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Relationships can be addicting. Last Updated on 2011-08-05 13:46:54 In response to the segment Dr. Russ did on the show about pornography addiction someone submitted the following question... Can someone be addicted to relationships and can that affect them like other addictions? Dr. Russ sent an answer:   "Simply put, yes, someone can be addicted to relationships. We often refer to this as "co-dependency." Like other addictions, this is generally a symptom of a greater problem.   There is a connection between behavior and emotions in co-dependence, with stimulation of brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin in response to the emotions created by these behaviors, causing the patient to feel effects similar to a physically addictive ‘high’ (like those experienced in drug addiction).   It does not effect the brain exactly like other addictions and some of that has to do with the time it takes to establish and maintain that... More »
The Trust Formula for Communication Last Updated on 2011-08-05 00:00:00 Goal: To build relationships of trust.To make other people feel valued, loved and safe - so I can have productive conversations with them.       Step #1: I set my stuff aside upfront.  Make sure I am seeing them as the same   as me.       Step #2: I will ask questions about their stuff...   (Their thoughts, feelings. ideas, opinions, fears, etc.)                     … and I will listen and validate them.   (This doesn’t mean I will agree. It means that I will honor and respect their right to be   where and who they are.)       Step #3: I will ask permission questions before I share my stuff.     Would you be open to some suggestions?   Would you be willing to let me share my feelings about this?   Would you be... More »
Don's life was saved by an Egg McMuffin Last Updated on 2011-08-02 00:00:00 Some hilarious things happen behind the scenes in the making of the Don and Kim show and I realized late last night that I should be sharing this funny stuff with you all. I have discovered that any project which involves Don, involves a great deal of  laughing. Like the time he called with a fake accent and asked if he could sign up for the single women's coaching group I was starting, and I seriously didn't know who it was. Or the time he butt dialed me while he was singing 80's hits at the top of his lungs in the car and my phone wouldn't disconnect so I had to listen for a while (though he's not half bad at singing.) Or when I was trying to talk to him, on his cell ohone, while he was driving and it was apparently "Try to kill Don Day" so every 5 minutes he was either screaming at a Utah driver who almost took him out, or swerving to avoid another one. I was on the floor... More »
Overcoming a fear of Success - committments and responsibilities Last Updated on 2011-07-27 12:59:17 The Fear of Success  - doesn’t have to stop you. Do you ever procrastinate? Do you spend time on things that make you feel productive, but really aren’t?  Do you start projects but drop the ball before they’re done? Do you feel like something is holding you back from success… and that something might be you? You may be experiencing a fear of success. It sounds illogical, but you may be afraid of achieving more or shooting high because you lack confidence in your abilities long term.  You might be afraid of the responsibilities and commitments that come with success and not want the pressure. There was an experiment done years ago, where jumping frogs were placed in jars with lids and though they had plenty of food and water, the frogs still tried to escape. They jumped and jumped, banging their heads on the lids again and again. This went on for 30 days then, the... More »
Overcoming a fear of failure Last Updated on 2011-07-14 13:36:39 One of the most common obstacles holding people back from reaching their potential in business and life is the fear of failure. This fear prevents people from trying new things, taking risks, and being who they want to be. This fear makes people conform to win the approval of others. Many give up their identity so they can feel safe and earn validation. A fear of failure is also a fear of looking bad, being embarrassed and/or being rejected. Is this fear a factor for you? Do you avoid people and prefer to spend time alone? Do you refrain from sharing your opinions with others, because it feels safer not to? Do you avoid difficult conversations? Do you struggle to say no and if possible avoid the person all together? Are you afraid to take risks, try new things or venture from your comfort zone? If you said yes to any of these, you may be suffering from a fear of failure. This fear often... More »