"children whose behavior is largely dependent on a strict regimen of dos and don'ts will base their own self-worth on whether or not they have obeyed the rules put into place by their parents. As well, this emphasis on cause and consequence hinders a child's natural ability to make choices—choices that may have a direct impact on his or her self-esteem." Dr. Jeff Nalin
The approaches toward life that are developed during childhood and adolescence tend to stick. Thanks to mechanisms such as synaptic pruning and parallel distributed processing, what we learn during these formative years can provide the basis of how we perceive life as adults. This phenomenon is what makes the issue of bullying in schools so imperative to address. Both the bullies, and the victims, are developing habits and patterns that will produce a lasting effect on their quality of life.
"In periods of severe stress, our body’s defense mechanism kicks in by activating our natural fight-or-flight response, which triggers a host of emotional and physical reactions." Dr. Jeff Nalin
“For many people, the holiday period is associated with financial woes, social pressures, tight work deadlines and shopping burdens, among others. The season may also be difficult for those who have suffered the loss of a friend or family member, or those who may be geographically separated from loved ones.” Dr. Jeff Nalin
“Enjoyable activities, such as binge-watching, trigger the release of dopamine, our brain’s feel-good hormones. When these pleasure signals are on, we are less likely to disengage and stop what we’re doing. In fact, the addictive nature of binge-watching is comparable to a drug high, and as a result, we find ourselves consistently seeking the dopamine rush that makes us feel so good.” Dr. Jeff Nalin
"Often old labels and actions resurface, creating uncomfortable moments of tension," Jeff Nalin, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of the Paradigm Malibu Treatment Center, told POPSUGAR. "When this happens, a well-thought-out strategy will help prevent the problem from escalating."
“As with any relationship dysfunction, the problem arises when both parties are not on the same page. When one desires intimate connection, and the other is desiring to continually search the internet, play on an app, or update social media, the relationship suffers." — Dr. Jeff Nalin
Dr. Jeff Nalin argued that “social media can cause depression and other problems,” including decreased social skills, cyberbullying and pressure to fit in among peers.
"The passion for your business can drive you on, but that passion needs to be tempered through diligent, purposeful, effort toward maintaining a healthy balance of personal and business life. The following are seven tips to apply in your efforts to maintain mental and emotional wellness as an entrepreneur." Dr. Jeff Nalin in CEO Blog Nation
"...They [teens] are expected to do what they are told, while also being expected to act autonomously and responsibly. These opposing forces of expectation are occurring as the teens also struggle to define who they are, and to determine how their lives are going to progress. It is little wonder that they are prone to experience anxiety during this transition period." Dr. Jeff Nalin in Resources to Recover
Children who receive constant, empty praise will lack the motivation to push their limits and go beyond what is expected of them. They also develop a false sense of validation, which Nalin says, collapses when challenges arise.
“As an entrepreneur, the absolute avoidance of stress is an impossibility. It is similar to conducting a one-man band, with the business owner having the sole responsibility for keeping all aspects of the machine running at once. One important aspect overlooked, and the whole orchestration can end up out of sync. The magnitude of such responsibility can spur us on toward greatness, but it can also result in severe burnout.” says Dr. Jeff Nalin to Home Business Mag.
“Interacting with a pet can have positive effects on both our mental and physical health. When we spend time with a pet, our brain releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for our mood. Elevated levels of oxytocin are beneficial as they lower cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase our happiness and craving for social bonding. “— Dr. Jeff Nalin
“Losing ourselves in a pleasurable activity has a calming effect, which strengthens our sense of well-being and feelings of self-worth,” says Dr. Jeff Nalin, founder and executive director of the Paradigm Malibu Treatment Center.
"A good business plan provides the best start, but avoiding excessive stress and burnout is what will sustain you over the long haul." Dr. Jeff Nalin in Young Upstarts.
"As enthusiastic as you may be about keeping the business afloat, it’s a fact that humans have a limited amount of resources available. When the demands upon us begin to exceed the energy levels that we have, we experience stress." Dr. Jeff Nalin in 360 Magazine.
