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A dysfunctional need is a coping strategy, acting as a buffer between feeling that limiting belief. We organize our whole lives around our dysfunctional needs because we don't want to fill that limiter.

One example of a limiting belief and dysfunctional need pairing is, "I am responsible for everyone" and then the dysfunctional need that comes out of that is feeling like you, “literally have to take the reins on everything”. That one is interesting watching it play out because peoples, "I am responsible", is actually a really positive way to orient in the world and it's not that it's not, in some context, but when you feel that pressure so strongly in every facet of your life... It's going to have a really negative impact on your mental health because no one can possibly be responsible for everything and everyone.

What would you say to people who are worried that you're going to take away the good outcomes of the belief?

I would just remind them that what we're doing, is we're taking away the distress. We're not taking away the belief system and we're not taking away the functionality behind it. We're literally working with it so that it's no longer distressing in your life. So that you then have that choice of, "Is this functional for me is this a positive way to move through life?", or is this something you're doing coming from a place of distress and feeling like you need to be this way and there are no other options you.

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Reprocessing is a type of exposure therapy. There are a couple of schools of thought about how bilateral stimulation is actually working. Often we'll explain both to our clients. One way it works is just like any other exposure therapy, which we have been doing for years and years as Psychologists. The basic principle is, as opposed to being an ostrich, driving your head into the ground when something bad happens. Instead, we want to sit with that which gives us an opportunity to build up general distress tolerance skills. It also gives us the opportunity to see the reality of an unpleasant event or truth that we need to come to terms with.

The other piece is what it's actually doing in our brain. There is this theoretical view that it's helping different parts of our brain to communicate more efficiently with each other. Regardless of which theory we subscribe to or if we are into both of them, the results are always the same. It shows as good or better efficacy as just exposure therapy alone.

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"This is a fantasy novel where you are the main character" -- Dungeon Master

On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac welcomes Dr Megan Connell to discuss how tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. They discuss the importance of play at any age, and how getting together with friends to roll dice and tell stories can be fun, memorable, and even therapeutic. How memories of adventures are encoded. How past memories of adventures with friends are encoded. Even going on imaginary adventures together can cement friendship bonds! Your characters central issues or limitation is often closely related to your own personal central issues.

"Being unintentional in our lives can really lead to big problems".

Join us for one of the nerdiest episodes of the yet! If you would like to contact us, please do so via Twitter or our Contact Page. Find Registered Provisional Psychologist At Our 124th Street, Edmonton, "124 Street Shop" Location! And View His Profile Here To Find Booking Availability:* https://shiftpsych.com/team/zac-erickson

When people come into Shift we already have an idea of what is going to work. That being said we are still able to tailor things to individual clients. When people come in we are a bit more in the driver's seat saying, "This is what we've got to offer to you". Instead of the client just coming in and chatting. Limiting Beliefs develop over time. A person's beliefs develop over time through different experiences. In terms of Shift's approach. We are going to be going in and deconstruct those beliefs using reprocessing techniques. Using specific memories... working through those and having specific discussions about what people are getting out of that reprocessing.

"A lot of the clients I see presenting with issues like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Disordered Eating still have a really hard time telling others that they struggle with these issues..."

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On this episode, Zac and James discuss Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac and James discuss the ins and outs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). What is an obsession anyway? What is a compulsion? What Limiting Beliefs and Dysfunctional Needs contribute to the mindset that supports OCD? Find out in this episode.If you would like to contact us, please do so via Twitter or our Contact Page.Find Registered Provisional Psychologist At Our 124th Street, Edmonton, "124 Street Shop" Location! And View His Profile Here To Find Booking Availability:* https://shiftpsych.com/team/zac-ericksonFind Registered Psychologist At Our Calgary Location! And View His Profile Here To Find Booking Availability:* https://shiftpsych.com/team/james-murch/

On this episode, Zac and Andrea explore how looking beyond yourself can change your perspective.

On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac and Andrea start a conversation after Andrea has a chance encounter in the Tim Horton's drive-thru. The ensuing conversation explores the value to personal reflection, mindfulness, and taking the perspective of others.We can often get stuck in our own narratives, limiting beliefs, and dysfunctional needs. Being reminded of the life circumstances of others can help us see our own life in a new light. By combining our intelligence and compassion, we are able to take the perspective of others, and remind ourselves about what is really important.This episode is much more spontaneous and candid than our other episodes thus far, so please let us know how you feel about it via Twitter or our Contact Page.Find Registered Provisional Psychologist At Our 124th Street, Edmonton, "124 Street Shop" Location! And View His Profile Here To Find Booking Availability:* https://shiftpsych.com/team/zac-ericksonFind Registered Psychologist At Our 124th Street, Edmonton, "124 Street Shop" Location! And View His Profile Here To Find Booking Availability:* https://shiftpsych.com/team/andrea-mctague

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What is the most common limiting belief you see and how does it play out?

