Author Archives: Rose Hickman

WARNING: Being an Attorney May be Hazardous to Your (Mental) Health

So… you want to be an attorney? Great!  Most of the general population views a career in law as empowering, lucrative, rewarding, exciting, and prestigious.  Parents encourage their children to go to law school, and the profession attracts some of … Continue reading

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Are you stuck in a box?

I just heard a wonderful talk by Warren Berland about how to “get out of the box” to a freer self through a simple 2-step exercise.  You can read more about it on his website, but here is a quick … Continue reading

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Losing My Religion

There comes a time in many people’s lives when the religion of their birth no longer works for them.  Whether it is a philosophical or ethical decision, an excommunication or family issue – leaving a religion can be one of … Continue reading

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Provocateur, Mirror, Healer: how your partner can help you grow

“A person hasn’t any idea what their soul looks like until they gaze into the eyes of the person that they’re married to. And then, if they’re any kind of decent human being, they spend the next couple of days … Continue reading

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Valor: Find That Strength Inside You

Many of my posts emphasize the need for courage to grow as a person: courage to communicate directly with your mate; courage to acknowledge your weaknesses; courage to experience emotions you are afraid of…  But I think I have a better word: … Continue reading

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I Just Can’t “Get Over It”

Are you chained to your past?  Is there a traumatic memory, relationship, or series of experiences in your past you just can’t “get over”? Are you overreacting to things in the present that remind you of these past experiences? EMDR (Eye … Continue reading

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My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can give us deep insight into what is limiting our experience of joy in life, but, in my opinion, its major benefit is in TRANSFORMING us into people who can experience that joy. Insight can only go so far, … Continue reading

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Going to Therapy Shows STRENGTH – Not Weakness

A friend once told me, when I was in the midst of defending myself, to give myself “room to grow.” She was right. By insisting that I was blameless, I was ignoring the chance I had to really grow from … Continue reading

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Stay Calm When Stress or Emotions are Overwhelming: A Quick Mindfulness Trick by Rose Rigole

Overwhelming emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness, worry, stress, and regret, can be debilitating.  The more we feel, the fewer resources we seem to have to get back to our centered self.  Our natural reaction is usually to try to … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Finding Fulfillment

Feeling Stressed-Out, Overworked, and Unfulfilled? You’re not alone.  In 2009, Americans worked more hours per year on average than our Japanese counterparts and hundreds more hours than the French. These are not hours spent gossiping by the water-cooler.  Each hour … Continue reading

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