Holidays, Stress and Families and Coping

Holidays can be a joyful time filled with festivities and family gatherings, but they can also bring about stress, especially when interacting with family members. Here are some tips on coping with holiday stress related to family: Set Realistic Expectations:...

How to Release Negative Emotions

Last time, we talked about emotional baggage and the feelings that we carry with us long after the event that triggered them took place. Many of us are taught to keep a stiff upper lip and soldier on, burying our pain within us. This repressed negative emotional...

Communication and Relationships

Effective communication is crucial in any relationship, whether it’s a romantic partnership, a friendship, or a professional connection. Here are some key aspects of communication in relationships: Open and Honest Communication: Encourage openness and honesty in...

Is Your Emotional Baggage Too Heavy to Carry?

Everyone has to face issues big and small as they journey through life. Everything from severe trauma to relatively minor negative experiences can leave you with unprocessed emotions that weigh you down, like baggage. It’s emotional baggage. And if you don’t deal with...

Gratitude and Family

Gratitude and family are interconnected aspects of our lives that contribute significantly to our well-being and happiness. Expressing gratitude within the family dynamic can foster positive relationships and create a supportive environment. Here are some ways in...

Dealing with DARVO, an Abusive Technique

Narcissists and others who are emotionally abusive often use DARVO as a tactic: D – Deny A – Attack R – Reverse Roles of V – Victim and O – Offender (the abuser) The offender projects his own behavior on his victim, making the victim the supposed offender, thus...

What Is Your Attachment Style?

Attachment style is a psychological concept that describes how individuals relate to others in close relationships, particularly in romantic and interpersonal contexts. It is based on the attachment theory developed by John Bowlby and later expanded upon by Mary...

Are You Attracted to a Narcissist?

If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, you might ask yourself why. Surely your life would be easier if your partner thought of you and your needs a little more. Surely you would feel happier if your partner didn’t require so much of you. Surely things might...

How Spouses Affect Family Estrangements

Spouses can have a significant impact on family estrangements, either exacerbating or mitigating them, depending on their behavior, attitudes, and actions. Family estrangement refers to the breakdown of relationships between family members, often resulting in...