frank, amsterdam, holland, the netherlands

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