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Transference: 13 Reasons Your “Connection” Could Be False

Have you ever heard of the term transference? Do you know what it means?

Would you know you are experiencing it if you came across someone who reminded you of someone else?

When I ask these questions during my group seminars for parents I often get blank stares. Those blank stares typically occur because the parents either don't know what transference is, have never heard of it before, or has little insight into if and when...
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Commitment

Together, Against, Apart

Linda: In the field of couples counseling, a great deal is explored about the together aspect of relationships with attention placed on the critical importance of commitment, open communication, caring, and emotional and sexual intimacy. There is also a strong emphasis placed on learning...
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9 Signs Of Psychological and Emotional Manipulation

Control.

Have you ever experienced it at the hands of someone close to you? What about with a spouse, colleague, a boss, a friend, or a family member? Sometimes you may even be controlled by a neighbor!

Control is a powerful word. It is a powerful force within the human race. It denotes a power to dictate, influence, maneuver, or direct.

If you look up the term "control," it is synonymous with intimidating words including: sway, authority,...
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Understanding Mental Health Jail

I come across a lot of families that struggle navigating through the jail mental health system.  I remember one time I spoke with a family member desperate to keep his sibling in jail to avoid her from being discharged back to the street, back to her...
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childhood trauma

4 Reasons You Grew Up Feeling Not Good Enough


Many people have grown up in an environment where their parents, siblings, family members, teachers, peers, and similarly significant persons told them that they are not good enough. Some of these messages are explicit, while others are covert and very subtle, sometimes to the degree where the child is not even aware something wrong is happening.

Here, we will look at four common childhood reasons why a person grows up into an adult who feels or believes...
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World Bipolar Day 2018

Well here we are once again: World Bipolar Day. This is a strange day for me. It is a day to mourn loss and celebrate victories however small. Geez, what I have put this body of mine through. Nearly killing myself on more than one...
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childhood trauma

Why People Grow Up Idealizing Their Parents and Upbringing

“With nothing and no one to judge them against, we assume them to be perfect parents. As our world broadens beyond our crib, we develop a need to maintain this image of perfection as a defense against the great unknowns we increasingly encounter. As long as we believe our parents are perfect, we feel protected.”
— Susan Forward, Toxic Parents


Babies and small children are new to the world and their brains and minds are still developing. The...
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