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Why I Wrote Floating Underwater

  by Tracy Shawn What Inspired Me The idea for my second novel, Floating Underwater, came…

Finding Your Writing Muse: Interview with the Wise and Witty Gabriel Lucatero

  Photo of Author Gabriel Lucatero   Tapping Into the Writing Muse   Tracy Shawn: I…

Are Deathbed Visions Real?

    The Meaning of End-of-Life Visions   by Tracy Shawn, M.A. Ancestors by Tracy Shawn…

Why I’m Not Sorry for Still Saying “Im Sorry!” (And Why You Shouldn’t be Either)

  by Tracy Shawn, M.A.         A dear friend (whom I’ll call Nancy)…

Sudden Fiction/Twitterature by Tracy Shawn

Three Sudden Fiction/Twitterature Stories  by Tracy Shawn     The End of the Road “Don’t take…

How Reading Can Curtail Anxiety

by   Tracy Shawn     Reading, can indeed, reduce anxiety. But why? Stories provide an…

Is It Possible to Be Too Empathetic? (And How to Cope if You Are)

First Published in PsychCentral.Com By Tracy Shawn, MA    ~ 3 MIN READ   Ever since…

When the World is Breaking Your Heart

Please note: This piece was first published on PsychCentral on August 1,2020 By Tracy Shawn, MA  …

How a Simple Phrase Can Strengthen Resolve

By Tracy Shawn, MA Please note: first published on  July 2, 2020 with psychcentral.com   ~ 3…

Living in the Now while Dealing with Distress

Please Note: This piece was first published with PsychCentral.com on June 7, 2020 By Tracy Shawn, MA…

Asserting Yourself During Coronavirus — and Beyond

Note: First published on PsychCentral.com and last updated on May 13, 2020 By Tracy Shawn, MA  …

Making Peace with Mortality in the Age of Coronavirus

By Tracy Shawn, MA Note: First Published in April 2020 with PsychCentral.com/Last updated: 9 Apr 2020  …

Reasons–and Cures–for Morning Anxiety

Note: First Published in PsychCentral under the title “Morning Anxiety: Causes and Cures to Combat the…

How to Control the Online Over-Checking Habit

Please Note: This piece was first published with PsychCentral Under the title: How to Understand and…

How to Stop Pushing Your Own Emotional Buttons

Please note: first published with PsychCentral under the title: “Are You Pushing Your Own Emotional Buttons?…

Dealing with Deep Sadness During the Holidays–and Beyond

Please Note: This piece was first published under the title: Dealing with Deep Sadness During the…

How Anxiety Was My Greatest Weakness and Now My Greatest Strength

Note: First Published in PsychCentral on November 7, 2019 By Tracy Shawn, MA  Last updated: 7 Nov 2019…

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

First Published by PsychCentral on October 11, 2019 By Tracy Shawn, MA   ~ 2 MIN…

How to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Please note: First Published in PsychCentral.Com under the title “Facing Mental Health Stigma” on September 6,…

Three Simple Ways to Deflect Difficult People

By Tracy Shawn, M.A.   ~ 3 MIN READ (Please note: this piece was first published…

You Are Not Your Thoughts

  Please note: this was first published with PsychCentral.com on July 28, 2019   By Tracy Shawn,…

How to Heal Yourself with Humor

Please note: this piece was first published in PsychCentral.com on June 15, 2019 under the title…

Counterintuitive Ways to Combat Anxiety

Please note: this piece was first published with PsychCentral on April 22, 2019   Through the…

How to Follow–and Live by–Your Own Meaning

By Tracy Shawn, MA : First Published under title “A Life Worth Living: How to Find and Follow Your…

Humans are a Weird Species

  By Tracy Shawn, M.A. If aliens happened to land their spaceship in front of my…