When emotions are heightened, your perception of a conversation or situation may be skewed. You might react impulsively or intensely. In these moments it can be difficult to be vulnerable and to communicate effectively. When you’re feeling reactive during a conversation or argument, it can even be tempting to lash out. Reacting out of impulse… Continue reading What to Say When You’re Feeling Reactive
Stress is common among people today. However prolonged and unresolved stress can lead us into a “Survival Mode” state of mind. It is important to know what Survival Mode looks like so that you can identify it in yourself or in a friend to get the help needed. Here are 9 signs that someone is… Continue reading 9 Signs Someone is in Survival Mode
After fighting with someone, there may be lingering resentment, tense silence, or awkwardness. It can be difficult to figure out what to say and do next. Finding a way to communicate effectively can be difficult in the heat of the moment, but it’s possible to move past arguments and help heal hurt feelings with a conversation.
The majority of us will experience trauma at some point in our lives. Whether that trauma stems from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, it can have a significant effect on our lives….. Studies have shown that 98% of people experience trauma during their lifetime. Although trauma can be treated, even psychological wounds that have “healed”… Continue reading How Does Trauma Impact Relationships?
Raising children is difficult and, unfortunately, many adults aren’t equipped with the emotional maturity needed to become effective parents. As a result, countless children grow up in households that lack emotional stability, support, and validation. These disadvantages can impact a child’s habits, behaviors and overall mental health well into adulthood–even for their entire lives–if left… Continue reading Signs You May Have Been Raised by Emotionally Immature Parents
Watching someone you care about struggle with an eating disorder can be painful. If you’re unsure how to support them throughout their recovery journey, keep these ideas in mind. Eat normally in front of them Watching others eat a balanced meal can be helpful for those with an eating disorder, unless they specifically ask you… Continue reading Ways to Support a Friend with an Eating Disorder
When you reflect on your relationship with someone and realize something isn’t right, it’s a crushing feeling. Manipulation—even if it’s not obvious—can happen in any relationship. Whether it’s a working relationship with your boss or a romantic relationship with your spouse, if you find yourself being manipulated to the point that you question reality, you’re… Continue reading I Think I’m Being Gaslighted. Now What?
Compliments, affection, gifts, and lots of time together can seem like green flags at the beginning of a relationship. However, they can quickly turn into signs of love bombing. Love bombing is when someone shows excessive attention to their romantic partner as a way to assert control. It’s considered a form of manipulation because the… Continue reading Look Out for Love Bombing
Attachment theory is a framework based on the research of psychologist John Bowlby. It describes four different approaches adults may take toward relationships: avoidant, disorganized, anxious-ambivalent, or secure. People with secure attachment styles can trust, support, and communicate with their partners without becoming dependent on the relationship for their own happiness, sense of security, or… Continue reading Developing a More Secure Attachment Style
Helping others and giving back to the community make you feel good. The same can be said for giving a gift to a friend or family member. Giving instead of receiving is scientifically proven to improve your mental and physical health, so here are just some ways that giving is good for you. You feel… Continue reading The Gift of Giving Gifts