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Conscious Conversations – A Welcome to Wise Mind

A blog edited by Sierra Johnson MA TLLP, Wise Mind's Master Wordsmith What, and or who is Wise Mind? When we really sit and break down the identity of an organization, a lot of different aspects of wholeness come to mind. Organizations can take on their own version of a functioning self. A living breathing essence that, just as we do, has the capability to create a ripple effect on everything that it touches. Every piece of every organization has a function that keeps it thriving, and each function has to be fed and nurtured to keep momentum going. The brain, the heartbeat, the body, and everything that allows them to move and flow in tandem.  The Brain: Thought patterns, learned behaviors, and what fuels our interactions. Trauma-responsive....


Wait, there’s different types of therapists?!

10 minute read.   Okay, awesome – you’re ready to start therapy! We’re glad that you’ve taken a first step in your healing and self-understanding journey.  The next step, I’d imagine, would be finding a therapist. There’s a lot of helpful resources out there for finding the right therapist – Psychology Today, Inclusive Therapist, etc – but how do you know what or who you need? Not all therapists are the same, or even work with the same types of needs, and it can be overwhelming to navigate through the sea of therapists on various sites. Therapy isn’t a “one-size fits all” type of thing where you can go to any therapist with any difficulty and find relief. Therapists specialize in a variety of different niches and aspects of...


Who Are You Supposed to Be?

2 Minute Read Written By Sierra Johnson, MA, MLP   We see all these self-help books and advertisements: “Become Who You Are”, “Be Yourself”, “You Are Enough” – but who are you? [caption id="attachment_5804" align="alignleft" width="455"][/caption] It seems so easy when we first think about it, “well, I’m me”, but let’s think further: What do you know about yourself? Your genuine interests, and morals – your goals and aspirations. Why does that thing piss you off so much? Why do you idealize one person, but feel inclined to despise another? Who or what means the most to you, and why? How often do you even ask yourself these questions? Chances are, you may have never thought about most of this. As humans, we’re the product of conditioning. Behavioral Psychology tells...


Why is Everyone a Narcissist?!

Well wait, are they? Am I a Narcissist? What even is a Narcissist? Let’s start with the origin story, just for a bit of context. In Greek Mythology, Narcissus is a hunter known specifically for his beauty. He attracted many potential love interests, but always rejected them. After a series of not-so-important-for-the-sake-of-this-conversation events, Narcissus was lured to a lake and became quite enraptured by his own reflection. He wasn’t aware that he was looking at his own reflection, as mirrors at that time were uncommon. Unable to stop looking, he eventually burned away due to passion, and turned into a flower.  So, what does this have to do with Narcissism? Well, only a bit, which we’ll get into in a minute, but the part of the story to keep...


Onions. Just onions.

Specifically blooming, but definitely onions. Let me explain: How do we perceive a person at first glance? Attractiveness, style of dress, eye contact, posture. We look people over, even (or maybe especially) when we mean not to. We’ve really been geared towards identifying and labeling people just based around what we see. The interesting part is how we do that, in my opinion. Let’s take an example: Imagine, for a moment, someone that you would identify as goth. What popped in your head? What gender expression? What style of clothes or aesthetic? Based on your experiences with the goth subculture, you have a specific version of a person that may or may be like any other reader's mind’s image. So, when you see a goth person on the...


What’s a Conscious Conversation?

“Consciousness is our gateway to experience: It enables us to recognize Van Gogh’s starry skies, be enraptured by Beethoven’s Fifth, and stand in awe of a snowcapped mountain. Yet consciousness is subjective, personal, and famously difficult to examine.” – Dr. Daniel Bor, Ph.D Hello again,  We’re glad to have you back. We need to talk. Everyone hates that statement. The unknown-ness of it. The questions, the guessing, the ruminating. We start nit-picking at every behavior we’ve ever remembered having. It’s unfortunate that most of the time we end up assuming that we’ve done something wrong when there’s so many things we can talk about. It doesn’t have to be scary, but oftentimes it is, because in what other context is the need to talk about something so important? When...

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