The Need to Please: The Psychology of People-Pleasing

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In this article, you’ll learn about the psychology of people-pleasing: Why we do it and how to reduce people-pleasing and codependent behaviors. Do you have a strong desire to please others? When was the last time you told someone “No, I can’t help you with that” or “I have a different opinion”? It can feel […]

Journal Prompts for Perfectionism and Self-Criticism

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Do you criticize yourself constantly? Or think that everything you do is wrong—while rarely noticing what you do right? If so, targeted journaling can help you let go of self-criticism, create balance in your life, and set realistic expectations. This article provides a set of journal prompts for perfectionism and self-criticism to help you get […]

4 Signs You Have Weak Boundaries or Rigid Boundaries

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Are your boundaries too weak or too rigid? Either can cause problems. In this article, you’ll learn the difference between weak, rigid, and healthy boundaries–and how to set better boundaries. What is a healthy boundary? Most of us are familiar with the concept of boundaries. Boundaries serve as limits, telling others how we want to […]

We Repeat What We Don’t Repair

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Do you seem to repeat the same dysfunctional relationship patterns – even though they leave you frustrated and hurt? Why do some people end up in one codependent relationship after another? Why does a woman with an emotionally distant mother repeat the same pattern with her own children? Why do so many adult children of […]

6 Roles in Addicted Families

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Addiction can have devastating effects on families. As a way of coping, family members commonly take on 6 roles in addicted families. In this article, you’ll learn about these six roles and how addiction effects the entire family. Alcoholism and addiction affect the entire family, not just the addict. The effects are especially profound if […]

25 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Health

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In this article, learn what is means to be emotionally healthy and various ways you can improve your emotional health. What is emotional health? According to familydoctor.org, “People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective […]

What Causes Codependency?

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Learn what causes codependency, how it often develops as a way to cope with growing up in a dysfunctional family. What Causes Codependency? Once people recognize that they have codependent traits, they often begin to wonder where these codependent tendencies came from. Why are some people susceptible to codependency in their adult relationships? What causes codependency? Why […]

8 Tips for Healing Emotional Wounds and Trauma

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Healing emotional wounds, trauma, and heart-break is hard work; sometimes it’s discouraging. Use these tips to heal and stay motivated. Do you ever wonder if healing from emotional wounds is possible? Can someone actually heal from trauma, rejection, depression, a broken heart? Perhaps you’ve been hurting for a long time and things don’t seem to […]

27 Signs that You’re Recovering from Codependency

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How do you know if you’re recovering from codependency? Check this list to see how you’re progressing with your recovery. Recovering from codependency is a process — often a long and challenging one. You may find yourself wondering if you’re making progress. You may feel discouraged at times. And you may even feel like you’re […]

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

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Setting boundaries doesn’t come easily or naturally to a lot of people, but you can learn to set healthy boundaries.  I’m going to share ten tips that I find helpful. Boundaries are limits that we set to protect our time, energy, and physical and emotional wellbeing. Boundaries are a way to tell others what we […]