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David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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This article on Mindfulness is very detailed and scholarly. It’s for those who want a detailed analysis of Buddha’s concept of Mindfulness from a cognitive psychology perspective. Its well worth the [read][1]. So we can adopt a definition of mindfulness as a method by which we skilfully and intentionally focus our attention on our behaviors, perceptions, feelings, thoughts, and mental phenomena in the present moment, with the right intention of purifying the mind as prescribed in the Eightfold Path.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Photo credit: Victoria Nevland Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a much misunderstood, even maligned diagnosis. Therapists and clients often dread hearing those words. My experience has been different. While I don’t deny the challenge, I find working with persons with BPD to be enjoyable and rewarding as well. The DSMIV criteria for BPD includes the following [some paraphrasing]: A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects [feelings], and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 1.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Psychology Today – Meaning of Life Blog reports on a research study documents support for a widely held assumption about mental health. “People who felt most strongly that their lives were meaningful were roughly 40% less likely to die than people who felt most strongly that their lives were meaningless. Regardless of whether people were younger or older (within the range examined in this study), male or female, depressed or not, disabled or in full physical health, high or low income, white or any other race, well-educated or not, living a meaningful, purposeful life was associated with living longer.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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I’ll be on vacation the next few days so posting will be sparse or non-existant. See you later!