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.
When you think of the word stalker what comes to mind? Do you think violence and vengefulness? Do you think fear on the part of the stalker? Most people would agree the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the word stalker is violence and vengefulness. Only a rare number of people would consider a stalker to be someone they know. But the reality is that most stalkers are neighbors, friends, family, and even coworkers. In this article, I will be discussing stalking. You will also get a bonus video which provides greater insight into this topic.
How did your holiday go this year? Are you feeling rejuvenated or exhausted? If you are feeling exhausted you are not alone. Many of my clients have reported feeling this same way. And I can join the group as well. The holidays can be a beautiful time of the year, depending on what is going on in your life during that time. For those of us who have experienced hardship, grief, or loss and trauma over the holidays, the celebration can feel like a slap in the face. Sadly, some people feel deceived, angered, and frustrated after the holiday because hours of family fun, joyous singing and engaging in the artistic beauty of the holiday or sharing many conversations with family did not happen. For these individuals, the holidays is a "rip-off." In this article, I will discuss the feeling of grief and loss after the holidays and use the 5 stages of grief to help you understand what you may be going through right now.
How did you spend your Christmas this year? Were you happy to see it come? Or were you happy to see it go? Christmas is certainly the most beautiful time of the year. But most people struggle with conceptualizing how to celebrate a holiday when so many things are going on in the world and in one's life. In this video, I discussed a few ways to cope with Christmas. I would like to share these with you here.
Are you ready for Christmas and the New Year? Are you in the "Christmas spirit" this year? Sadly, a lot of people are struggling with this because of everything we, as a nation, have had to experience (i.e, police brutality and murder, massacres, national violence, the opioid epidemic, etc.). We also cannot forget that we have our own lives to manage. In this article, I will discuss my top 4 reasons for why most people struggle (including my new and older clients) with Christmas.
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 (and webinar), 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.
Think back to your childhood for a moment. Was it a time of "practice" and experimentation that was met with resistance or acceptance? If your childhood was a time where your parents or guardians met everything you did with judgment and resistance, it wouldn't surprise me if you were afraid to fail. In this article, I will discuss Atychiphobia and a few signs you may fear failure.
Have you ever noticed a change in society's mood after the holiday(s)? Do you see the breakdown in communication after the kindness typically shown during the holidays? If so, you're not alone. In fact, some previous research and legends suggest that there seems to be an increase in pathology after the holiday which seems to be related to a variety of factors. In this article, I will suggest 5 ways to stay balanced during this time of year.
What's one thing you'd like to avoid this holiday season with your family? For most people that would be unwarranted gossip, judgmental family members, and drama. That's not much to ask for right? Sadly, holiday time for some families is when most of this stuff seems to happen which causes the family drama at the dinner table we all so desperately try to avoid. In this article, I discuss ways to cope with this kind of "family crisis."
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.