Debbie O’Berry, Licensed Professional Counselor; Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor
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Archive for August 2017

Love Defined

It is Wednesday morning and I am feeling good. I have walked with my daughter, listened to a couple of podcasts, I am up and dressed and the sun is shinning.  I am listening to a new radio station for me, Shine FM 95.3. I have a busy day ahead but I want to start…

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Discipline that leads to Maturity

In the section of Discipline in THE ROADLESS TRAVELED, Peck leaves with some thoughts.  Is it ever possible to become free from emotional pain in this life?  The best decision-makers are those who are willing to suffer the most over their decisions but still retain their ability to be decisive.  If your goal is to…

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Renunciation and Rebirth

M. Scott Peck, MD states in The Roadless Traveled that “It is in the giving up of self that human being can find the most ecstatic and lasting solid, durable joy of life.   He talks of “Bracketing”.  Bracketing is essentially the act of balancing the need for stability and assertion of the self with the…

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The Healthiness of Depression

The feeling associated with giving up something loved – or at least something that is part of ourselves and familiar – is depression. Scott Peck in The Roadless Traveled says that to spur growth a proportionate amount of “the old self” must be given up.  Giving up or loss of the old self is an…

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A Balanced Life

One of the most challanging things in life is “balancing” our life. This is the subject of today’s reflections in The Roadless Traveled by Peck. Scott says discipline itself must be disciplined which he calls balancing. Balancing is the discipline that give us flexibility.  It is necessary that the higher centers of our Brain (judgement) be…

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Withholding Truth

Withholding Truth from M. Scott Peck, M.D. ‘s THE ROADLESS TRAVELED,  is our subject today.  Lying can be divided into two types: white lies and black lies.  A black like is a statement we make that we know is false.  A white lie is a statement we make that is not in itself false but…

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Openness to Challenge

 What does a life of total dedication to the truth mean? Asks Peck in his book THE ROADLESS TRAVELED.       It is a life of continuous and never-ending stringent self-examination.  The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action.  We are beginning to realize that the source of danger…

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Transference : The Outdated Map

Today we are looking at Transference being that set way of perceiving and responding to the world which is developed in childhood and which is usually entirely appropriate to the childhood environment but which is inappropriately transferred into the adult environment.  Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful.  We can revise our maps…

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Dedicated to Reality

I have a schedule that I love to. use for my work.  Even though I try to plan and to know what is coming, that is not the case as this morning.  I had it perfectly worked out and then a client reschedules.  So I have to adjust my thinking.   That is what Peck…

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Escape from Freedom

As I continue to read THE ROADLESS TRAVELED by M. Scott Peck, MD in the section Escape from Freedom, I am trying to think what truths from the Bible can line up with what he says. Deuteronomy 30:19 says “This day I call heaven and Earth as witness against you that I have set before…

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