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I’m Dr. Duff

I’m Robert, a licensed clinical psychologist based in Southern California, and author of the bestselling Hardcore Self Help book series. I also host a weekly podcast where I address reader questions and interview others in the mental health field.

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10 Obscure Emotions

10 Obscure Emotions

Sometimes a psychotherapy session is really just a collaborative quest to find the right word to demonstrate to your client that you have heard them and know exactly what they mean. If only there was an exact word to describe feeling the feeling of being alone in a crowd or the sense of peace that comes from being inside the house during a rainstorm. Well there is this awesome website called The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows where John Koenig creates words to describe emotions like these. Here are 10 emotions that you have felt but can never describe. Which of these have you felt? 

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March 22, 2015 11

The Five Minute Rule for Motivation

The Five Minute Rule for Motivation

I am sitting at the top of a mountain as I write this post. It may not be Kilimanjaro or anything, but it’s definitely bigger than a hill and it was a solid 40 minutes of hard work to get up here. Sitting here, it strikes me that now might be the perfect time to talk about motivation (and lack thereof). I have been using a phrase a lot lately with my self, with my patients, and with friends. In fact, it’s become something of a mantra for me…

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March 18, 2015 0

Powerful Mindfulness Breathing Exercise

Powerful Mindfulness Breathing Exercise

I do a lot of different things in therapy, because I should. In my opinion, that’s how I can provide the best care. Different strokes for different folks and I see MANY different folks in my office for psychotherapy. When you work with people with everything from postpartum depression to acute panic disorder or even schizophrenia, you should have a lot of different tools in your therapeutic bag. As I continue to build my therapeutic tool box and have opportunities to work with different types of individuals, there is one breathing exercise that I keep coming back to. In fact, I give it to almost all of my clients at some point.

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January 22, 2015 1

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