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Four Major Lessons about the Grief Process

Not long ago I was interviewed by Blake Fletcher at the Half Hour Intern podcast and one thing stood out:

Blake is committed to personal development and mental health and his guests are stellar.

Beyond my interview about neuro-linguistic programming, Blake recently featured Will Jiang, the bestselling author of 63 books on mental health.

Will Jiang suffers from schizophrenia and his story is the epitome of inspiration. If you're in any...
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Four Causes of Unhealthy Interpersonal Relationships

This is a guest post by Darius Cikanavicius of Self-Archeology.

Interpersonal relationships can be difficult. Whether romantic, intimate, friendly, or work-related, it is common for most people to experience some sort of a problem in their relationships.

In this article, we will explore the more important reasons behind failure in interpersonal relationships and look at how it can be different.
Four causes unhealthy interpersonal relationships:

1. Ignorance

People often don’t have healthy interpersonal relationships because they don’t know what...
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Here’s Why you Feel Like a Failure, Plus 10 Facts you Should Know

Some of us feel like failures once in awhile. Others feel like failures every single day of their lives.
I am such a total failure.
I can’t do anything right.
No friends. No job. No skills. I'm a total failure.
My own family hates me. How could I be more of a failure?
There is no escape from my failures in life. I might as well be dead.
Why do people feel like failures even...
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Does this Man Have Philophobia or Fear of Falling in Love?

Philophobia is defined as the fear of falling in love or fear of emotional attachment. What follows is a real story from a man who suspects he suffers from philophobia. His fear and pain are palpable.

Disclaimer: This man's description of suspected philophobia is based on reported events, but is not attributed to a single, identifiable individual. No diagnosis of philophobia or any other disorder is intended, nor should one read this...
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Bestselling Author of 50 Books Reveals His Amazing Journey with Schizophrenia

As a mental health blogger, sometimes you run across people with a story you simply must tell. Such is the case with Will Jiang of Mental Health Books.

Will is a long-time sufferer of schizophrenia. His story is one everybody interested in mental health should read.

Fortunately, Will accepted my invitation to ask him some bold questions about his life. I jumped at the chance.

What follows are my questions and Will Jiang's answers....
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10 Areas of Self-Awareness You Should Understand

If you lack self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are won't get very far.
~ Daniel Goleman
Why is self-awareness so vital? Because distressing emotions, limiting beliefs, and self-sabotage are a natural part of being born and growing up. If you aren't self-aware, you cannot solve mental and emotional problems...
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Why Inner Conflict Is Your Most Important Issue – Plus Three Steps to Resolution

Neurotics are torn by inner conflict ... Every neurotic ... is at war with himself.
~ Karen Horney
Inner conflict is a vague term that doesn’t communicate the actual dynamic or real world symptoms suffered by a self-conflicted person.

Due to a general lack of practical information regarding inner conflict, many try to address the wide array of symptoms without understanding the inner conflict itself.

Symptom intervention often fails because the original inner conflict - the cause...
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27 Signs of Superficial Relationships

Warning: This post is one person’s opinion about the signs of superficial relationships: An opinion piece made up by the author. It’s not clinical, scientific, or based on research. It’s opinion, informed only by experience.

There is nothing wrong with superficial relationships. Not every connection in life can be deep and emotionally engaging. Superficial relationships have their place.

Some relationships are superficial...
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How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

Holidays and weight gain often go hand in hand. Still, have you ever considered how to enjoy the holidays more than ever, without gaining a single pound?

You can maintain your weight during the holidays. It’s all about self-awareness, your emotional state, and remembering a few tricks to get you past the temptations.

This post will outline simple methods to accomplish all of the above. Of course, it’s not magic. You need to decide you...
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10 Signs You Have Trust Issues and How to Begin Healing

Trust issues may be your number one obstacle to connection, warmth, and intimacy.

When you're experiencing trust issues, you cannot extend yourself, or make yourself vulnerable in relationships, which is essential to lasting success, according to experts. This post offers unmistakable signs and symptoms of trust issues and points toward their resolution.

But before we get into the 10 signs of trust issues, let’s get the bad news out of the way. The bad news about...
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