"When our bodies are subjected to chronic stress — whether physical, emotional, or nutritional — over prolonged periods of time, they become a target for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease,” Dr. Jeff Nalin, PsyD, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder and executive director at Paradigm Malibu Treatment Center, tells SheKnows.
We can’t protect our children from experiencing grief,” Jeff Nalin, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, tells SheKnows. “but we can equip them with coping tools and strategies to help them handle loss, now and well into the future.”
“Ignoring the red flags is dangerous because most of the time, those who committed suicide had, in fact, mentioned their plans or feelings to someone beforehand.” Dr. Jeff Nalin tells Reader's Digest.
“Whatever the problem, whether it’s an argument with a friend or a missed school assignment deadline, parents should take a step back and allow their child to deal with the challenge and search for a solution,” suggests Dr. Jeff Nalin to SheKnows.
“In today’s age, an increasing number of adoptions are somewhat open, meaning there’s some level of communication between the child and birth parent(s),” Dr. Jeff Nalin tells Parentology.
“It's important for us to transform these toxic thought patterns into positive ones. Instead, we should tell ourselves things like, ‘I am deserving, and with some perseverance I will find the solution,’ or ‘My efforts will lead to success.’ Shifting our mind-set will help us build resilience and drive us toward positive action.” Dr. Jeff Nalin in PureWow.
“It’s natural to become reclusive, but while this may feel comforting at times, it will only slow down the healing process. Instead, seek support from a trusted friend, family member or counselor.” Dr. Jeff Nalin in PureWow.
"When a child is settling in well at school, he or she tends to be motivated, upbeat, and expresses excitement about the next school day," Dr. Jeff Nalin says. "Children adjusting well exude confidence and often act independently, needing no coaxing to get ready for school."
“While genuinely caring for others is an admirable trait, people-pleasing goes one step further, resulting in behaviors that may be detrimental to both our mental and physical health,” Dr. Jeff Nalin in Fast Company.
"When we over-text our partners, we can stifle them and also interrupt their work or personal time, creating a feeling of being smothered." Dr. Jeff Nalin in Bustle.
“While the college atmosphere often encourages partying, students who do so excessively can be led to high-risk behaviors, mental health problems and depression,” says Dr. Jeff Nalin in Good Housekeeping
"Most people protect themselves to some extent unconsciously so they do not readily reveal everything about themselves," Dr. Jeff Nalin, PsyD tells Bustle.
"Dependent on the person, animals have been shown to improve mood, help regulate their emotions, assist those who have difficulty bonding with others, and in a more general sense, serve to open up guarded or skeptical people to the idea that therapy can actually be a tool for change" Dr. Jeff Nalin in Bustle
"Couples often have different views about how money should be managed and if money is tight, the stress can be overwhelming causing couples to lash out at each other," Dr. Jeff Nalin in Bustle.
Dr. Jeff Nalin notes that there are multiple health benefits to volunteering, including a decrease in blood pressure and the chances of developing a chronic disease, which in turn could potentially help you live longer.
"When we interact with our partner, it is similarly important that we do more than just let the words hit our ears.” - Dr. Jeff Nalin tells Hitched Mag that being mindful of your relationship can be an active and passive way to head off any oncoming issues.
Long hours behind the wheel, concerns about job security and finances, and a lack of time with family and friends can contribute to mental health issues for truckers.
The downside to being an entrepreneur is that, when the chips are down, all pressure is on us. Entrepreneurs can often find themselves playing much more than the role of a genius business creator. They can also end up wearing hats such as accountant; secretary; customer service agent; program manager; and product manufacturer. These multiple roles, combined with the stress of needing our creation to shine, can take a toll on our mental and physical health.
“Each personality type brings something different to the table. Where one is weak, the other is strong. The magic happens when people stop focusing on the disparities, and choose instead to appreciate each other’s innate skills and personality traits,” - Dr. Jeff Nalin
“When we connect with a cause that we feel passionate about, we can help make the world a better place while reaping the benefits,” Dr. Jeff Nalin tells SheKnows.
Would you respond to an employment posting which lists, “lack of sleep, poor working conditions, and social isolation” as the job characteristics? If so, you might be prepared to be a long-haul truck driver.
