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My Spouse is a Narcissist, Now What?

After reading several articles on narcissism, Kaitlyn realized that her husband was one. She knew that something was off for years but couldn’t put her finger on it. She fell in love immediately with him and within months, they were married. She thought she met the perfect person, he was charming, attentive, and sensitive. But...



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How to Talk to a Person Who Has Been Raped

The numerous sexual assault cases that stemmed from the MeToo movement has reignited old stereotypes about rape and abuse. Some new acquaintances of mine, who were unaware of my vocation, commented on their dissatisfaction with the outing of several public figures. Rather than argue my position, I chose to listen to a barrage of ignorance...

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29 Manipulative Text Messages

Bill was frustrated. The more he tried to converse via text with his ex-wife and kids, the worse things got. He was advised to utilize text messages rather than verbal communication to have a record of what was agreed upon, clear up any confusion, and minimize the verbal assaults. However, his ex-wife found a way...

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Coping with Sociopaths (Antisocial Personality Disorder)

“I am sure that if the devil existed, he would want us to feel very sorry for him.” ― Martha Stout, "The Sociopath Next Door" Sociopaths are people with antisocial personality disorder. The essential features of a personality disorder are impairments in interpersonal and self functioning along with the presence of pathological personality...



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Examples of Goals to Address in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Applied behavior analysis as an intervention can address countless topics. Examples of the various areas that ABA services may assist with include things like:daily living skills which include:daily routines organization time management feeding and mealtime related skills toileting hygiene skillsexpressive communication skills which include:learning to vocally speak with words expanding vocal language...

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Coping with a Narcissist on the Job

Sometimes you are stuck having to cope with a narcissist and your options are limited; this can be especially true in the workplace.One of the problems of narcissism is that it's hard to spot.  Narcissists often have many very positive traits, such as being outgoing, charming, intelligent, motivating, inspirational, visionary, attractive, and friendly.  They...

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5 Ways to Avoid Being Someone’s Scapegoat

Jerome came into his counseling session angry. The position at work that he worked so hard to obtain was now in jeopardy. He couldn’t understand how this happened so quickly. One day he seemed to be everyone’s favorite new employee and the next day he was an outcast. But as he began to recount his...

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7 Things to Do When Afraid of Your Ex

It had been years since Susan heard from her ex-husband. He would send the occasional random text message with some type of mime or joke, but nothing of substance until today. Today’s remarks came across brash and accusatory. He demanded a face-to-face meeting with Susan and made a threatening remark if she refused.Puzzled by his...

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Is EEG Useful in Psychiatry?

Is it useful for psychiatrists to order EEGs on their patients? That’s a perennially controversial question, and one that’s worth revisiting from time to time. The basics of EEG First developed in the 1920s, EEG entails applying electrodes to the scalp’s surface to measure electricity generated by neural activity. The brain works primarily via action potentials that...

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Quality Characteristics of ABA Services for Individuals with ASD

This article will review some of the recommendations for what helps autism services to be considered quality services particularly when the autism services are provided from the framework of applied behavior analysis.Per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and in their document "Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers,"...

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The Rules of Living in a Narcissistic Family

Every family has unspoken rules like: don’t wake mom when she is taking a nap, no matter what it tastes like say dad’s cooking is good, or always clean before grandma comes to the house. These guidelines are followed without question to keep the family running smoothly.However, when a narcissist is added to the mix,...



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10 Good Things About ABA: Benefits of Applied Behavior Analysis

One of the most common definitions of applied behavior analysis - also known as ABA - is “the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for the improvement in behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2014)."To define ABA...

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The 7 Main Types of Abuse

Most state protective services constitute abuse to be neglect, sexual, or physical. But a bruise should not be a requirement for proof of abusive behavior. There are many other ways a person can be abused. Abuse can be manipulation, exploitation, maltreatment, neglect, violence, cruelty, harm, hurt, ill-treatment, and exploitive. The seven ways it is manifested...