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Defense Mechanisms: Intellectualization

Posted on by Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA Posted in Individual, Mind, Theory | 2 Comments

Ahhhh… my favorite. I love this defense mechanism because it is by far the sneakiest. It’s considered one of the more advanced forms of defense mechanisms, meaning it needs a little more brain power than your average, everyday one, like denial for example. With denial, you can just flat out say, “No!” and close your eyes, plug your ears, and sing lalalalalalalalaaaaaah until whatever you’re trying to ignore goes away and you can continue back to your regular way of …

Gratitude III + Return of the Puppies

Posted on by Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA Posted in Jobs, Randomness, Sass | 2 Comments

I haven’t been feeling very grateful lately. Sure, my life is wonderful. I have friends, I have a wonderful partner, I am busy working and starting a private practice here in Seattle. But, I’ve found myself close to tears and even succumbing to feelings of being overwhelmed lately. I’m struggling with my health. My thyroid dose is being tinkered with, which makes me emotionally unsteady at times. Additionally, I’ve been placed on a pretty restrictive diet by my doctor. Part …

The Deal with Instagram

Posted on by Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA Posted in Body Image, Mind, Randomness | 3 Comments

You guys, I’m upset. Once upon a time, I joined Instagram because I was a wannabe hipster. I took way too many pictures of my food, I went filter crazy, and I was all about those monthly challenges. It was like a little community where we all live-blogged what we were doing and that was cool. Lately, Instagram has become this graveyard for interesting things. It’s been taken over by every self-promoting person on the planet. I can handle people …

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