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Atychiphobia: 3 Signs You Fear Failure

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. 


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Cranky After Thanksgiving? 5 Ways To Stay Balanced

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.


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3 Tips For Managing Unstable Family During The Holiday

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." 


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Family And Holidays: 5 Challenges You May Face

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. 


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Family Chaos: Myths & Challenges of Family Therapy

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.


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Sheer Evil or Dysfunction? 10 Signs of Deep-Seeded Evil

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.


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Suspect Suicidal Thoughts? 6 Questions You Cannot Forget To Ask

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.


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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.