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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. 


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Traumatic Stress: 11 Circumstances We Fail To See As Traumatic

What do you know about trauma? What makes a traumatic situation traumatic? Emotional and psychological trauma affects about 26% of the child US population. About 60% of adults report experiencing trauma in some form as a child. When speaking with families who have experienced trauma, I often explain it to be an event or circumstance that negatively affects an individual who does not have the appropriate coping skills/tools to overcome the trauma. Trauma can result from any circumstance that outweighs your ability to cope. Simply put, the event is terrifying, unnerving, and unexpected. For many of us, unexpected events can bring a host of anxious thoughts and feelings including depressed mood. This article will discuss 11 situations we often don't realize are very traumatizing.


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9 Signs Of Traumatic Bonding: “Why Do I Love My Abuser?”

Do you find yourself picturing a loved one in your mind? Are you thinking about an experience that still hasn't left you? After giving a presentation at a conference, in 2014, of parents and families who have lived through years of abuse, I recognized that not many people understood the full definition of traumatic bonding. The ones who did know what the term meant either minimized it or maximized it as an influence in their lives. This article will discuss traumatic bonding and provides some examples of 9 signs you may be experiencing this phenomenon.


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Dark World Of Suicide: 17 Things I’ve Learned

On average, every 2 weeks, someone jumps from San Fransisco's 4, 200 foot long Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is considered to be the "prime location" for carrying out a suicide. Why? Because the bridge not only sits high up above the waters and is 4, 200 feet long, but is also known to have "assisted" in the suicide of at least 3,000 or more people, according to research. This is a terrifying reality. One of the reasons for why this is terrifying is because 3,000 people wanted to die. What about their lives was so hard that they couldn't stand living? This high number staggers me each time I look at it. This article will discuss 17 things I have learned about suicide along the way as a psychotherapist. I will also add some details from research on suicide. 


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Trauma: 9 Things We Fail To Understand

What comes to your mind when you hear the word trauma? Do you think of physical or psychological trauma? Do you have preconceived notions about how trauma may affect human development? Sadly, many people struggle to understand the emotional, psychological, and/or physical toll trauma can have on overall health. Trauma tears families apart. It divides and sadly, in some cases, it conquers. This article will highlight some of the things I have seen, in my profession and life, that is difficult for others to understand about trauma. I have narrowed these things down to 9 for the purpose of keeping things structured and succinct.


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Trauma: 7 Signs You Haven’t Healed From Trauma

Have you ever experienced a traumatic situation? Do you feel you have overcome the negative effects of the trauma? Trauma is a powerful word.  Many clients who see me almost stagger when I mention I believe they have experienced trauma. When clients hear me label some of their most disturbing and unhealthy experiences as trauma they look puzzled. Interestingly, most people are coming around to labeling their experiences as traumatic. But some people struggle with the idea that their experience(s) may have been traumatic because these people identify trauma as sexual or physical abuse, domestic violence, or a serious car crash. This article will focus on7  signs that you haven't healed from your trauma and offer tips on how to cope or move forward. 


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A Fragmented Self: 8 Misconceptions of Childhood 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. 


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Why Black History Month Matters To Psychotherapy

What do you know about Black History Month? What do you know about Black History Month and psychotherapy? Considering that I am a multi-race individual I can tell you that there are a lot of dynamics to digest for people of color during Black History Month. The dynamics become more complex and interwoven when we integrate the topic of psychology. Sadly, there are many individuals of color in America who suffer from psychiatric and behavioral disorders but who tend to go overlooked as a result of a lack of mental healthcare. In this article, I will discuss some of those disparities and provide you with a video of the complex view of this month.


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How Mental Health Providers Diagnose: 6 Main Factors

When you are getting a diagnosis from your doctor what typically runs through your mind? Are you thinking that your doctor couldn't possibly have come up with the correct answer so fast? Are you concerned that you are being misdiagnosed? If so, you can join the millions of Americans who have thought and felt the same way. It can feel like a complete loss of power and control to accept a diagnosis from someone who has only known you for 20 minutes. In this video, I discuss the process most mental health professionals and mental health specialists use to arrive at your diagnosis.


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MLK Day: 5 Qualities Our Society Truly Needs Today

When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King today, what comes to mind for you? Do you find yourself wishing for the same society of peace, unity, love, and acceptance that Dr. King had fought for? I know I do. The audacity of some to internalize prejudice, discrimination, and hatred within their heart, mind, and soul. As if life isn't hard enough, we have to fight for the equal right to live. This article is written (and published) to acknowledge a man with class, dignity, and honor. It is also written to remind us of the power of grace.


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10 Ways To Assess & Respond To Narcissists

How would you describe a selfish individual? What about them makes them selfish? Have you taken notice to their entitlement, arrogance, and lack of empathy? If so, you're a few steps ahead of most people. Sadly, research suggests that narcissists and sociopaths have a tendency to deceive most people they come in contact with. Some research suggests that over 158 million people in the U.S. have been negatively impacted. It is a real fight. This article will discuss some of the tips I share with clients who are struggling with selfish, narcissistic individuals.