May 31, 2017

Gary Chapman is the pioneer of the five love languages.  He posits that there are five ways that people speak and understand love.  In most couples, the individuals usually have a different primary emotional love language.  When this happens, the messages of love does...

April 25, 2017

People do not realize they are verbally and emotionally abusive.  It is because their feelings cause them to act in ways that are abusive to others.  Here are some forms of abuse.  If you find yourself in a situation that may be abusive, please seek support....

March 31, 2017

The easiest way to get over a breakup is to go "no contact" with the ex.  In order to truly move on from a relationship, you need to sever all communication.  This allows you to heal emotionally, physically, and psychologically because there is less information to proc...

February 28, 2017

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) teaches skills to reduce the size of emotional waves and help you stay grounded when emotions are overwhelming. You will learn how to accept yourself as you are at the moment and simultaneously acknowledge that there is a need for cha...

January 26, 2017

The third form of anger expression is passive aggression.    It's impossible to hide your anger, so it comes through in a veiled manner.   Here are some ways you may be expressing passive aggression.

  1. I become silent when I feel frustrated.

  2. I...

December 23, 2016

I had planned to write about anger this month, but seeing that it is December, I wanted to switch to a motivating and inspiring topic: visions.  Having a vision for the future is having a clear idea of what you want to do, obtain, create, achieve, or accomplish in life...

December 1, 2016

Open aggression is the second method in managing anger.  The previous post was about suppressing anger.  

Open aggression is expressing one self at someone elses' expense.  It can be seen as rage, sarcasm, criticism, venting, intimidation and blame.  Here are some...

October 26, 2016

This is the first out of a five part series about anger.  There are five ways to manage anger and people handle the same situation differently.   The first way is suppressing anger.

Suppressing anger is holding anger inside in an unhealthy way.  There's an assumpti...

September 29, 2016

Knowing Your Boundaries in Relationships

It is wonderful to be in love, but it can be confusing to know what is acceptable in a relationship.  You have just as many rights as you do responsibilities in a healthy loving relationship (friendship, work-ship, etc.).   Pleas...

August 30, 2016

It may be no surprise to you that how you say something can have a bigger impact than what you say.  Today's blog post is about the elements of verbal communication.  Hopefully, staying attuned to your speech patterns will help you communicate more effectively.  Parala...

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