Judith Orloff's Articles (29)

Are You in a Relationship with Someone Who has a Victim Mentality?

As a psychiatrist I teach my patients the importance of learning how to deal effectively with draining people. In Emotional Freedom, I discuss one of these types which I call “The Victim Mentality.”

The victim grates on you with a poor-me attitude, and is allergic to taking responsibility for their actions.…

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Added by Judith Orloff on October 1, 2012 at 7:01pm — No Comments

5 Strategies to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

As a psychiatrist, I realize that comparing is a natural tendency we all have. It can be absolutely neutral, as when you merely evaluate similarities and differences. Such comparison is essential for astute reasoning. It’s also productive if you’re inspired to emulate another’s impressive traits. However, it becomes dysfunctional when it stirs envy and jealousy, if you judge yourself as better as or less than others. Think about it: without comparisons jealousy and envy couldn’t exist.…

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Added by Judith Orloff on May 3, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments

7 Vows of Compassion for World Leaders

All our political candidates need to be sent back to compassion school. They need to take vows before they run for office that they will have compassion for we the people, for each other, for our global family, for the earth. These candidates need to become more than talk show hosts or master of ceremonies trying to woo us for votes. We condone such terrible behavior on television, candidates attacking each other, doing anything to win. Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to act so hatefully…

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Added by Judith Orloff on February 23, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What Is Your Emotional Type?

To pin down your style of how you relate emotionally, it’s important to know your emotional type. This is the filter through which you see the world, the default setting of your personality that you revert to, especially during stress. It represents your basic tendencies. You can build on these by making the most of your best traits and adopting traits from the other types that appeal to you.



In my book, “…

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Added by Judith Orloff on November 25, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Am I Being An Emotional Vampire? Don’t Worry-We All Can Be Sometimes

In my medical practice, I’ve developed enormous respect for the art of relationships, what makes them work or fail. In all successful relationships, whether with family, friends, or co-workers it’s vital that each person honestly examine his or her behavior and be willing to discuss it and change.

In this spirit, I find it useful to regularly assess how we’re relating to others--specifically if our behavior may be draining. In my book…

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Added by Judith Orloff on November 8, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Love vs Lust: Do You Know The Difference?

As a psychiatrist, I’ve seen how intense sexual attraction is notorious for obliterating common sense and intuition in the most sensible people. Why? Lust is an altered state of consciousness programmed by the primal urge to procreate. Studies suggest that the brain in this phase is much like a brain on drugs. MRI scans illustrate that the same area lights up when an addict gets a fix of cocaine as when a person is experiencing the intense lust of physical attraction. Also in the early stage…

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Added by Judith Orloff on September 8, 2011 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Intuition & Healing: Tips To Find The Right Health Care Practitioner

(Adapted from “Guide to Intuitive Healing: Five Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness by Judith Orloff MD)

I want to guide you through the process of selecting a health care practitioner to match your needs. I'll point out qualities to look for and those to avoid. Here are some guidelines to follow. Also use common sense…

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Added by Judith Orloff on July 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

4 Tips To Deal With Frustrating People

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself."

              Saint Francis De Sales



Every day there are plenty of good reasons to be frustrated. Another long line. Telemarketers. A goal isn’t materializing “fast enough.” People don’t do what they’re supposed to. Rejection. Disappointment. How to deal with it all? You can drive yourself crazy, behave irritably, feel victimized, or try to force an outcome--all self-defeating reactions that alienate…

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Added by Judith Orloff on June 29, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Tips For Emotional Gushers To Find Balance

In my practice as a psychiatrist and personally, I’ve known many people who I called “the emotional gusher.” Gushers are experts at knowing their emotions and were born to share them.  No one has to wonder where they’re at. Elated, bored, miserable, they tell you. What you see is what you get. They tend to be spontaneous, direct, authentic, and trusted confidants. The gusher unloads stress by verbalizing it. I, for one, know how freeing this can be. I am grateful to my treasured circle of…

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Added by Judith Orloff on May 31, 2011 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Tapping the Power of Your Dreams: Strategies for Remembering & Interpreting their Life Changing Messages

As a psychiatrist, I believe that dreams provide extraordinary insights into improving your health, relationships, and career. I consult my dreams for all important decisions using a technique which I describe in “Emotional Freedom” and below. You'd be surprised at the invaluable advice that your dreams give, either…

