Exhaustion

20 Daily Lies We Tell Ourselves

Kelvin’s life was in shambles once again. The past 30 years of his adulthood resulted in three divorces with children from each marriage, five major career changes, and several moves across the country. As he moved back into his parent’s house for the fourth time in his adult life, he knew he needed to change.

This was a revelation for him. In the past, change had been about his ex-wives, kids, job, and even location. Now...

Coping Skills

How to Recover from a Narcissistic Relationship

When twelve years of marriage ended, Jack realized during the divorce that his wife was narcissistic. The cold-hearted way she treated their marriage and the divorce highlighted her insensitivity, arrogance, lack of remorse, and superiority complex. Now, Jack was left to pick up the pieces of his shattered life and find a way to move forward.

His cousin Jill was going through a similar experience. Having witnesses Jack’s torn relationship Jill began to see the same...

Marriage

30 Relationship Destroyers

Have you ever wondered what a therapist is thinking about while you talk about your relationship woes? While I can’t speak for all therapists, I do look for specific factors that can determine the success or failure in any relationship. When an area is revealed, such as a pattern of lying, it needs to be therapeutically addressed or the relationship will suffer. Successful relationships identify these factors and eradicate them as soon as possible.

This list...

Coping Skills

Finding Peace in the Face of Abuse

Aaron was deeply troubled. He finally came to the realization that he left his abusive childhood home only to recreate it as an adult. This was not his intent. He wanted more for himself and his children. The peace he longed for had never been achieved either within himself or in his environment.

His mother was an abusive alcoholic who died in a drunk driving accident. His wife didn’t drink but became addicted to Adderall after...

Coping Skills

10 Signs Your Spouse Might be Dependent

Natalie didn’t get it. She watched her sister tolerate an abusive spouse who routinely left her for another woman and then returned on a whim. Her sister knew he was an adulterer, arrogant, intolerable, demanding, condescending, cruel and controlling. She complained about him, said she wanted to leave, but then when push came to shove, she remained.

Natalie’s sister was not unintelligent; in fact, she was the top of her class. She was in upper management,...

General

10 Strategies for Dealing with Your Narcissistic Ex

Charles thought that divorcing his narcissistic wife would end his frustrations. But it did not. Not too long after the divorce was finalized, his wife began acting like they were still married. Added to the confusion, she got intensely angry when he began dating and even undermined his prospects by contacting them. She claimed that she was only trying, “to make sure she was good enough for him and the kids,” but it created awkward...

Family

The Narcissistic Cycle of Abuse Among Siblings

As sisters, Nicole and Sofi grew up in a two-parent, middle class family. From the outside looking in, things appeared normal and healthy. But for Sofi, life was very difficult. Her sister bullied her, stole prized possessions, would lie and blame Sofi for things that went wrong, physically hit her, and destroyed some of Sofi’s things. Yet, Nicole seemed to charm their parents, constantly making Sofi out to look like the dangerous one.

Finally after Sofi...

Coping Skills

10 Signs of a Passive-Aggressive Person

Tess was immediately annoyed in the presence of her manager and she couldn’t understand why.

She normally got along with a wide-range of personalities, had no issue with authority, and was generally well-liked by most. But for some reason, every time she saw her manager, she wanted to run in the opposite direction.

Their conversations were strained. Tess would begin by talking about one thing and her manager would be dismissive and change the subject. While Tess...

Children & Teens

Have a Difficult Kid? Do These 7 Techniques

Maggie and James were involved parents. They participated in their kid’s school, coached a team or two, helped with homework, and knew the names of their kid’s friends. But for some reason, one of their three kids was constantly in trouble. The other two enjoyed a great reputation at their school but their sister was the exception. She spend hours in the principal’s office, got in fights, struggled to make friends, and was difficult to...

Coping Skills

30 Reasons Why People Lie

Rebecca is a middle school English teacher. Previously she worked in a local public school but was frustrated by number of daily lies from her students. Thinking the private school environment would be better, she switched. But what she found was even more creative lies that her students would tell her.

One day she decided to count the number of deceptions she heard. Much to her surprise, it wasn’t just the students who were deceitful but...

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