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Safe-place Visualization

Safe-place visualization is a powerful stress-reduction technique. Using it, you can soothe yourself by imagining a peaceful, safe place where you can relax.

Openness to Experience

This article examines the Openness domain of personality and its six facets: fantasy, aesthetics, feelings, actions, ideas, and values.


This article examines the Extraversion domain and its six facets: warmth, gregariousness, assertiveness, activity, excitement-seeking, and positive emotions.


This article examines the Agreeableness domain of personality and its six facets: trust, straightforwardness, altruism, compliance, modesty, and tender-mindedness.


This post discusses the Neuroticism domain of personality and its six facets: anxiety, angry hostility, depression, self-consciousness, impulsiveness, and vulnerability to stress.


This article discusses the Conscientiousness domain of personality and its six facets: competence, orderliness, dutifulness, achievement striving, self-discipline, and deliberate decision-making.

The Big-5 Personality Traits

Personality traits are attributes of a person that are reasonably characteristic of the person, enduring over time, and relatively consistent across situations. Our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving emerge from these "default settings" in conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and openness.

Discounted Massage Therapy

Low-cost massage options in the greater Baltimore area.

Combination treatment for depression

This post discusses the benefits of combining psychotherapy and antidepressant drug therapy for certain individuals with depression, and offers research-based theories on why this may be especially beneficial for certain people.

Are antidepressants effective?

This post takes a look at the most recent and most rigorous large-scale research study comparing antidepressant drugs with placebo in individuals with moderate-to-severe depression.