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6 Powerful Tips To Remember When You Are Doing An Intervention On A Loved One Or How Not To Lose Your Sh*t When Doing An Intervention

Prince died-probably of an overdose. Addiction is everywhere. So sad.

A group of women came up to me at a baseball game a few weeks ago and asked how my trip to Texas went. “I heard you were out of town. Awesome! Was it fun?"

I am a terrible liar, so I told the truth. “Actually, I flew down to Texas to do an alcohol intervention on someone I know. At least the...
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Relationship Problems? Try Going Neutral

Relationship problems take shape in many ways. Joannie came to my office extremely angry with her mother-in-law. No matter what Joannie did, her mother-in-law was critical, inconsiderate, or never satisfied. She would show up late to events, even make snide remarks aimed at Joannie's efforts. Why the mother-in-law seemed to go out of her way to be hurtful was beyond Joannie's understanding. She kept trying to please, but nothing seemed to work; the MIL would not budge. Joannie tried talking about her feelings to her mother-in-law. That backfired. The MIL made herself out to be the victim. Afterward, she held a grudge and twisted Joannie's words. The MIL did not change. What Changed? 
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When You Think You Should Know, But Can’t Decide

Maybe you know how this goes: You have a plan. In this case: Position myself in 2015 to register in September for Ironman Wisconsin 2016. Then, things don’t go according to plan. Questions swirl, not just any questions but questions dressed in a dark cloud. 1) Am I sure? 2) Should I push myself or be compassionate with myself and ease up? 3) How do I know I am making the best choice? I know this swirl well. Do you know it?
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Are You Bored With Your Life?

Bored? Explore. You never know what you might find.

If you tell my 80-year-old dad you're bored, he'll tell you, "Boredom is a privilege." He said he heard this from a taxi driver in NYC about a decade ago, and he never forgot it. That cab ride held an "ah-ha" moment for him, I guess, and it's recently that I'm catching on.

Boredom can be a good thing or a bad thing. It depends on how you handle it.

Bad boredom

Some women cause a stir when bored....
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Strategies In Facing Conflict: Conflict Avoiders Take Note!

  Women have a tendency to be conflict avoiders. Of course there are big (and memorable) exceptions. You don't want to be either one of these people because, in the long run, neither extremes will be productive for you or the other party. Womens' passivity in conflict is complicated. We are socialized to be cooperative and to be pleasers. In addition, if we do veer off this role, there can be big societal consequences. B-I-T-C-H. Luckily, I think the current generations are moving away from this more and more. But, the fear of conflict remains. Fear of conflict is a theme I hear repeatedly with friends, colleagues, and with my clients in therapy.
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7 Ways People Create Conflict

Conflict is everywhere. We see it on the news amongst countries. Living in the city, I see road rage every day. Yesterday, a man kicked another man's car. That guy tore off leaving the kicker in a street-corner rant.

Conflict between friends, family or colleagues can have a big impact on our inner life. This is not to say that the guy who had his car kicked wasn't...
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She’s Ruining My Life Every Day: Workplace Bullies

The Psychology of Women once again welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. She is a self-titled Giveaway Girl. Today, Lauren offers insights about how to handle #workprobs — workplace bullies.
A Tale of Two Entirely Different Workplace Bullies

Dealing with workplace bullies leaves me feeling completely disempowered at times. That’s not surprising for a Giveaway...
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The Greatest Secret To Improving Your Relationship Is…

  Improve yourself! I mean it. If you like yourself, you are happier in your relationships. A good friend told me her husband was pissing her off. “I can't stand him anymore,” she said.  Sometimes, we adults can sound a lot like the complaints I hear from my kids about school. “She does this! She does that!” And a mom’s response, “Don’t think about what other people are doing. Take care of your business.” Or my personal favorite, "Cook on your own grill." Bing! This isn’t that much different sometimes. So my advice to my friend  starts with this: Focus on you now. Fulfill yourself first because when you are fulfilled and feel the security that comes with that, you are much less likely to get annoyed with other people, judge other people, get irritated by other people. This is especially true of an intimate partner.  (A study in the Journal of Psychology, 2009, asserts this self-conception-perception of partner
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Feeling Cupid or Feeling Crushed on Valentine’s Day

The Psychology of Women once again welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. She is a self-titled Giveaway Girl. Today, Lauren gets to the heart of Valentine's Day.
Wow, do I know what it’s like to be the Giveaway Girl on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately for my significant other, Valentine’s Day only fell two months after we started dating...
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