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Dr. Karen Villa Part 10 | Resilience and Fortitude

Dr. Karen Villa There are parents who want to protect our children from any kind of discomfort. They never learn to tolerate frustration. And you know, Dan Siegel talks about that. That’s really the goal of resilience is to increase this window to tolerate things like frustration. Sr. John Dominic, O.P. Welcome to Mind & […]

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Dr. Karen Villa Part 9: Resilience and Fortitude

Dr. Karen Villa One of our problems is that we’ve been so enamored with innate talent and performance that we have so lost sight that effort and practice is what leads to success, not just innate talent. Sr. John Dominic, O.P. Welcome to Mind & Heart. We continue our discussion with Dr. Karen Villa about […]

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Dr. Karen Villa Part 8: Resilience and Fortitude

Dr. Karen Villa Resilience essentially is a child having kind of a sense of resourcefulness that they can enter into the challenges of everyday life of learning, you know, bigger challenges that come along where they feel like they can you know handle that challenge and then they can bounce back from any kind of […]

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Dr. Karen Villa Part 7: BEST Mental-Health Strategies for Pre-Teens and Teens

Karen Villa: The tasks of adolescence is for a child to come to own their own body in their own mind and it really is a time that we’re moving into with them where you know, we don’t have as much say anymore and that’s really a biologically driven process. So discipline has to move […]

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Dr. Karen Villa part 6: Mental Health tips for Ages 6–9

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Dr. Karen Villa Part 5: The BEST Mental Health Practices for Infants, Toddlers

“Parents tend to think that our kids can’t remember zero to five, so it doesn’t really matter what happened in zero to five. They are coding experiences from zero to five and what we call an implicit memory. So it’s like an unconscious memory and that will keep it down in body and in behavior, […]

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Dr. Karen Villa Part 6: Neuropsychology Insights for Healthy Brain Development

“The quality of experiences and relationships and childhood impact brain development in a really profound way, which stood in contradiction to that ‘things are genetic purely and set in stone.’ So that’s the idea of interpersonal neurobiology: our experiences are the architects of our minds.“ Dr. Karen Villa Sr. John Dominic, O.P.: Welcome to ‘Mind […]

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Re-wiring Our Brains for Good

My name is Dr. Karen Villa. I am a developmental neural psychologist who works with children and families. My focus is on providing learning characteristic evaluations and working with children who are showing anxiety, attention, and concentration disorders. The field of study I subscribe to is called interpersonal neural biology. The basic idea is that […]

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Creating an Army of Goodness

Most Reverend Earl Boyea: I believe one of the reasons why living a virtuous life is thought to be so difficult is because our culture says, “Do whatever you feel like doing at any given moment.” Our culture encourages us to simply be responsive to stimuli; we are subliminally urged by our consumerist culture to […]

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Why is Virtue Essential in Our Culture?

In our popular culture, a lot of people think of religion as a duty, as a series of do’s and don’t’s. In fact, it’s a whole way of life – a relationship that brings us joy. All relationships require discipline, sacrifice, and commitment. Virtues provide this, helping us move along a path to grow and […]

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