Mothers and Fear of Failure

Christopher SardegnaNo one likes failing or the rush of negative feeling that comes along with it; it’s equally true that all of us—no matter how smart, gifted, or alert—will experience a variety of failures and setbacks over the course of our lives.

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Mothers and Verbal Abuse: A Poisonous Secret

Locks Annie SprattThere’s one proverb that makes my blood roil: “Sticks and stones may break my bones/But words can never harm me.” Nothing but nothing could be further from the truth since science knows that the neural pathways for physical and emotional pain are one and the same (yes,

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4 Steps on the Road to Healing from Childhood

japanese-sake-cup-4aIf there is a single lament I hear from daughters working on making sense of their experiences and striving to get free of the old patterns which get in their way in the present it’s this: “Why does it take so long to heal?” The short answer is that the damage was done over time and it’s intricate so that the process of undoing it—given the lack of a magic wand—takes time and effort as well.

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Is Your Anxiety Ruining Your Relationships?

Daryn Bartlett -pulling awayThe experiences of childhood carry over into our adult lives as an unconscious pattern of responses and reactions which elude our conscious, thinking selves. An unloved daughter who’s received mixed or negative emotional signals from her mother growing up—feeling pressure to please her but never quite getting there,

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