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Talking Brains Episode 13: Gaslighters & Gift-Giving

By |2019-06-03T16:29:10-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Gaslighting, Holidays, Narcissism, Psychology, Talking Brains|Tags: , , , |

Talking Brains Podcast: a conversation about gift-giving and gaslighters. Gaslighters are terrible at giving gifts....and they can be equally as terrible at receiving them. What do you say when you get stung by the gaslighter over a gift? Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is the host of Talking Brains and the author of Gaslighting: How to Recognize Manipulative [...]

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A Study-Proven Way to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions!

By |2017-02-06T10:57:11-05:00December 30th, 2016|Categories: Holidays, Psychology, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |

Here's a successful tip for sticking to those New Year's resolutions: Tell as many people as possible about your resolutions. That's it. When we tell someone what we want to do, we are making a social contract or agreement.  We like being socially consistent - we like doing what we say we are going to do.  It sends the message [...]

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12 Pitfalls of Gift-Giving with a Narcissist

By |2018-09-29T13:26:27-04:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Gaslighting, Holidays, Narcissism|Tags: , , , , , , |

So it's time to exchange gifts with the narcissist in your life.  First, accept two things: 1. The narcissist will never be happy with your gift.  2. This will never change. Here are the common scenarios you will encounter when exchanging gifts with a narcissist: 1. The narcissist tells you that you didn't give them a nice enough [...]

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5 Types of High-Conflict People & What To Do

By |2017-02-06T11:11:50-05:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Conflict, Family, Holidays, Personality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ah, the holidays.  Families spending time together.  But what if you have to spend time with people that love conflict?  While it would be best just to avoid these personality types altogether (and get a lot of conflict right out of your life), it isn't always that simple.  Here are the 5 types of high-conflict people, and what to do [...]

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23 New Year’s Quotes

By |2016-11-20T07:53:44-05:00December 31st, 2011|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , , , , |

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. - Hal Borland We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's [...]

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Black Friday: A “Collective Consumption Ritual”

By |2018-10-01T14:30:18-04:00November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , , , |

New post on my Psychology Today blog: Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is a "collective consumption ritual", according to Thomas and Peters (2011). Over two years, the researchers interviewed "experienced" Black Friday shoppers. Through 38 qualitative interviews, the researchers found four themes: Keep reading...

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36 Quotes on Peace and Freedom

By |2016-11-20T07:53:46-05:00January 17th, 2011|Categories: Holidays, Quotes|Tags: , , , , |

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., learn more about peace, non-violent resistance, and freedom through these quotes: "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful [...]

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A Christmas song for those having a tough holiday season

By |2016-10-05T06:46:11-04:00December 22nd, 2010|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Holidays|Tags: , , , , , |

Most Christmas songs are cheery and happy. For many people, however, the holidays are difficult, and can lead to increased depression and anxiety. I think the song "River" by Joni Mitchell, from her album Blue, is a great Christmas song that deals with grief and loneliness during the holidays.

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7 Tips to Protect Children from Halloween Food Allergies

By |2016-11-20T07:53:47-05:00October 28th, 2010|Categories: Asthma, Holidays, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Halloween can be a difficult time for children with food allergies. More than 3 million children have good allergies in the United States. The only way to prevent food allergy reactions is to avoid the food completely. However, there are many treats that are given to children at Halloween parties or when they are trick-or-treating. In [...]

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