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9 Signs You Are Being Emotionally Controlled & How To Stop It



Control.

Have you ever experienced it at the hands of someone close to you? A spouse, colleague, a boss, a friend, or a family member? Sometimes even a neighbor!

Control is a powerful word. It is a powerful force within the human race. It denotes a power to dictate, influence, maneuver, or direct something. If you looked up the term "control" it is synonymous with words such as: sway, authority, jurisdiction, command, dominance, mastery, sovereignty, supremacy,...
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Is Every Bad Event Traumatic? 11 Circumstances We Tend To Ignore

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...
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15 Things Not To Do With Someone With Borderline Personality

Do you know the things you should do or the things you should say to someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD)? If not, join the millions of people who don't. It is challenging to know what to say, how to say it, and when to say it to avoid problems, challenges, or conflicts with someone who has BPD. Things get even worse if there are other individuals with BPD around.

Despite these truths, compassion and...
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10 Barriers To Effective Mental Health Treatment

What is effective treatment? Would you be able to describe or define it if you had to?

Most people would struggle to define effective treatment because there is no real consensus on what that is. For many clients, "effective treatment" is being able to connect with the therapist, develop a trusting relationship, and heal from challenges faced in life. Sounds easy enough right? Not so much. Effective treatment cannot occur if there are...
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7 Signs of Racial “Group Think” and Group Polarization

Group Polarization

How did you feel this past weekend (Friday to Sunday) about the events taking place in Charlottesville Virginia? Did you watch the events? Did you follow the events online? Although it is the home of the University of Virginia, it became the home of pure racial tension, ignorance, and extreme identity fusion between the members of the group. In psychology, this is regarded as group polarization and group think.

This article will briefly...
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Manipulation: 15 Tactics A “User” Will Use To Control You

Can you think of a time in your life where you have been the victim of manipulation because the other person made it seem urgent that you respond, help, or get involved? You may have eventually found out that there was no urgency at all.

I call this behavior "psychological/emotional urgency." It is a "tactic" that users employ to manipulate in order to get you to respond. So how do you identify when a user is...
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10 Signs of Psychopathy and Sociopathy

What comes to mind when you hear the terms psy-cho-pathy or soci-o-pathy? Do you think murderer, lying, or manipulation? If so, you are correct. Psychoathy and sociopathy are different terms to describe a set of different characteristics and motivators of the individual displaying symptoms. Thankfully, most of society does not meet criteria for these disorders. However, about 1% of the general population displays symptoms and about 25% of the male jail population displays symptoms...
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7 Things Psychiatric Hospitals Cannot Do

What do you expect from a psychiatric hospital? Before you (or someone you know) goes, what are you expecting to happen?

Last week I discussed suicide and the challenges often faced for sufferers or those who are connected to the sufferer. But this week I will engage us in exploring the topic of hospitalization, which is often something that occurs for those who are having suicidal thoughts.

For people who have experience with...
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