End a Relationship without Feeling Guilty

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How to End a Relationship without Feeling Guilty

Don’t stay in a dysfunctional or codependent relationship because of guilt. Learn how to end a relationship without feeling guilty. Guilt keeps many people stuck in dysfunctional or codependent relationships because they prioritize other people’s needs and happiness above their own. Generally, we hope or expect that relationships will last forever. We idealize close family […]

Learning to Trust Yourself Again

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Learning to Trust Yourself Again After a Toxic Relationship

Healing from an unhealthy or toxic relationship involves learning to trust yourself again. Unhealthy relationships erode your ability to trust yourself Unhealthy or toxic relationships can destroy your trust in others. For example, if your partner cheated on you or called you derogatory names, it makes sense that you may have trouble trusting that your […]

11 Relationship Red Flags and Why We Ignore Them

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Relationship Red Flags

Why do so many people miss relationship “red flags”? Learn what to look for, so you can avoid abusive, codependent, or destructive relationships. When a relationship ends or isn’t going well, it’s natural to reflect and wonder whether there were signs — or red flags — that your partner wasn’t a good match. You might […]

Overcome Self-Blame

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It's Time to Stop Blaming Yourself for Everything #selfblame #selfcompassion

Stop blaming yourself for everything! Try these self-compassion practices to help you overcome self-blame. Are you quick to blame yourself – even for things you didn’t do or couldn’t control? When things go wrong, is your immediate response “it’s all my fault” or “I shouldn’t have done that”? For many of us, self-blame and criticism […]

Emotional Invalidation: A Form of Emotional Abuse

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Photo of sad woman Emotional Invalidation #abuse #emotional #gaslighting #control #narcissist #invalidation

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 […]