10 Unbelievable Behaviors Of The Narcissist

Do you know what narcissistic personality disorder is? Would you be able to spot it if you had to? For most people, their belief is that narcissism is "easy" to spot because laymen and pop psychology characterize narcissism as selfish ambition, arrogance, cockiness, inconsiderate of others, and a strong desire to be at the "top of the game."

But narcissism is truly difficult to spot in everyday life because some of the kindest and nicest people could be a narcissist hiding under a facade. Narcissism doesn't always shine through the moment you meet someone. In fact, narcissism may not fully bloom until you've married the person, accepted a job from a company led by a narcissist, or after many years of knowing the person. In reality, narcissistic personality traits are often hidden by the person's ability to "act" ways they know other people like.

Although you are probably familiar with the millions of articles already written on this topic, this article will highlight the most dangerous narcissistic traits you should avoid in your life. 


Holiday Preparation: 5 Challenges You May Encounter

What is your perspective on the holiday season this year?

Did it come too fast for you? Or are you ready?

There are mixed emotions this year from so many people I know and I'm not sure we, as a society, understand why. Some people hint at the fact that our country is in such chaos that celebrating a holiday seems selfish, misdirected, and difficult.

This article will discuss 5 challenges you may be facing this holiday season.


Childhood: 5 Ways To Overcome Grief & Trauma


What comes to mind when you hear that term?

Does it seem like something you should do when you are ready?

Does it seem like something you will never be able to do?

Do you believe that acceptance means forgiveness, denial, or contentedness? If so, allow me to expand your view of acceptance through this article.

This article will discuss the grief & loss process while also highlighting what acceptance means. I also offer tips on hope to cope with each stage.


Intergenerational Trauma: Negative Talk That Keeps You Stuck

Do you think you may have experienced inter-generational trauma in your family?

Do you think it made a lasting impact on your behaviors, perceptions, and level of motivation in life?

If so, you are certainly not alone.

In this article, I will be discussing what this looks like and the various ways it negatively impacts your development throughout the lifespan.

It doesn't just stop the moment you become an adult. Inter-generational trauma is a "lifespan" issue.


12 Ways To Spot Unhealthy Relationship Boundaries

Do you know how to make someone respect your boundaries? Would you know what to say or do to keep your boundaries firm?

Most people struggle with boundaries because we, as a society, tend to see things at face value and with the intent of communicating in a peaceful manner. We hardly ever anticipate that someone would mistreat or misuse us.

This article will discuss and highlight 12 characteristics of someone with unhealthy relationship boundaries.


Healing From Traumatic Family Narcissism

Do you feel that you have been the victim of narcissism in your family?

What kind of narcissist do you feel you have dealt with?

Most people describe covert (vulnerable) narcissists as being one of the most detrimental forces in their lives because of the passive-aggressive nature and behavior of this type of narcissist.

In this article (and video) I discuss this concept a bit future and offer tips on how to heal from this kind of family.


5 Challenges Often Mistaken For Anxiety

What do you know about anxiety?

If you were quizzed on anxiety would you be able to identify it?

When I meet clients for the first time I ask about symptoms of anxiety to help me narrow down a diagnosis and a treatment course. I've learned over time that symptoms of other disorders or challenges in life can begin to look like anxiety when they are not.

In this article, I discuss 5 mental health, behavioral health, and situational challenges often mistaken for anxiety.


Family Dysfunction: 3+Ways To Overcome Family Narcissism

Would you consider yourself to have a healthy family?

Would you say that your family is a loving family that makes you feel secure and valued?

If so, that's wonderful! But sadly, for most people, family is another burden they have to learn to cope with in their daily life.

Narcissistic and self-centered family members are a given in dysfunctional families. Boundaries are fluid, values are confusing, ethical behavior doesn't exist, and abuse as well as trauma is often likely to occur.

In this article, I discuss family narcissism and 3+ ways to overcome it.


The Fragmented Self: 8 Misconceptions Of Trauma

What is emotional and psychological trauma? How would you describe it?

If I were to quiz you on trauma would you know how to define it? You might say something like trauma is a negative experience that you cannot forget or move past. I would give you an A+ but also challenge you to consider different situations in which trauma occurs and the impact on the victim.

For example, we all know that a child who has been abused and neglected or has seen something horrific would most likely be traumatized.

But would you also consider a 3-month-old baby who has been severely neglected to be traumatized? Would you consider an adult, who has a history of trauma, to still suffer from the trauma?

These questions will be answered in this article including a video on the fragmented pieces of themselves trauma victims are left with. 


7 Signs Trauma Has You Stuck

Trauma is a powerful word.  Many people almost stagger when I mention that I believe they have experienced "trauma." When clients hear me label some of their most disturbing and unhealthy experiences as "trauma" they look puzzled.
This article will focus on 7 ways trauma negatively affects us and offer tips on how to cope or move forward. 


BPD Diagnosis: 10 Common Fears

Do you know someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

Are you diagnosed with it yourself?

How did the person (or you) accept or deal with the diagnosis?

As a therapist who has worked with both adults and adolescents with borderline traits, I have seen my fair share of denial, resentment, and even outright rage expressed in sessions when the word BPD comes up. I had a previous adolescent client ask me to stop using the term BPD while discussing her challenges because "I don't believe I have that. If I don't believe I have that, then neither should you." Stunned by this attempt at controlling a professional, I offered to emphasize only the symptoms and leave the label behind, at least during the hour of psychotherapy.

This article will explore some of the fears that clients may have about being labeled with BPD.