Codependency in a relationship usually occurs when one of the partners has a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). If your partner has either one of these personality disorders, you might find yourself stuck in a toxic codependent relationship.Read More
People often refer to themselves as “swimming like a duck”. This is a reference to how calm ducks appear above the water but how fast they are paddling beneath to stay afloat. I myself have been known to use this analogy.
Today, however, I offer a new way of looking at “swimming like a duck”. One with a more positive frame. Ducks practice self-care and preen themselves in such a way that as water hits their feathers, it simply rolls off. How great would it be for us humans to learn how to perform self-care in such a way that as stressors hit us on a daily basis, we too are able to simply let them “roll off” our backs?
People with codependency issues usually form one-sided, emotionally damaging or even abusive relationships. Codependency usually leads to unhealthy patterns in communication, expectations, and behavior, damaging a person’s ability to have a healthy, fulfilling relationship.Read More
According to Robert Plutchik, a psychologist and professor emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of medicine, all human emotions can be broken down into eight basic emotions. Read on to learn more.Read More
Codependency and emotional fusion usually turn relationships into unfulfilling and challenging ones. If you are constantly making sacrifices, feeling guilty, and spending all your energy in meeting your partner’s needs, you may be in a codependent relationship.Read More
According to Kristin Neff, a leading researcher on self-compassion, “with self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” Neff’s research demonstrates that self-compassion leads to improved resilience, more accurate self-concepts, along with less anger and narcissism. Thus, it is more beneficial to our mental health then self-esteem.Read More
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, there is a rise of the complimentary wellness practices: yoga, meditation, and chiropractic care in the US in the last five years. While yoga is the most popular of these three, meditation is the fastest-growing trend.Read More
How many times have you ignored your inner voice and later regretted your decision not to trust your gut? When we encounter stressful situations or need to make decisions, our conscious mind tends to rationalize our choices and usually goes with two options: “do or don’t” and “yes or no”, because this is the easiest solution. Therefore, we often don’t see the middle course of potential creative solutions.Read More
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a kind of personality disorder characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-worth, an extreme need for admiration, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people.Read More
It is not easy to nurture self-love and acceptance in the world of idealized media images of pure human perfection we live in today. Our social media is submerged in photos of perfect, flawless faces and tanned, sleek, firm bodies. In light of these unrealistic messages we constantly receive, it is no wonder that an increasing number of people of both sexes struggle with body image issues these days.Read More
Transitions are an inevitable part of our lives. Still, no matter how expected some changes like college, marriage, kids, and moving are, for most of people they are always a huge source of stress that hit us somehow off-guard.Read More
Your inner critic is actually the negative self-talk you use to discourage yourself. This can include anything from personal attacks on yourself (like feelings of self-loathing, name calling, and bitter criticism) to complaint and judgment.Read More
The list of things in our lives that conjure a feeling of gratitude is very long. However, we tend to take them for granted most of the time, forgetting to stop and appreciate the good health, successful career, and happy family life that we are blessed with.Read More
With our super-hectic way of life today, our minds rarely take a break and our mental and physical health often suffer because of that.
Meditation is a perfect tool for combating stress and boosting resilience and relaxation. Studies show that a short meditation practiced every day can reduce stress and help your body and mind recharge.Read More
According to a recent study that sampled 20,000 people 18-24 years old, the young people experience feelings of extreme loneliness and isolation, with 46 percent of them stating they sometimes or always feel alone and 43 percent saying their relationships are not meaningful.Read More
How do you react to everyday stresses and personal or professional obstacles? Do you credit them to your personal characteristics such as incompetence or you can attribute your failures to specific, short-term factors? Are you a perfectionist who doesn’t accept anything less than excellence?Read More
The words of motivation and wisdom that we talk to ourselves when we need an extra encouragement or when we are trying to cope with disturbing and intense emotions are also known as a pep talk.Read More