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New "Simple" Solutions to Life's Love Problems and the Polarity of Mind Reflex
Are you tired of failing at love relationships and wondering why love is never secure or lasting in your life? Whether you are a man or woman, this book offers new ideas about love relationships and "simple" tools to help make them last.

New "Simple" Solutions to Life's Love Problems and the Polarity of Mind Reflex whittles down the complexities of attachment and love and crafts a simple and understandable model that all can relate to.

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The ideas and tools provided in this book help allow you to move from protective ways of relating--through excessive caretaking or selfishness--to intimate relating and mutual respect of needs. The model in this book paves the way for couples to safely share needs and feelings which are the building blocks that foster intimate connecting and deep long-lasting love.

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"Dr. Materna whittles down the complexities of attachment and love and crafts a simple and understandable model that allows individuals to move from protective ways of relating – through excessive care giving or selfishness- to intimate relating and mutual respect of needs. His model paves the way for couples to safely share needs and feelings which are the building blocks that foster intimate connecting and deep long-lasting love.”

David L. Janvier, M.A., LPC, Certified Sex Therapist
Janvier Counseling & Associates, LLC
Wexford, PA

"I am awed by the creative thinking and discipline that went into the writing of this book. I applaud your achievement…I like the thematic framework-it offers an easy grasp way of thinking about self and others that brings together psychological, ethical, and religious principles. It provokes the reader into some self-examination (how am I being selfish, how is my thinking muddled about what I need, am I expressing my needs clearly, etc.)…I thought the discussion of conflict, feelings, and conflict tools and solutions was particularly strong in offering practical and useful suggestions."

Richard D. Magee, Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

"I truly enjoyed reading your book and I am confident it will bring true love and understanding into the world…a great read…magnificent…I am confident this book will be a great success."

Katherine Hammond Holtz, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Neuropsychologist
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor
Pittsburgh, PA

"This Book offers what appears to be the missing link to help couples and therapists alike understand the core problem in relationships. The Polarity of Mind Reflex describes the relationship fight-or-flight response in ways that we all can identify. Dr. Materna explains the pattern of creating the same struggle in one relationship after another or making the same mistake in choosing a partner. Most importantly, Dr. Materna offers strategies for the quick fix we all have been searching to find. This book is bound to be a classic in the field of psychology, self-help, and relationship counseling. It is a must read…I highly recommend this book and will be using it regularly in my practice to help others…a great approach to treatment, wise, warm, and enjoyable writing style.”

Natalie Paul, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice in Nazareth, PA

Lollipops, Chocolate, Donuts, or Cake?
"Lollipops, Chocolate, Donuts or Cake? Eating is fun, but what you don't know is the trouble it can make," says Dr. Daniel Materna's son Ryan who, with his sister Joslyn, created the colored illustrations for this book. The book poetically tells the story in a whimsical fashion about the pleasures and perplexing problems eating can entail. In the end, the poem highlights a specific recipe to solve eating troubles that both children and adults can savor. The book is fun, entertaining, and surprisingly effective in highlighting solutions to even the most serious of eating disorders.

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Journaling can be a very useful activity for people trying to gain more control over their eating behaviors. This can be especially true when trying to control aspects of eating related to feelings and emotions. "Emotional Eating" can be defined as the consumption of food in response to a feeling other than hunger. People often consume food when not really hungry, but when they are feeling bored, worried, nervous, alone, sad, or angry. Journaling as an adjunct to a program of weight loss that includes exercise and healthy eating habits/diet can further help people to gain control over their eating habits. I will describe two types of journals I use with clients during psychological treatment, when one of their treatment goals includes gaining control over "Emotional Eating." If readers decide to use the journals I describe below, they should not consider the use of them as a substitute for professional medical or psychological treatment. The use of such journals is best applied in combination with working on emotional, psychological, and interpersonal issues (often discovered through journaling) and within the context of a professional relationship such as with a licensed psychologist or other mental health more

Obesity Handout
Obesity Handout

The Polarity of Mind Reflex: A New Construct in Human Relationship Physics
The human brain is designed for survival. Our physical survival is typically fostered through the fight-or-flight response that is hard wired into the structure of our brains. Thus, when we perceive a threat and the amygdala receives the information, we either attack and fight back to neutralize the threat, or we flee and run away from it. Our physical welfare is therefore protected and our longevity is hopefully guaranteed. But what happens when the “threat” is an emotional one? That is, what happens when we face a threat to our secure love and attachment with others? For example, what happens to a child’s brain when it receives information that his or her more

Helping Obese Clients Reduce Denial About Emotional Eating Habits
Psychologists and other mental health professionals are typically used to offering suggestions to people about their life problems and possible solutions. How easy it may look to the uninitiated: “Just figure out what the person is doing wrong and tell them to do something different.” As most if not all of us learned early in our careers things just aren’t that simple. Why does it so often seem that people are innately programmed to resist changes for the good, especially when it comes to obesity? Why do people so often struggle with eating healthfully and relying on food for nutrition instead of comfort and pleasure? Furthermore, why are obvious more

An Alternative to a Messy Divorce
There is an alternative to high cost, messy divorce and nasty custody battles. It is Collaborative or "No‐court" divorce. Collaborative practice is a new way of helping divorcing couples resolve disputes respectfully by using a team of trained professionals who all pledge not go to court. Minnesota attorney, Stu Webb, created the Collaborative Law model in the 1980's and it is now an international movement.
Research shows that divorce is the second most stressful event for adults, after death of a spouse. Divorce is overwhelming due to the stress caused by conflict. It can be even worse for children. Studies have indicated that children of divorce experience twice the level of emotional and behavioral problems as compared to children from non‐divorced more