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Emotional Health

Giving Thanks: The Power of Gratitude

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Whether in terms of enhancing mental health or preventing mental illness, gratitude is one of life’s most vitalizing ingredients. Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting positive effects in a person’s life.
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Emotional Health

Understanding Fear of Crowds

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
“I am a married 52-year-old woman. For many years I have been afraid of crowded places such as stores, malls, and theaters. In the aftermath of 9/11, things got much worse. It seemed as if all my worst fears were coming true. What can I do?”
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Emotional Health · Family & Friends

A Grandmother’s Worries

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Fears of war have always been present. But today there are several worries that are entirely new. Though we always feared we might destroy each other, the idea that we might destroy our planet is a fairly new one. What kind of future will our young people inherit?
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Emotional Health

How to Understand Hate

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The origins of hatred and its ability to spread as if the Devil had tossed a cigarette into dried underbrush is a subject that has preoccupied psychologists, sociologists, and historians for much of the last 70 years.
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