We Repeat What We Don’t Repair

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We 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 […]

What Is An Avoidant Attachment Style?

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What is an avoidant attachment?

In this article, you’ll learn the signs of an avoidant attachment style, how it effects 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, […]

What Is An Anxious Attachment Style?

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Anxious Attachment

In this article, you’ll learn the signs of an anxious attachment style, how it effects 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 […]

What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does It Matter?

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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 […]

Coping with Loneliness

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Coping with Loneliness

  Coping with Loneliness: How to Reconnect with Yourself and Others 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 […]

How to Maintain a Strong Sense of Self in Relationships

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How to Maintain a Strong Sense of Self and Not Lose Yourself in Relationships

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 […]

Should I Leave a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Should I leave a dysfunctional relationship?

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a big decision. As a therapist, I often see people struggle with whether to stay or go. 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 If you’re struggling in […]

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

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5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

Are family relationships important to you? If so, try using these five ideas to strengthen your family relationships. Everyone I know is busy! It’s hard NOT to cram our schedules to the brim with our kids’ activities, volunteer projects, work, religious services, and social engagements! We all know that it’s easy to let our family […]

6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

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6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

Criticism can hurt, especially if you’re a perfectionist or sensitive person. In this article, you’ll learn effective tips to deal with criticism. Criticism hurts. Nobody likes criticism, but some of us are particularly sensitive to it. Do you take it personally if your boss tells you to be quiet during a meeting? Does it ruin your […]