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Month: July 2011

Discover Your Level of Narcissism

All of us have some characteristics and behaviors that fall into the category of narcissism. Narcissism is on a continuum from mild, occasional, and subtle to the more ubiquitous, obvious or extreme behaviors of a narcissistic personality disorder. Since narcissism is likely a part of everyone’s ego wounded self, it is helpful to your personal growth and development to be aware of your own level of narcissism. Be honest with yourself – but not judgmental – regarding the presence and intensity of the following characteristics: I generally take others’ rejecting, critical, harsh, shut-down, or diminishing behavior personally. I tell...

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Why Don’t You Speak Up For Yourself?

My counseling clients often complain to me about interactions they had with a partner, friend, parents or co-worker. When I asked the question, “Why didn’t you speak up for yourself?” here are the most common answers I receive: “I want to keep the peace.” “I don’t want to rock the boat.” “I didn’t know what to say.” “It won’t change anything.” “He/she won’t listen.” “We will just end up fighting.” “He/she will make it my fault.” Charlie is in his early 70’s, and has been married to Esther for 43 years. Charlie and Esther love each other very much,...

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A Quick Look At Psychotherapy

What is psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a valuable tool to cope not only with all forms of human suffering such as life crisis, biological and existential conflicts, personal and interpersonal difficulties, physical and genetic diseases, psychopathological disorders, psychosomatic disorders, etc.When to see a psychologist? The psychotherapeutic process is nothing more than an activity aimed at self-knowledge – who we really are! You go to the doctor from birth, not only when you have an illness. You make regular check-ups because this is an effective way to know your body and thus prevent any diseases (cancer, ulcers, tumors, hypertension, diabetes, etc.)....

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What to do When You Can’t Communicate

What do you usually do when you get stuck with someone and can’t communicate? Do you: Try harder to get your point across, talking louder or faster? Get angry, shouting to intimidate the other person into hearing you and/or agreeing with you? Cry in frustration? Feel resigned, give in and just listen quietly to the other person? Walk away or hang up the phone in a huff, withdrawing your love in the hope of punishing the other person into hearing you? Grab a drink or food to avoid your feelings? Turn on the TV or open a book? Ruminate...

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I Feel Trapped

“I can’t seem to stop snacking,” said Linda, in our phone session. “And I can’t figure out why. I don’t overeat during meals, but then I snack on things that I don’t need to be eating. I’ve had this issue on and off since adolescence and I want to resolve it.” “Linda, right now, take yourself back to the last time you snacked. See if you can tune into what was going on and what you were feeling.” “It happened a lot this last weekend. I had some work I needed to get done I didn’t want to do...

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