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7 Ways a Narcissistic Attachment Is Destructive

Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, Pete could see how destructive his marriage to Nan was. He knew that she was narcissistic, but he didn’t care. He thought that his love would be enough and if he knew how to handle her, things would go well. But it did not.It didn’t take long before Pete stopped...

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Considering the Biological and Medical Variables that Affect the Client

One of the ethical guidelines for behavior analysts is to "consider biological/medical variables that may be affecting the client" (as identified in item G-02 in the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts).This can be a challenging task to accomplish in the context of everyday clinical practice. Sometimes its hard to know what behaviors...



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9 Effective Ways to Reduce Chronic Stress

It wasn’t until Martha came into her therapist’s office that she realized the extent of her stress. Prior to coming in, Martha thought she was losing her mind. As an executive, she was accustomed to the everyday stress of working in a high-pressured environment. But what surprised her recently was an inability to make decisions,...

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7 Unintentional Consequences from Keeping the Peace

At 45 years old, Brian did not know who he was or what he wanted. From the outside looking in, he seemed to have it all: money, family, career, and friends. But in reality, life was very different. He managed to have a successful career at a job he did not like. His 20-year abusive...

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Yes, Men Can Be Abused By Women

Matt was ashamed and embarrassed. For years, he tolerated physical, mental, and verbal abuse from his wife, yet he told no one. Knowing he would not strike back at her, she hit him, twisted the truth, threw things at him, called him every name in the book, physically blocked him from leaving the room, and...

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Benefits of Optimism (and its Relevance to ABA)

Optimism has been studied throughout research for many years. Optimism is known to impact a person's mental health, physical health, and quality of life. How a person views their current and future experiences plays a role in whether they develop mental health disorders or even physical illness. People who are more optimistic are more likely...



Abuse

Are you a Co-Narcissist?

"The narcissist needs to be in the spotlight, and the co-narcissist serves as the  audience." - Alan Rappaport Have you heard the term, "It takes two to tango?" Now, trust me, this article isn't about victim blaming. It's about education. Knowledge is power, and understanding your role in a narcissistic dyad will help you...

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Traits Narcissists Appreciate in their Targets

Narcissists or similar types of abusers will benefit from certain traits of the other parties in their relationships. The following list includes some of these traits. If you are a partner (also known as co-narcissist) of a narcissistic abuser, then use this list to help make the necessary changes you need to protect yourself.Forgiving. Narcissists...

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Dangerous Attractions in Relationships

Every wonder what causes an immediate attraction and that eventually turns dangerous? How is it that two people who seemed to have such a strong initial connection, now seem to be doing more harm than good to each other.Sam finally discovered that she kept dating the same type of abusive person over and over. Ben...

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Alcohol Use Disorder Meds in Older Adults

How should we employ pharmacotherapies for alcohol use disorder (AUD) in older adult patients? There are three FDA-approved medications (acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone) and two other commonly used off-label agents (gabapentin and...

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Is It Possible to Fix Narcissism?

Stacey was frustrated by her adult 35-year-old son with two failed marriages (everything was the ex’s fault), five career changes (his bosses hated him and wanted to get rid of him), a couple of DUIs, and now living back at home. No matter what happened, other people were to blame for his relationship and career...