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The Benefits of Mentalization for Empathy and Relationships

Mentalization is a skill that helps us understand why people do what they do, and helps us become more aware of how other people's thoughts, feelings, and ideas differ from our own. The result? We foster empathy, and build stronger, more resilient relationships! Clinical psychologist Maggie Harris shows us how the practice of mentalization works,...
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The pitfalls of people-pleasing, and what to do instead

Typically in relationships we want our interactions to go smoothly, but at times this might mean that we are tempted to go outside of our comfort zone to please others, often at the expense of ourselves! Fortunately, it is possible to connect with others without sacrificing our own needs. Clinical psychologist Dr Tobey Mandel helps...
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How to use emotional validation to support your teen

In her well-explained and beautifully written blog, Connecte Montreal Psychology therapist and PhD Student Margarita Miseros walks us through the steps of a recipe for using emotional validation that will help parents and teens handle big emotions.
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To Parents of Young Children – We Wish You a Merry Holiday Season

For parents of young children, the holiday period can mean stress and overwhelm from family dynamics, seasonal responsibilities, and the pressure to create a magical experience for the little ones. Dr Jessica Corbeil shares some science-backed tools and advice to help parents navigate this demanding time and foster a harmonious holiday season for themselves and...
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I failed….$%*!

In this eye-opening blog, Connecte clinical psychologist Dr Amber Labow explains how common cognitive biases that can fuel our fear of failure, and looks at ways we can move away from mindsets created by those biases... and embrace failure instead! Read on and find out why.
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Accepting Our Parents

Dr. Simcha Samuel invites us to take a thoughtful look at ways our past experience informs our present, and how recognizing and accepting our own parents' fallibility can help us more fully accept ourselves in our own roles as parents.
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Emotional Validation vs. Gratitude: Are They Incompatible?

When faced with a situation where our feelings are mixed, emotional validation and gratitude are two responses that can be seemingly at odds...but are they really? Therapist and PhD/PsyD Candidate Nada Kadhim explores how the two can actually go hand in hand to reflect a truer, more helpful understanding of the emotions we experience.
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Time for change: thriving through stressful academic transitions

For many, summer represents a stress-free pause before getting back to the regularly scheduled program. However, for some, the summer before a major transition is rife with anticipatory stress. Dr. Stephanie Correia introduces a few key points to consider if you are supporting a student or if you are navigating an academic transition yourself!
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Punishment: why do we use it and what can we do instead?

Many of us come from an upbringing where punishments were common, and we have been taught that using punishments is the main way to discipline a child or correct behaviour. But is it really the best way? Dr. Vanessa Kurdi want us to reconsider what we know and think more deeply about why we reach...
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How Do I Respond To My Child’s Worries?

How best to respond when your child feels anxious or worried? Should you crack a joke to distract them? Reassure and say there’s nothing to worry about? Protect them from the source of their distress by avoiding it? Intuition often leads us in those directions, but the best strategies may be ones that help our...
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