There is little more exciting than launching our own business. From sharing the first conceptions of the idea with friends; to spending hour upon hour, finishing up that massive business plan; to picking out a name and getting that first business license, the process has a lot in common with pregnancy and childbirth. And, like raising a child, caring for our business-baby is a long term investment.
"In the early stages, it's important to let your authentic self shine through while being courteous, kind, and thoughtful," - Dr. Jeff Nalin
“Studies have indicated that practicing gratitude has numerous benefits, including optimizing our cardiac health, reducing anxiety and depression, as well as sharpening our brain function and giving us peace of mind,” says Dr. Jeff Nalin to Oprah Magazine.
"Being emotionally or psychologically resilient reflects our ability to cope with life's many stressors, roadblocks, and changes," Dr. Jeff Nalin, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist, tells Bustle.
"Typically, those with high-functioning anxiety have multiple symptoms of chronic anxiety but can carry out their daily functions, often without coming across as anxious to friends, co-workers, and family," Dr. Jeff Nalin, PsyD
Jeff Nalin was recently published in The Dogington post where he discusses that in addition to physicians prescribing animal companions for physical conditions, therapists are increasingly recommending that animals be considered as part of a mental and emotional support system.
Dr. Jeff Nalin is published in Home Business Magazine where he speaks about protecting your mental health as an entrepreneur.
Dr. Jeff Nalin is published in Budget Earth where he speaks about having the proper knowledge for supporting your teen's emotional health.
The holidays are about being with your loved ones and celebrating with friends and family. But this time of the year can also be challenging for people who have experienced a recent loss, who aren’t close with their family or who may be going through a divorce or breakup. Simply put, the jolly season can feel incredibly isolating for some.
"One of the key factors in determining whether you're spending too much time online is checking to see if your behavior interferes with other areas of your life," - Dr. Jeff Nalin discussing using the new screen time tools to cut back on social media.
Protecting ourselves from workplace stress: The rule for managing stress is to love yourself, first. Make sure that you are spending a small amount of time, each day, doing something that you enjoy.
Dr. Nalin of Paradigm explains the connection between the time teens spend online, the activities they do online, and their self-esteem. He also gives powerful advice for parents on how to teach teens healthy and safe use of technology.
Dr. Jeff Nalin, clinical director of Paradigm Malibu, was quoted on Forbes.com. In the article, Dr. Nalin explains how important it is to always keep the parents involved, no matter what aspect of the teen’s life.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announced its 2016 longlist. Among the list of 20 books is Ruby by Cynthia Bond, Paradigm’s therapeutic writing instructor. Congrats Cynthia!
“When somebody doesn’t want to give up their phone, they feel like their whole world is imploding,” he says. “These kids use devices as a coping mechanism because they’re feeling crappy about themselves. But you’re sticking a cork in a volcano. At some point it’s going to blow.” Nalin says the focus of the treatment is to help afflicted teens find a healthy balance of screen time. “There’s really no way to be ‘device-free’ anymore,” he says. “You can’t just stick your head in the sand and say, ‘Don’t use the device.’”
- Dr. Jeff Nalin in Variety.com.
"There is a direct correlation between an out of control physical state and a business that is out of control. Entrepreneurs that focus on their bodies are more likely to lead successful companies." - Jeff Nalin featured on INC.com.
Paradigm’s therapeutic writing instructor and author of Ruby, Cynthia Bond, opens up about her personal battle with mental illness on Oprah.com and provides hope for others with mental health disorders.
In an article on Men’s Health about the pursuit of happiness, Dr. Jeff Nalin asked what he believe creates happiness. Nalin explained, “Having insights into our own emotional material is very important, however, the thing that propels our sense of self forward is sharing those insights with people in an authentic and genuine way. When people do that, they’re showing the world who they are and taking those reactions as information to move the development of identity forward. This is how you develop the sense of being comfortable in your own skin. This is what reduces anxiety. This is what lifts depression. All by enabling you to feel competent in the world.” Read the full article to learn about one particular formula for personal happiness.