The "I'm Not Good Enough" cognition, with all the expectations and pressure people are putting on themselves. They can become very disconnected with who they are and what is really good for them. This can take them away from an authentic experience of life.

How do you respond to clients when they believe that their perfectionism is a real positive and they are hesitant to go in and let you get rid of that?

The are many positive aspects of these dysfunctional needs. We're not getting rid of peoples drive, motivation or perseverance. We are going to be getting rid of the uncomfortable emotions and physical manifestations of those emotions that come up when these needs aren't being met. That anxiety, that stress is what actually holds us back. When that is removed we are truly able to perform to our best abilities.

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Esther Perel talks a lot about that back in the 50's we would get married because we felt it was a practical partnership and we could build a good life together. We could build a life together and they also have to be my soul mate, my best friend, funny, good looking and we're expecting a whole community of needs to be met by one person. So if you are working on your own stuff and finding out how to meet more of your own needs in an adaptive way then you're not going to expect so much out of your partner and you will be able to accept them for who they are.

Q: Why do you think we have less of that community that works to build good lives together?

A: I think Social Media plays a part in it. We feel more connected but sitting at home and liking pictures on your Instagram is not the same as sitting here and having a 1-on-1 conversation with you. So it's a false level of connection. I think there is also a lot more pressure to be busy and to be achieving and being perfect.

Q: What is the correlation between that and the anxiety and depression now that the rates have gone up in this day and age?

A: You're looking at Social Media and you're looking at someones' highlight reel and our brains just don't know how to process that. The way it evolved is that the way I was looking at in front of me is the truth. You're looking at the best parts of everyone's lives and thinking..."everyone is living better than I am".

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On this episode, Zac is joined by Dr. Lindsay to talk all about how limiting beliefs show up in our relationships.

Sometimes people think they need couples counselling, when they actually need some intense individual therapy. Zac Erickson and Dr. Lindsay Sewall help tease these apart so you can recognize when limiting beliefs are at the core of relationship issues.Limiting beliefs can look like perfectionism, sensitivity to rejection, or an unwillingness to consider someone else's perspective. We go over several different limiting beliefs and how they show up in your relationship.

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Esther Perel talks a lot about that back in the 50's we would get married because we felt it was a practical partnership and we could build a good life together. We could build a life together and they also have to be my soul mate, my best friend, funny, good looking and we're expecting a whole community of needs to be met by one person. So if you are working on your own stuff and finding out how to meet more of your own needs in an adaptive way then you're not going to expect so much out of your partner and you will be able to accept them for who they are.

Q: Why do you think we have less of that community that works to build good lives together?

A: I think Social Media plays a part in it. We feel more connected but sitting at home and liking pictures on your Instagram is not the same as sitting here and having a 1-on-1 conversation with you. So it's a false level of connection. I think there is also a lot more pressure to be busy and to be achieving and being perfect.

Q: What is the correlation between that and the anxiety and depression now that the rates have gone up in this day and age?

A: You're looking at Social Media and you're looking at someones' highlight reel and our brains just don't know how to process that. The way it evolved is that the way I was looking at in front of me is the truth. You're looking at the best parts of everyone's lives and thinking..."everyone is living better than I am".

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Esther Perel talks a lot about that back in the 50's we would get married because we felt it was a practical partnership and we could build a good life together. We could build a life together and they also have to be my soul mate, my best friend, funny, good looking and we're expecting a whole community of needs to be met by one person. So if you are working on your own stuff and finding out how to meet more of your own needs in an adaptive way then you're not going to expect so much out of your partner and you will be able to accept them for who they are.

Q: Why do you think we have less of that community?

A: I think Social Media plays a part in it. We feel more connected but sitting at home and liking pictures on your Instagram is not the same as sitting here and having a 1-on-1 conversation with you. So it's a false level of connection. I think there is also a lot more pressure to be busy and to be achieving and being perfect.

Q: What is the correlation between that and the anxiety and depression now that the rates have gone up in this day and age?

A: You're looking at Social Media and you're looking at someones' highlight reel and our brains just don't know how to process that. The way it evolved is that the way I was looking at in front of me is the truth. You're looking at the best parts of everyone's lives and thinking..."everyone is living better than I am".

Find Registered Psychologist Dr Lindsay At Our Mount Royal Calgary, "Mount Royal Shop" Location! And View Her Profile Here To Find Booking Availability:

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Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop game that is half telling stories and half board game. It's basically a bunch of adults sitting around the table going, ""Pew Pew Pew Pew"

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Being able to watch the incredible change. It can happen fast but realistically bearing witness to the change is the whole reason that Katherine is here at Shift.

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If we're talking about adding something into your life it would be self-reflection to figure out who you are and what makes you... you... And Embody That...

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Al muses about an old Star Trek episode as it relates to the concept of loneliness and the resulting impact on people.