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Added by Judith Orloff on April 22, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Are You Addicted to Anxiety? Learn How Not to Be

Our world is in the midst of an emotional meltdown. As a psychiatrist, I’ve seen that many people are addicted to the adrenaline rush of anxiety, known as “the fight or flight response” and don’t know how to diffuse it. An example of this is obsessively watching the news about natural disasters, trauma, economic stress, and violence, then not being able to turn bad news off.  Also, people are prone to “techno-despair” a term I coined in my book “…

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Added by Judith Orloff on March 30, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments

The Power of Releasing Resentments: New Year’s Gift to Yourself and Others

  “If I stayed angry at other people, I would miss finding friends among those I was angry with”

                                                      From Rosa Parks interview in “Positive Energy



As a psychiatrist, I feel strongly that letting go of resentments, a point I emphasize in… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on December 22, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Outraged at Airport Security Searches? Tips to Cope with Personal Space Intruders

If you want to see people flip their lids fast, try invading their personal space. These intrusions cause our stress hormones to skyrocket and can affect our physical and mental health. Blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension are all affected. Thus, the public outrage at new intrusive security pat downs of passengers in airports.



What is personal space? In "Emotional Freedom" I emphasize its main aspects. First, it's the invisible border that surrounds us and sets our comfort… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on November 24, 2010 at 9:51pm — No Comments

How to Deal with a Control Freak

As a psychiatrist, I have observed that relationships are one of the major sources of exhaustion for many of my patients. In “Emotional Freedom” I discuss how to deal with different kinds of draining people to avoid getting fatigued, sick, or burned out.



It’s important to identify if you are dealing with a “controller.” These people obsessively try to dictate how you’re supposed to be and feel. They have an opinion about everything; disagree at your peril. They’ll control you by… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on October 14, 2010 at 6:43pm — No Comments

How To Deal With A Narcissist

As a psychiatrist, I strongly believe that it is important to know about the narcissistic personality so you can have realistic expectations when dealing with coworkers, friends, or family members who may have some of these qualities.



In “Emotional Freedom” I describe how to recognize a narcissist. Here are some ways: Their motto is “Me first!” Everything’s all about them. They have a grandiose sense of self-importance and…
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Added by Judith Orloff on September 17, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Health Benefits of Tears

For over twenty years as physician, I’ve witnessed, time and again, the healing power of tears. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, say when a child is born or tears of relief when a difficulty has passed. In my own life, I am grateful when I can cry. It feels cleansing, a way to purge pent up emotions so they don’t lodge in my body as stress symptoms such as fatigue or pain. To stay healthy and release… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on August 23, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments

5 Intuitions About Love and Sex You Shouldn’t Ignore

When we're looking for love (or under its intoxicating influence), we often miss seeing extraordinary signs and messages that pop up in our daily life to give us clues as to whether we're on the right track. However, if you can slow down enough to recognize and listen to your intuitive intelligence, it can reveal truth, warn you of danger, or help you understand people and relationship situations in new ways.



From my book, Emotional Freedom,… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on July 24, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

THE MEANING OF DEJA VU

"Déjà Vu" is a common intuitive experience that has happened to many of us. The expression is derived from the French, meaning "already seen." When it occurs, it seems to spark our memory of a place we have already been, a person we have already seen, or an act we have already done. It is a signal to pay special attention to what is taking place, perhaps to receive a specific lesson in a certain area or complete what is not yet finished.



In “… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on May 14, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

THE MAGIC OF SYNCHRONICITIES

Adapted from Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Story and Show You How to Tap Your Own Inner Wisdom (Three Rivers Press, 2010) by Judith Orloff MD



Have you ever experienced perfect timing, a moment when everything just seems to fall into place? For a… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on April 22, 2010 at 10:57am — No Comments

Do We Really Need a Brain?

How much of our intelligence even comes from our brain? Despite many new studies that are being conducted using state-of-the-art technology and imaging, scientists still know very little about consciousness and where intelligence comes from.



In one study, British neurologist John Lorber concluded that the loss of nearly all of the cerebral cortex (the late evolutionary part of the brain that gave humans their vaunted mental powers and superiority over other animals) does not… Continue

Added by Judith Orloff on March 22, 2010 at 10:07pm — No Comments

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