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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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Traumatized By News? 6 Ways The Media Harms Us

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.


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10 Ways To Assess and Respond To Selfish 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.


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Grief & Trauma: 5 Stages To Overcome

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.


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Sociopaths: 6 Potentially Dangerous Behaviors

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. 


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Anger & Rage: 10 Ways To Live With The Labile Personality

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. 


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Therapists and Touch: 5 Reasons Clients Should Be Hugged

Would you ever hug your therapist? What if that therapist were a man and you were a woman or vice versa? Would you allow your child's therapist to initiate or receive hugs? I'm a firm believer in the power of love and compassion to open doors, change minds, and renew hearts. Sometimes, in order to be of true help, we have to reach out to people in ways we would have never thought we would. And that often begins with touch or a heartfelt hug. This article will discuss touch and whether it should happen in therapy.


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Toxic Behaviors: 12 Examples of Unhealthy 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. But toxic relationships tend to be those relationships that push us far beyond our boundaries. Having a relationship with a toxic person is like standing on the edge of a ledge hoping not to fall. Every aspect of that relationship is uncertain and you may find yourself experiencing a lot of insecurity. This article will discuss and highlight 12 characteristics of someone with unhealthy boundaries. *Video included.


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Triangulation: 2 Practical Ways To Understand A Triangle

Do you know someone who takes pleasure in dragging any and everyone down with spreading rumors or lies, starting arguments and getting everyone involved, or keeping problems going by including people who should not be included? If so, you are not alone. Triangulation is something that emotionally unstable individuals use to either manipulate or confuse a situation. In some cases, the triangulation is unintentional but habitual. If you have never heard of the term "triangulate" or "triangulation?" If not, that's okay because it's typically a concept used in and mainly used in trauma-informed therapy. The term is typically used to describe an individual who creates drama or confusion using 3 or more people in a situation. This article will explain triangulation and help you explore the problems that result from someone who engages in this behavior. 


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Experiencing Trauma: 7 Signs You Haven’t Healed Yet

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 on 7 signs that you haven't healed from your trauma and offer tips on how to cope or move forward.