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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. 


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A Traumatized Child: 14 Burdens of A Parent

How would you describe your parent or family caregiver? Are (or were) they supportive, loving, and caring? Did they meet some if not most of your emotional and psychological needs? Good parents don't get recognized as much as they should. As a product of a very dedicated, loving, and self-less mother, I can say that a good parent makes all the difference in a cold and empty world. As a youngster, we look to our parents or guardians to protect, love, and nurture us. Unfortunately, none of us are immune to trauma and even if your childhood was the best anyone could have, trauma has a way of eroding the positive memories. This article will highlight some of the main challenges of good parents and guardians. It is important that you know I am not only referring to parents in this article, despite the title. I am also referring to family caregivers (i.e., aunts or uncles, grandparents, Godmother or fathers, etc) and guardians or adopted/foster parents.


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What Is Trauma? 9 Things We Fail To Understand

What comes to your mind when you hear the word trauma? Do you think of physical or psychological trauma? Do you have preconceived notions about how trauma may affect human development? Sadly, many people struggle to understand the emotional, psychological, and/or physical toll trauma can have on overall health. Trauma tears families apart. It divides and sadly, in some cases, it conquers. This article will highlight some of the things I have seen, in my profession and life, that is difficult for others to understand about trauma. I have narrowed these things down to 9 for the purpose of keeping things structured and succinct.


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Traumatic Experience: 8 Misconceptions of Childhood Trauma

What is trauma? How would you describe it? If I were to quiz you on trauma would you know how to define it? You might say something like trauma is a negative experience that you cannot forget or move past. I would give you an A+ but also challenge you to consider different situations in which trauma occurs and the impact on the victim. For example, we all know that a child who has been abused and neglected or has seen something horrific would most likely be traumatized. But would you also consider a 3-month-old baby who has been severely neglected to be traumatized? Would you consider an adult, who has a history of trauma, to still suffer from the trauma? These questions will be answered in this article including a video on traumatic experience.