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Coping Strategies

A friend of mine and I were recently swapping advice on various matters when we both realized we, as adults, were asking another adult how to adult. Life has a way of piling up on you, and it’s tricky to go it alone. We all have our coping mechanisms—some good, some bad—and a good counselor can help differentiate between the two.

There used to be a stigma attached to anyone that received therapy, but that’s no longer the case. Whether it’s a religious leader, a psychiatrist, a life coach, or just the self help section of the bookstore, there are multiple options to help you navigate the twists and turns of modern-day living. If you or someone you know helps people operate at their best, pick up one of our great counselor mugs!

1. The plural of “anecdote” is not “data”

They may be derided as “soft sciences,” but psychiatry and psychology have their own underlying theories and studies. People are complicated, and it takes a professional to really be effective at helping them.

2. What have we learned?

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Your counselor knows a better way.

3. Tell me more

My stepmother is a scarily insightful psychologist, and one of the most ruthless poker players I know. She can identify your tells within three hands.

4. It’s a process

Even if you do everything your counselor tells you, it’s going to take time to start seeing changes. Impatience won’t help.

5. Scapegoats

As kids, we always say that we’ll be better parents than our parents. As parents, we make entirely new mistakes. And the cycle continues.

6. I blame HIPAA

One of my stepmother’s biggest gripes is that she could never share the really interesting stories about her job.

7. The Voice of Experience

It’s human nature to give advice, particularly when we see people facing the same situations we’ve overcome. Not all advice is equal, though (see #1).

8. I was behind the couch the whole time!

Personally, I think it’s fascinating to discover the filters, perceptions, and contexts you operate under. Life gets a lot richer when you work to replace them with better ones.

9. I’m not nosy; I’m helpful!

This is the exact reason I became an editor. Sometimes an outside perspective is called for.

This is just a small selection of the fun counselor mugs we have available. And remember, you can have any mug customized for your favorite life guide!