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Find Coach/Intern Al Visram At Our 124th Street, Edmonton, "124street Shop" Location! And View His Profile Here To Find Booking Availability: https://shiftpsych.com/team/al-visram/

Al muses about an old Star Trek episode as it relates to the concept of loneliness and the resulting impact on people.

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For anxiety, mindfulness is a huge component when dealing with emotions. Understanding where in the body certain emotions effect other than the mind itself. When the client participates in the mindfulness and grounding techniques they can focus on where they are feeling the tension.

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This week The Shift Show focuses on conflict resolution and communicating with people in difficult situations.

Andrea McTague and Zac Erickson discuss avoiding the pitfalls of conflicts and trying to get to the root of the conflict with the people in your life in the healthiest way possible. What do you do in the situations that become conflictual relationships as opposed to conflictual situations?Andrea notes that the best place to start is with self because you can control for that. Why is this such a big deal for you in the first place?  Sometimes you are working on a project with someone and you really need that person to do "their half" to progress. Another need is that you need someone to think you are important or make you feel important. The latter indicates a need that does not actually originate from the relationship itself and thus cannot be solved within the present conflict. Once focused on yourself, try and determine where that need is coming from. Conflict around functional needs often involves those "tit-for-tat" arguments. We have to sort through these arguments to determine which points are functional or which points are dysfunctional.If you're interested in knowing more about the Shift Couples Protocol then you can learn more.

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Zac's history of dealing with ADHD

Zac discusses being able to understand some of the symptoms that his ADHD created in childhood. Not being able to sustain mental effort in early assignments in school. When something was not stimulating enough to hold his attention in childhood he often encountered shame-based accusations of being lazy, stupid or destructive.Zac also discusses the often neglected, positive coping strategies and behaviours which ADHD may produce. Zac also refers to the book, "Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder", by Edward M. Hallowell (Author), John J. Ratey (Author). It covers some of the advantageous characteristics of ADHD. Creativity, "out-of-the-box" thinking, a zany sense of humour, the highly intuitive style just to name a few.Olga explores anxiety as a secondary symptom or co-morbid disorders that present as a result of untreated ADHD. On average children receive as much as 10X negative feedback from adults. Over time, depending on the personality of the child and depending on if the child has supportive adult figures in their life; children can suffer anxiety or depressive disorders. As an example, Oppositional Defiant Disorder has often been linked to the constant negative feedback which, over time can produce an anti-authority reaction in adulthood.Olga asks Zac about his experience with medication in reference to ADHD or ADD symptoms. Zac mentions that there are scary ideas out there about it but he has had a good experience with it and he is able to "adult" now. He also shares that his wife mentioned(probably in jest) that it may have saved their marriage. He goes on to note the saying that. "Pills don't teach skills", suggesting that there is really no replacement for learning the coping skills or behaviours associated with a problem. The idea is that the best outcomes will com..

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Toxicity is an element that deprives us from developing correctly. Psychological toxicity is the ongoing occurrence of patterns that negatively effect our ability to navigate our natural environment effectively.When we are young we have to figure things out and navigate our realities very quickly. During periods of high stimulation we depend on our emotional systems to determine threats or unbalance in our environments. We are wired to trust our parents and depend on them to protect us. If they aren't placing adequate protections in place for us then we assume that it must be our fault.

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In honour of Remembrance Day, Zac interviews CPT Matthew Dudley, Human Resources Officer of the United States Army, and his wife, Shannon.When Shannon and Matthew first met, he was deployed to Iraq. Five months into his time there, Matthew came home for two weeks, and they got married. He then left for another seven months."There were some times that I wondered if I was going to be 19 year-old widow," Shannon says."I had my first reality check after we got hit by a car bomb," Matthew says. "That shook me because it made me realize, ‘Woah… I could have been disintegrated'."But their love and relationship remained strong, not without a lot of hard work and understanding.“When you have a spouse who is a bit broken, you just have to be really accepting for who [they are]. You get really vulnerable really quickly because if you don’t, things just break apart,” Shannon says. Thank you for your service, Matthew, and for your strength, Shannon.

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Our philosophy of psychological dysfunction is rooted in attachment and trauma theory. Later you will hear about such treatment techniques as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and EMDR however, when the secure bond between a parent and child is disrupted it creates insecure and anxious attachments.

These weakened attachments create opportunity for children to begin to have limiting beliefs about themselves and problematic behaviours and emotional dysregulation can occur. These limiting beliefs are irrational in nature, however, due to the egocentric nature of children the belief created is treated as if it is true. When there is damage to the attachment bond or when life events occur such as death, divorce, abandonment, poverty, etc. a child has then been exposed to trauma.

Disruptive events also create opportunity for limiting beliefs to form and to grow within the person to create maladaptive behaviours, thoughts and beliefs. These memories require processing in order to be stored in declarative memory where the emotionality around them is significantly reduced if not eliminated.