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J. Nicole Little Archive

(L)inked – the force of connection and belonging

I have always admired the art of tattoos, and the historical significance they hold in many communities.  We can see how the recent fame of Quannah Chasinghorse, who is Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota, has given space to speak to the cultural reclamation of tattooing, and we can also see how the wider cultural uptake […]

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Just a Minute!

If anyone did a digital autopsy of me, they would discover that I enjoy watching some pretty mindless stuff, mostly as part of my self care plan around daily humour (think of it as Vitamin V – as in VARIEs).  But what they would also discover is my love affair with reading articles about “efficiency” […]

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Moving to the country, going to meet a lot of people…

I have lived in some pretty small and/or remote places in my adult life.  I did a couple of seasons at Lake Agnes Tea House in Lake Louise, Alberta, hauling water from a pristine glacier fed lake, having my groceries delivered via horseback, and navigating evenings with candles and headlamps.  One year, I was tasked […]

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Rules!

If you are a RO therapist or client, you will know that the therapy introduces 5 Behavioural Themes in individual sessions.  The 5 themes are: Inhibited Emotional Expression Overly Cautious and Hyper-Vigilant Rigid and Rule Governed Behaviour Aloof and Distant Relationships Envy and Bitterness The purpose of introducing these themes is to gather social signalling […]

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Kindness First and Foremost

I have been giving some extra thoughts these days to Lesson 17 from the Skills Manual.  As I reflected in my last blog, British Columbia has a provincial health officer whose motto is “Be kind, be calm, be safe.”  Everyone in my province has been reminded of this daily though COVID updates, but also through […]

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Compulsive Striving in a time of COVID

Well, as it turns out, I have a super fan of my blog postings!  Her name is Judy, and yes, she is my mom (Hi mom!).  She mentioned in passing that she had not seen a blog post in a while on this site.  I told her that since the pandemic hit the globe, not […]

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Sneaky Work Strikes Again!

As a card carrying OC, I find reward in accomplishing tasks. Vacations and time off are a challenge. I’ve written book chapters in Hawaii and the outer banks of North Carolina, staring at my computer screen while breathtakingly beautiful beaches are just a few feet away. I’ve answered mundane emails while in Japan, and spent […]

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OC Approach coping out of control!

I would like to think that I am not “into” my phone.  And I don’t mean the rotary phone in my house that we wow the neighbourhood kids with 🙂  I am referring to my cell phone.  Perhaps I have some secret pride about this, BTW, but I guess it is not so secret if […]

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Yes, we have no bananas

As regular readers might know, I am traveling more these days with delivering intensive trainings in RO DBT.  It has been an absolute privilege and delight to train alongside Tom, Erica, Kristen and Sophie.  My mother in law commented prior to the last trip: “You sure have met some good friends on this journey, eh?” […]

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Best Thing to Pack When Travelling? Flexible Mind

I have an enduring old story that “I am not a traveller.”  As someone who leans to OC, I naturally prefer structure, routine and predictable outcomes.  I hate public loos (but know where they all are), not knowing what bus to catch or making mistakes in another language.  The first time I went to France […]

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A Novel Idea: Bibliotherapy in RO DBT – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

One of the things I love about working with clients who lean to overcontrol is that generally speaking, they are articulate, intelligent and due to their risk and social adverse nature, often very well read and creative.  Long before I began working in the RO DBT realm, I was a keen proponent of bibliotherapy.  Bibliotherapy […]

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Oberon’s Cape

The year I was cast as Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream was supposed to be the highlight of my high school experience.  Contrary to popular belief, people who lean to overcontrol (of which I am one) often excel in activities that involve audiences.  This can include public speaking, teaching, and positions of leadership.  As […]

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