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.
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.
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.