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.
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.
Would you ever attend a family session with your family? Family therapy can truly be either a saving grace or a boxing ring. For many of my uncertain clients, it's a boxing ring full of traps, snakes, confusion, and drama. No matter how much I attempt to convince some of my clients that family therapy (depending on the kind of therapist you have) can be helpful. The fear of the session becoming a living breathing soap opera is real. In this article, I will discuss this fear a bit further and offer you a video on how family dynamics can truly affect your self-esteem. Please note that my intent is not to discourage you from family therapy but rather to give you a realistic and relatable article to process.
What do you think of tragedies like the one that happened at a Pittsburgh Synagogue on Saturday morning? How would you characterize evil? Do you feel the term is only relevant to movies? For me, evil is relevant to the world we live in today. It is characterized by profoundly immoral behavior that is malevolent. It is supernatural and not always explained away by common terms found in our dictionary. This article will discuss some of the actions and characteristics that can be very threatening (and downright evil) to others. I discuss part of my concept of what evil is. Note: Please note this article is about individuals who are vindictive, harmful, and intentionally careless. TRIGGER WARNING: The video and topic may be disturbing to some.
Have you ever thought of suicide? Have you ever considered what life might be like if you were not around anymore? What about having thoughts of dying after the loss of something important to you, such as a child, a spouse, a possession that meant a lot, or some kind of relationship that contributed positively to your life? If so, that is absolutely okay, as many people have "flirted" with the idea of ending the emotional and psychological (and sometimes physical) pain that feels imprisoning. Thankfully, we are living in an educated culture that seems to be more understanding of the topic of suicide. In this article, I will be discussing questions that you'd always want to ask someone who may be thinking about taking their own life.
Have you ever spoken to someone with delusions? Would you know a delusion if you encountered one? What about a person experiencing a hallucination? If you found yourself shaking your head "no" to these questions, that's okay because you are not alone. This article will engage you in exploring the experience of those who struggle with delusions.
What happens to you, emotionally and psychologically, when you watch the news? What happens when you hear of devastating news within your family, at your workplace, or in society at large? For many of us, the first response is often shock, then fear, and perhaps anger or resentment. For individuals who have a history of trauma, repeatedly watching the news or hearing of traumatic events can cause regression into further trauma symptoms or a need for more intense therapy. This article will highlight and discuss the ways the media (including social media) can negatively affect us all including individuals with trauma histories. I will also offer tips on how to cope.
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.
Acceptance. 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.
Do you know someone who fits the description of a sociopath? Do you know someone who fits the description of a "sociopathic narcissist?" If so, you certainly aren't alone. There is a plethora of articles, videos, and blog posts on this topic. So you may be asking "why are we talking about this again?" It is important to perceive a sociopath as potentially dangerous once you recognize steady traits and behaviors. In this article, I will discuss potentially dangerous sociopathic behaviors you should be aware of. I include a video on explosive anger as well.
Do you know someone who tends to take every little thing you say personally and holds a long-term grudge against you? What do you think the problem is? Is it the offense itself or could it possibly be the personality of the offended? Sometimes it's both. The negative effects of living with a rageful, angry, selfish, and domineering person can be significant. The emotional, psychological, and physiological effects can also be great. A raging personality can also turn into a calm and polite personality depending on the situation. This is what keeps everyone confused and unassuming. It is certainly not easy to live with or cope with this type of personality. This article will discuss ways you can respond/not respond as your best weapon of defense.