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Skills Building Articles

Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist
Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor

Articles on Skills Building By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D., Stillwater, OK

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Table of Contents

Identifying and Reducing the Stress that Hurts You

Letting Go of Nonproductive Guilt

Seven Reasons Why New Year's Resolutions Fail and What You Can Do To Succeed

How to Gain Assertiveness To Empower Your Recovery

Cognitive Therapy for Feelings: Change How You Think to Change How You Feel

Accomplishing Your Goals:  Identifying and Eliminating Roadblocks

Regaining Your Credibility - How to Get Honest In Recovery

Identifying Problem Areas to Guide Skill Development

Defining "Assertiveness" As A First Step In Developing Assertiveness


Identifying and Reducing the Stress that Hurts You

 By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.


            Most people have some level of awareness of when their stress level has reached a point where it gets their attention.  Most self-aware people can identify their major stressors.  Most people can even tell you some stress management techniques.  Much of the time, these same people will tell you different reasons why they do not use those same stress management techniques.  Excuses used include examples like, "I already have too much to do without adding more tasks", "I don't have time", "I'm too tired", or even "I'm too stressed out to manage my stress".  The things that stress you out may not be the same things that stress out your spouse, your boss, or your neighbor across the street. 

            Stress is a physical and psychological response to your resources being taxed to the limit.  Your body experiences a fight or flight response to perceived threat.  In times past, the threat might be a predatory animal wanting to have you for lunch.  In modern times, the threat is usually less acute and more chronic.  The threat might be a boss' ill temper, recurrent overdue bills, sleeplessness with a baby that is still waking in the night, fear and worry about an aging parent's health, or a host of other contemporary daily living issues. To read the rest of the article, follow this link: Identifying and Reducing the Stress that Hurts You



Regaining Your Credibility:


How to Get Honest In Recovery 

By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Many people, while active in addiction, engage in deceptive, dishonest behavior, and diversionary tactics. These are part and parcel of addiction and the need to keep the extent of their problem hidden. It is difficult to juggle all the demands of being addicted with all the "normal" demands of living, plus hiding the addiction from others. Other people in an addict's life are affected by the addiction. Conflict is inevitable.  To read the rest of the article, follow this link:  Regaining Your Credibility: How to Get Honest In Recovery

"We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel." —Marshall B. Rosenberg


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Serving Stillwater (74074, 74075, 74076), Perry (73077), Perkins (74059), Cushing (74023), Pawnee (74058), Guthrie (73044), Ponca City (74601, 74602, 74604), Morrison (73061), and other local communities.

Check back often for more articles that will address subjects and issues such as skills for living, how to manage stress, stress, daily living skills, stress reduction, what are life skills, feelings, emotions, dealing with feelings, stop feeling guity, ways to deal with guilt, how to deal with stress, assertiveness.

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