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Parisa Soltani, Author at Live Healthy

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The term codependency gets thrown around when clients come to me with their concerns around relationships. I believe the term is overused and overrated and find it an unscientific term that has the effect of further dividing people who are already lonely and disconnected. Let me explain. The concept of codependency emerged within the addiction field in the 1970’s to describe family dynamics that occurred as a result of substance misuse. However, a major flaw...

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Many of my clients know the need to move towards “self-love”. Self-love and compassion correlates with higher mental health, positive body image, emotional intelligence as well as motivation, and resilience when coping with stress. It is also frustratingly vague and impossible-seeming to many people. No wonder they have no clue how to get there. Approximately 70 percent of unprompted human thoughts are dedicated to criticizing our own inferiority. Self-criticism is an evolutionary trait to optimize survival...

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Without exception, we all are guilty to some extent of advocating for the methods and ideologies that we individually have expertise in and consequently believe in.  However, as a mental health practitioner, the burden falls on me to ensure that I am advocating for my patient, remaining vigilantly open-minded and humble enough to consider that the symptoms of my patient’s illnesses or troubles could be caused by things outside of the realm of my specific training....

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Sinister plot or a consequence of our ever-expanding desire for comfort and luxury?  Systematic infantilism refers to external agencies that systematically weaken individual self-reliability while providing all-encompassing services to make life easy and comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not someone’s sinister plot, it’s a by-product of advanced consumerism. As my mother used to say, “the best customer is a helpless customer, don’t be helpless!” From a young age I was taught about being prepared...

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Trigger warning: there is no trigger warning on this article. “…But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better”. George Orwell.  Social media dwellers, self-proclaimed gurus, influencers and therapists take the inherent murkiness of psychological and psychiatric constructs as an unspoken license for laxity in language. After all, if the central concepts are themselves ambiguous, the...

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When I started discovering that my clients suffering from depression, anxiety, memory loss and lowered attention span, I realized it was an outcome of a grander problem and began looking for causes. I found a strong relationship to content exposure on a daily basis, and that led me to develop a theory of cognitive obesity. Cognitive obesity is a product of overconsumption, or consumption that is not optimal for our requirements. It also involves a...

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How can we better integrate our brain hemispheres for a smoother transition into menopause? Science, mathematics, music, our connection to ourselves, one another and the world is being erosively compartmentalized and automated. So, what does it matter? This is welcome news if we consider the way many of us think and live. In absolutes. Increasing productivity and utility. Moving through life with pleasure or displeasure as the guide. Great news for the left hemisphere of...

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If you have found yourself lamenting why your parents or older people in your life can’t be more open to new things, it’s time to learn about cognitive dissonance. And if you are on the receiving end of this sort of sentiment, please do not take this to mean you’ve got   carte blanche to get away with being stubborn.  What we are talking about here is how we can try to find a harmonious way...