Author Archives: Angela Jette Swanson, Ph.D.

It’s Spring!
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It finally feels like winter is over. As we move into spring and experience the changing seasons, I’ve been talking with clients about what Dr. William Doherty, psychologist and marriage therapist at the University of Minnesota, calls the Minnesota winter … Continue reading

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
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I was listening to Kelly Clarkson crooning her popular song “Stronger” and thought about all the research that’s been done with trauma survivors. It turns out difficult times can make us stronger.  Tough life events affect everyone.  It is normal … Continue reading

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Chill Out!
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I’m not talking about the weather. I’m talking about calming down when you are fighting. If your fights are escalating to the point that one or both of you feels overwhelmed, you could be experiencing diffuse physiological arousal (DPA). Dr. … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Feel More Joy
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Are these gray, winter days leaving you in a funk? There are things you can do to feel more happiness. Stanford psychologist, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of “The How of Happiness” (http://chass.ucr.edu/faculty_book/lyubomirsky/) has found that there are parts of the … Continue reading

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Life In Balance
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Life sometimes feels like a big balancing act. We are trying to balance the demands of family, friends, and work while doing our best to stay happy and healthy. I sometimes think of the stresses of life like a big … Continue reading

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Spice Up Your Sex Life
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Are you feeling like you need some help in the bedroom?  Sometimes it is hard to know how to bring up conversations about sex and affection. The first thing you’ll want to do is let your partner know you really … Continue reading

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Does My Child Have ADHD?
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I have had several people asking me about ADHD lately. If you think your child might need some extra help, it can be tough to know where to start. Typically, the first person to talk with is your pediatrician. She … Continue reading

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Will Hypnosis Make Me Walk Like a Chicken?
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Are you curious about hypnosis – but kind of scared, too? It is no surprise that people are wary about hypnotism. We’ve all had some exposure to hypnosis that makes it seem like the hypnotist is controlling people’s minds. The … Continue reading

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What Are We Doing To Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
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It is sometimes tricky to figure out how to show your love on this day that has been commercialized and filled with expectations. It is possible to use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to feel more connected without breaking the … Continue reading

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