Break the Pattern of Codependent Relationships

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Break the Pattern of Codependent Relationships

Do you repeatedly get into codependent relationships? If so, use these strategies to reduce codependent behaviors and form healthier relationships. What is codependency? Codependency is a broad term and it can manifest in a variety of ways. Below are some of the most common symptoms of codependency. You don’t need to have them all to […]

5 Tips That Make Setting Boundaries Easier

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5 tips that make setting boundaries easier

Boundaries are hard to set, especially if you didn’t grow up with healthy boundaries. But everyone can learn to set boundaries! And these five tips can make setting boundaries easier. Why we need boundaries Do you struggle to set boundaries? If so, you’re not alone. Mental health professionals and self-help gurus put a lot of […]

13 Signs You Grew Up in an Enmeshed Family

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13 Signs You Grew Up in an Enmeshed Family

Enmeshment is a dysfunctional family dynamic characterized by a lack of boundaries and emotional immaturity. Enmeshment prevents children from emotionally separating. Being close to your family is usually a good thing, but it’s possible to be too close. Enmeshment describes family relationships that lack boundaries such that roles and expectations are confused, parents are overly […]

How Codependents Can Step Into Their Circle of Control

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How Codependents Can Step Into Their Circle of Control #codependency

Codependents often focus on other people and their problems – sometimes getting obsessed with or fixated on helping or fixing things outside of their control. Not only can this lead to self-neglect, but it’s also frustrating and largely a waste of time and energy. Instead of focusing on things that we can’t control or influence, […]

How to Avoid Other People’s Drama

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How to Avoid Other People's Drama

Don’t let other people’s drama become your problem! Instead, learn to avoid drama, set boundaries, and take care of your own needs.     We all know a person or two who’s overly dramatic. Perhaps it’s your mother or cousin, your coworker, or your neighbor. It’s draining to spend time with people who exude negative […]

Healthy Communication Doesn’t Include Justifying, Arguing, Defending, and Explaining

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What is healthy communication? Sometimes it helps to identify what isn’t healthy communication. And this post will focus on justifying arguing, defending yourself, and over-explaining — why they’re ineffective and unhealthy aspects of communication and how we can avoid them. Are you familiar with the acronym JADE? It’s a reminder to not justify, argue, defend, […]

Healthy Dependency vs. Codependency

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Healthy Dependency vs Codependency #codependency

Interdependency is a healthy form of dependency, but codependency is not. Learn about healthy dependency vs. codependency and how to spot the warning signs of codependency. Codependency is an unhealthy form of dependency, but it’s not dependency in and of itself that’s the problem. There are healthy forms of dependency, otherwise known as interdependency, that […]

Emotional Invalidation: A Form of Emotional Abuse

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Emotional invalidation is painful. Sometimes it’s unintentional, but it’s a sign of emotional abuse when done repeatedly and intentionally. Have others minimized, shamed, or invalidated your feelings? Having your feelings diminished, ignored, or rejected is a painful experience for all of us – but even more so if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or […]

10 Ways to Free Yourself from “Toxic” Parents

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People with toxic behaviors (“toxic people”*) can make your life miserable. But you can reclaim your life! In this article, you’ll start to learn how to free yourself from toxic parents by setting boundaries and detaching from enmeshed relationships. This post contains an affiliate link, which means we may earn a small commission if you […]

15 Signs You Have a Toxic Parent

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Signs You Have a Toxic Parent #toxic #parent #dysfunctional #difficult #ACA #narcissistic

Do you have a troubled relationship with your parents? Are they demanding, critical, and manipulative? If so, they may be toxic people. No one has a perfect relationship with their parents or in-laws. If you’re lucky you have a positive and healthy relationship with your parents most of the time. Unfortunately, for some people – […]