Anxious behavior

4 Ways Positive Thinking Keeps You Stuck (So Don’t Do It!)

Growing up in a family that never encountered a cliché it didn’t embrace, I was surrounded by positive thinking. There was a tea cozy that announced that “Every cloud has a silver lining” and, at some point, a chintzy plaque that read “When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade.” Yes, it had a lemon painted on it. So, my distrust of these upbeat mottos and mantras runs deep—rightly, as it happens.
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Anger

7 Signs that the Quiet Guy is a Narcissist After All

It was only in hindsight, I’m sorry to say, that I understood what drove him. What I knew about narcissism at the time was limited to cultural stereotypes—you know, the full-of-himself extrovert, who’s super-focused on the externals, presents well, and is outwardly successful. I didn’t realize that there’s a common type of narcissist of a different stripe.
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