Standing Up for Yourself

shutterstock_138511955It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if your parents never modeled it for you or if you’re in relationships where you tend to feel devalued.  But assertiveness is a skill you can learn,

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Can a Narcissist Change?

Can a Narcissist Change?

Many of us are involved with narcissists (people who have difficulty empathizing with others, and behave accordingly, often manipulatively.)  The narcissist may be your parent, your significant other, even your child.  

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How to be Present

shutterstock_159921983In this social media-saturated, smart phone world, it’s harder than ever to be present.  And healthy relationships require presence.  Giving someone your full and undivided attention makes them feel valued and secure.  

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Healing Past Hurts, Opening Up Again

shutterstock_194030540For some people, opening up comes easily (maybe too easily–which leaves them prey to manipulation or rejection or worse.)  Some people never open up at all.  The healthiest approach is the middle ground: Finding a person who is worth trusting,

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Who Should You Trust?

shutterstock_161941682Once you’ve been burned (especially if it’s by a parent in your early life), it can be hard to open up again.  In some cases, with some people, you really shouldn’t open up.  

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Instant Self-Esteem Boosters

shutterstock_159890216Maybe you’ve been in a slump lately.  Maybe it’s situational (you lost your job, and the market’s brutal, or are having relationship issues.)  Maybe you’re chronically struggling with self-esteem.  

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