relationships

How to talk about your feelings

Is hard for you to talk about your feelings? Or do you have trouble asking for what you need in your relationships? If so, you’re not alone! Talking about your feelings can be scary Sharing your feelings can be a daunting proposition. When you share your feelings, you allow yourself to be vulnerable. And vulnerability …

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why some people won't take responsibility

Do you know someone who refuses to take responsibility for their mistakes or wrongdoings? Or perhaps, you’re the one who struggles to admit when you’re wrong. Sometimes it’s hard to admit that we’ve done something wrong or made a mistake. And it’s challenging to deal with others who repeatedly deny responsibility and blame others. Why …

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Repeat What We Don't Repair

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 …

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family conflict

Understanding your attachment styles, how it affects your mental health and relationships can help you make meaningful changes and move from a disorganized attachment to a more secure one.

Avoidant attachment style

In this article, you’ll learn the signs of an avoidant attachment style, how it affects adult relationships, how to develop a more secure attachment style. Approximately 25% of us have an Avoidant Attachment Style. In my earlier post, What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does it Matter?, I explained the three primary attachment styles (secure, …

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anxious attachment style

In this article, you’ll learn the signs of an anxious attachment style, how it affects adult relationships, and how you can develop a more secure attachment style. In my previous post, What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does It Matter?, I gave you an overview of the four primary attachment styles (secure, anxious, avoidant, and …

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What's My Attachment Style

If you’re in an unhappy relationship, feel stuck in a pattern of failed relationships, or can’t seem to find Mr. (or Ms.) Right, your attachment style may be the reason. We all learn about human relationships from our first relationships – those with our parents or primary caregivers. Understanding your attachment style can help you …

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Coping with Loneliness

Is loneliness becoming more pervasive? I’m not sure, but sometimes it seems that way. We’re all so busy that it can be hard to make time to socialize and prioritize face-to-face relationship building time. Many of us don’t have a sense of community or even know our neighbors the way our grandparents did. We’re doing our …

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Maintain a Strong Sense of Self

Learn how to maintain a strong sense of self in relationships by living authentically, knowing yourself, avoiding people-pleasing, and building self-esteem. Losing your sense of self Do you seem to get swallowed up in relationships? Does your sense of self disappear when you’re in a relationship? This “loss of self” happens, whether you’ve been married for …

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Should I leave a troubled relationship

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a big decision. As a therapist, I often see people struggle with whether to leave dysfunctional relationships or stick it out. For someone with codependency, the decision to leave a dysfunctional or abusive partner is especially hard. Why it’s hard to end a “toxic”, dysfunctional, or abusive relationship …

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