Archive | ‘Disorders’

The Power of the Moment

First and foremost, taking what I like to call a ‘Buddhist Pause’, permits us to witness our own interior processing. We can then see the patterns of thoughts and feelings flowing by as if they were ‘debris’ floating upon the stream of consciousness. We become witness the very business of being.

Secondarily, any and all opportunities to influence that internal activity exist in real time only.

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Your Mental Wherewithal

Edit and Code Thoughts? Your mind is an information management system. It can be managed. One of the most common ‘errors’ I encountered as a therapist was confusion of thoughts with emotions. I would ask, ‘how do you feel about that?‘ Someone would reply, ‘Well, I think that…’. I might ask again, ‘how do you [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Drinking Too Much Wine? Take a ‘Buddhist Pause’

Five minutes is all it takes. You may opt for ten. At the end of the day many folks ¬†look forward to a glass of wine, then perhaps a second. Roughly 50 % of folks I’ve worked with have overcome this problem simply taking what I call a ‘Buddhist Pause’. The point of the pause [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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ADD, Anxiety Disorder, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Treating our ‘modus operandi’ like an illness is one way to deal with our difficulties, but, what pathways for change does that create? Treating our ‘modus operandi’ like a temporary arrangement of functions opens up innumerable pathways for change. Your ‘modus operandi’ is one of the most fluid and dynamic systems in the world. You [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Enough with the Brain Bashing

Your brain is at all times doing it’s best on your behalf! It is a system percolating in the background making decisions on your behalf, always. You ¬†cannot control it. You have this little thing called a ‘self’ folks but your brain cares little for your conception of your self. This is the good news. [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Willing a ‘Buddhist Pause’

Mindful moments occur spontaneously. We become hyper aware. Interestingly this state of being has much in common with ADD. Our focus is not concentrated. It is diffuse. In this state we are actually aware of much more that is in play in the moment. Under all manner of circumstances this is highly functional; in a [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Fact and Fiction Floating Upon the Stream of Consciousness

Each of us sees only what we can see and thank goodness for that! We perceive only what our biological apparatus permits us to see, perhaps with some degree of augmentation. I’ve worn glasses from the ripe old age of 10. Lucky me. I grew up in a world that presented me with that option [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Mind Stuff: Chaotic or Ordered? Ordered, James Joyce Notwithstanding

At first glance ‘mind stuff’ appears chaotic. All manner of stuff can be perceived at any moment in time. All manner of stuff not perceived is also in play at any moment in time. The complexity of the stuff gives rise to the appearance of chaos when in reality thoughts, perceptions and the like are [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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