Intimacy: When Your Strength Overshadows You

This post explores the impact of the Early Maladaptive Schemas Self-Sacrifice and Emotional Inhibition in caregiver and codependent type individuals, often leading them to attract Narcissistic individuals and one-sided relationships and to feel unseen and unvalued.

Reactivity Destroys Conversation: Success is in the Approach

This post explores the concept of Amygdala Hijacking, a physiological response to real or perceived threat, which results in loss of memory and impaired cognitive functioning. Amygdala Hijacking prevents productive conversation, impacting relationships negatively, as well is at the root of anxiety, panic disorders, and PTSD.

Like It or Not, It’s All About the Relationship

This blog explores the impact of early messages from parents and the internal dialogue that we take into adulthood.

Putting the Pieces Together: ACTing to Embrace the Life You Have

This post explores Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT Therapy, and how expectations and disappointments can keep us trapped in negative cycles and prevent us from embracing the life we have.

Splitting and Gratitude

This post explores the concepts of Psychological splitting and Object Constancy and how these concepts might be useful when considering gratitude and loss, particularly during difficult seasons.

Ownership: Do You Under or Over Own in Your Relationships?

This post contrasts denial and ownership, as it pertains to self-awareness and growth, and explores relationship patterns of under-owning in narcissists and over-owning in caregivers.

Narcissism and Caregiving: Dancing around the Truth

This post explores narcissism and caregiving and how at the core of both is a difficulty with vulnerability and either creating boundaries with caregiving and respecting boundaries with narcissism. Post explores the giving-taking spectrum and how to go about growth from either end of the spectrum.

Milestones after Midlife: Experience and Generativity

This post explores the concepts of midlife crisis and Stagnation and Generativity and assists individuals in exploring expectations and needs during midlife.

Priorities: Goalkeeping is Key

This post explores the necessity of defining priorities when setting goals and making decisions. Decision-making should be done by evaluating highest-priority goals and making choices that move us towards those goals.

Punitiveness: Moral Conviction or Self-Infliction?

This post compares the personality trait of authoritarianism to the schema Punitiveness and offers useful tips for dealing with the schema of Punitiveness.

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