How to Turn Fear and Vulnerability Into Strength and Empowerment

Michael doesn’t walk, he swaggers. He doesn’t talk, he commands. When his children and friends head for the exit, he figures they just don’t have the guts to handle such a big, important man. But he has an ulcer and he can’t sleep. Lately, he’s been having nightmares about being trapped. Deep, deep down, he’sContinue reading “How to Turn Fear and Vulnerability Into Strength and Empowerment”

Take the Quiz: Are You Unwittingly Hindering Communication?

We want to help our children when they come to us with a problem. So we console, interpret, advise, distract or praise. Or we interrogate, lecture, moralize or order. We might even blame, criticize, ridicule, shame or withdraw. However, all of these responses are problematic—whether with our children or with the adultsin our lives. TheyContinue reading “Take the Quiz: Are You Unwittingly Hindering Communication?”

Getting Through Grief

Every death is different, and every relationship is different, which makes the experience of loss and grief different for everyone. Grief is a journey, and when someone dies, those of us who mourn will take that journey in a unique way. It’s a journey through some of the most emotionally intense and painful passages ofContinue reading “Getting Through Grief”

10 Hidden Symptoms of Substance Addiction

Substance abuse doesn’t always announce itself with a staggering gait or red eyes. Here are some often-missed clues that someone could be struggling with an addiction. 1. Lying and promise-breaking. These include the oft-made (and bro- ken) promise to “never do it again,” whatever “it” is. 2. Recurring financial difficulties. Repeated money crises, a lot ofContinue reading “10 Hidden Symptoms of Substance Addiction”

An Important Relationship Survival Skill

Using inflamatory language— especially during a conflict—can cut in ways not easily healed byapologies. Whether they are cruel and aggressive wisecracks or retorts that penetrate like a fast-flung dart, these types of comments escalate a fight like nothing else. And when the zingers begin to outnumber the kind words spoken to each other, it mayContinue reading “An Important Relationship Survival Skill”

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