Dr. Mary Kennedy

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THE KEY TO BREAKING BAD HABITS

Which bad habit would you like to break? Spending too much time on the internet, smoking, over-eating, excessive drinking, spending too much, or gambling? Bad habits form as a reaction to stressful live events and once established, they can be difficult to break. Here are some common sense solutions to help you get to the root of the problem. Identify what triggers your habit. Are you constantly stressed, over-scheduled and on edge? Bad habits often make their appearance during troubling times....more

A Psychologist's Guide to Crooks, Creeps and Con Artists

Is your boyfriend suffering from the dreaded Jekkyl and Hyde syndrome? Does he appear to be Mr. Nice Guy before suddenly morphing into a monster?Here's a typical scenario. When you first meet him, he's every woman's dream: charming, caring and so sensitive, he could probably watch a Lifetime movie marathon without grabbing the remote. But after a few weeks, he's become a predator, a born manipulator. Why didn't you see it coming? The problem may be you! Did you ignore some red flags along the way?Here a few warning signs, some red flags to get you started....more

HOW TO SPOT A SOCIOPATH, PART TWO

More red flags!Red Flag He's convinced he's smarter than you. One well-known drug dealer told me he made more in a week than I made in a year. (Sadly, this was probably true). I reminded him that he was the one sitting in handcuffs in an orange jumpsuit, serving eight to ten in a maximum security prison....more
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HOW TO SPOT A SOCIOPATH, PART ONE

  My clients often ask me to describe a "sociopath" and how they can learn how to spot one. What they're really asking is: how can I protect myself from one? Here are a few issues that should set off alarm bells. If your partner (or would-be partner) displays any of these traits, run the other way. Don't hesitate, don't prevaricate, it's time to get out of Dodge. ...more

How To Break Bad Habits

Which bad habit would you like to break? Spending too much time on the internet, smoking, over-eating, excessive drinking, spending too much, or gambling? Bad habits form as a reaction to stressful life events and once established, they can be difficult to break. Here are some common sense solutions to help you get to the root of the problem. ...more

Quick and Easy Ways to Beat Stress

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Over seventy-five percent of my patients admit to being “overworked, stressed-out and frazzled” when they appear for an initial evaluation. Their stressors may differ—financial problems, lack of job satisfaction, relationship issues, attaining work-life balance—but the core elements remain the same. ...more

I Can't Resist a Mystery with a Cat

  Jugs, a cat with gleaming green eyes who can broadcast his thoughts to his guardian. Bingo, a chubby feline based on the author's adored cat, Boomerang. Miss Marple, a savvy cat who enjoys napping in the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore. Merlot, Chablis and Syrah, three delightful felines who star in the Cats in Trouble series....more
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Why Writers Need to be Resilient

“When the going gets tough, the tough keep going.” This is the Cliff Notes version of a concept known as “resiliency,” the ability to bounce back fast from adversity and reclaim your equilibrium. As a practicing clinical psychologist, I try to build resiliency in my clients, teaching them the skills they need to withstand the inevitable stresses and disappointments of daily life....more

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Dazzling window displays, merry Santas and chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? Now that Christmas and Hannukah are nearly upon us, many people find themselves struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Instead of experiencing joy, they’re plunged into a state of near despair as they try to navigate elaborate family dinners, frenzied gift-giving and a numbing round of social events....more

How to Manage Holiday Stress

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