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Texting and Dating Etiquette: The Psychology Behind Texting Back

Texting and Dating Etiquette: The Psychology Behind Texting Back

The Psychology Behind Texting Back Recommended listening: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) – Backstreet Boys “Don’t leave me hangin’ here forever” The three dots and screenshots. Navigating the rules of texting and dating is one of the less fun aspects of dating in the 21st century. I can remember the anticipation I felt waiting...

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Flipping the Script on Teenage Troubles

Flipping the Script on Teenage Troubles

When you think about teenagers, what crosses your mind? Impulsive, moody, rebellious, stressed, hormonal, irrational? Those descriptors can be pretty accurate. Did creative, energetic, compassionate, funny, social, expressive, innovative, idealistic, or adventurous come to mind, too? Adults often assume the worst when it comes to teenage behavior. It’s true, the teen years are not without...

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Stressed? Remember: You Always Have Your Breath!

Stressed? Remember: You Always Have Your Breath!

The Importance of Breathing I’ve lost many skills from my days as choir and theater nerd, but I’ve retained the most important things: a triple time step and the art of breathing. Unknowingly, I was trained in a ritual that’s an effective yet often forgotten coping tool we can access in our most stressful moments....

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Body Image in the Teenage Years

Body Image in the Teenage Years

It’s unavoidable… The awkward process of growing into one’s adult body is a visible transformation. Unfortunately, this transformation becomes the subject matter of comments about teen girls. Some classics: “You’re growing into a beautiful young lady.” “She’s going to be trouble for her parents.” “How will you find a date who’s taller than you?” “Looks like...

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Parent and Teen Communication: It’s Complicated…

Parent and Teen Communication: It’s Complicated…

In 6th grade, I was probably too old for a father-daughter dance… I know I was a lousy date that evening, compared to my younger sister who smiled her way through the night. I pouted as we got ready for the church dance, telling my dad that the gold “E” initial necklace he gave me...

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Stuck in a Summer Slump? Coping With Summer Blues

Stuck in a Summer Slump? Coping With Summer Blues

It’s officially the first day of summer… The season of fun, freedom, and carefree living. The countdown to summer begins as soon as we ring in the new year, anticipation building until the final bell of the school year. Beach trips and pool days promise a sparkly highlight reel to share with friends in the...

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How Do I Overcome Impostor Syndrome?

How Do I Overcome Impostor Syndrome?

What Is Impostor Syndrome? “I’m not supposed to be here. I’m a fraud.” It’s the sentiment casting a shadow over the bright ambitions of young professionals, college and graduate students, artists, performers, and interns everywhere. As graduation season concludes and a new generation of professionals launch their careers, some will be oriented to this phenomenon...

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Self-Care for the Selfie Generation

Self-Care for the Selfie Generation

Stress. Drama. Fatigue. Hours of homework. Work. Practice. Rehearsal. College applications… Being a teenager is hard work. I have listened to young women share the common struggle to balance increased responsibility and expectations for high performance. Many teen girls are adept at bearing the stress of adolescence with a smile. Some may be thriving on...

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Meet Authentic: From Hooking-Up to Finding Love

Meet Authentic: From Hooking-Up to Finding Love

Is dating dead? That’s the popular question from those seeking to understand hookup culture and the technologically-driven, casual romantic meet-up. Young adults are taking their time to commit to long-term relationships (LTRs), a phenomenon characteristic of the new developmental period of emerging adulthood. This extended period allows for individuals to explore relationship preferences and enjoy...