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7 Ways People Create Conflict

Conflict is everywhere. We see it on the news amongst countries. Living in the city, I see road rage every day. Yesterday, a man kicked another man's car. That guy tore off leaving the kicker in a street-corner rant.

Conflict between friends, family or colleagues can have a big impact on our inner life. This is not to say that the guy who had his car kicked wasn't...


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Tina’s Story of Power Over Her Condition


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The Psychology of Women once again welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. Today, Lauren introduces us to Tina.
March is Women’s History Month and I’d like to bring a new twist to it. Instead of paying tribute to empowered heroines...


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She’s Ruining My Life Every Day: Workplace Bullies

The Psychology of Women once again welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. She is a self-titled Giveaway Girl. Today, Lauren offers insights about how to handle #workprobs — workplace bullies.
A Tale of Two Entirely Different Workplace Bullies

Dealing with workplace bullies leaves me feeling completely disempowered at times. That’s not surprising for a Giveaway...


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The Greatest Secret To Improving Your Relationship Is…

  Improve yourself! I mean it. If you like yourself, you are happier in your relationships. A good friend told me her husband was pissing her off. “I can't stand him anymore,” she said.  Sometimes, we adults can sound a lot like the complaints I hear from my kids about school. “She does this! She does that!” And a mom’s response, “Don’t think about what other people are doing. Take care of your business.” Or my personal favorite, "Cook on your own grill." Bing! This isn’t that much different sometimes. So my advice to my friend  starts with this: Focus on you now. Fulfill yourself first because when you are fulfilled and feel the security that comes with that, you are much less likely to get annoyed with other people, judge other people, get irritated by other people. This is especially true of an intimate partner.  (A study in the Journal of Psychology, 2009, asserts this self-conception-perception of partner


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Feeling Cupid or Feeling Crushed on Valentine’s Day

The Psychology of Women once again welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. She is a self-titled Giveaway Girl. Today, Lauren gets to the heart of Valentine's Day.
Wow, do I know what it’s like to be the Giveaway Girl on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately for my significant other, Valentine’s Day only fell two months after we started dating...


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Divorce and Giving It Away

The Psychology of Women welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. She is a self-titled Giveaway Girl. Today, Lauren offers insight into the difficulties of divorce as seen through her interviews with women and the professionals guiding them.
Like many of you, I know what it’s like to be a Giveaway Girl. I am...


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Men Have Trouble Expressing Their Emotions

Men have difficulty expressing their emotions.

Steady Eddie tells his wife everything is fine and never complains. He never gets upset about anything. He doesn’t really get that excited about anything either. When his wife asks him if he is worried about his job when the company gets taken over and everybody’s job is getting slashed, he shakes his head no and responds with an “It is what it is.” Weirdly, he...


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Why Don’t You Want Me?

Why don’t you want me?

Is there something inherently wrong with this car because I didn't want it?

I went car shopping recently. I needed an automobile that fit certain requirements: Space to carry ___ number of people, good gas mileage, particular price, small enough to maneuver from alley into garage and vice versa. I found a few cars that matched. I looked at them. I drove them. Some I liked. Some...


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New Year Perspectives: No, You Will Never Have That Kind of Positive Self-Esteem

The author, Cherilynn Veland.

The New Year brings opportunities for new insight, growth, and positive change. I want to share one of my most impactful life lessons.

Years ago, I spoke with a highly regarded motivational counselor and coach about how I could improve my self-esteem. I went on and on to her about how I had been through years of therapy, faced all my fears, achieved my professional goals, but I still did not have the confidence and...


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Expectations and Disappointment During the Holidays

You probably know the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Does this sound familiar?

Your aunt, your mom or your mother-in-law loses it because you didn’t bring your dish. Disgusted and angry, she rants about a lack of appreciation throughout her lifetime. You and every other family member gets singled out for every bad thing you’ve ever done … “the year you did this!” … “the time you didn’t do that!”

Your friend is a a...