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“7 Ways to Cope with Natural Disaster Stress” on Psychology Today

By |2022-11-02T19:15:23-04:00November 2nd, 2022|Categories: Natural Disaster, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , |

Some ways to feel better, even in a horrific situation. If you are one of the thousands of people who must evacuate yearly due to natural disasters, it can be traumatizing. As a therapist and someone who has evacuated several times, here is what can help with your heightened stress level. Keep up some of [...]

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“7 Facts to Know About Narcissistic “Hoovering” on Psychology Today

By |2022-11-02T18:53:50-04:00November 2nd, 2022|Categories: Gaslighting, Narcissism, Psychology, Psychology Today, Toxic Relationships|Tags: , , , |

Narcissists will try to suck you back into contact with them. Resist it. When a pathological narcissist is out of your life, they may eventually try to “hoover,” or suck you back into contact with them. Hoovering may be done by emailing, texting, calling, or snail mailing. A narcissist may send you a long email [...]

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“How to Navigate Female Friendships” on Psychology Today

By |2022-11-02T18:27:17-04:00November 2nd, 2022|Categories: Friendships, Psychology, Psychology Today, Relationships|Tags: , , |

A friendship coach discusses the challenges. I had the pleasure of interviewing Danielle Bayard Jackson about female friendships, including the challenges of making friends in our mid-20s and beyond. Danielle's book on women and friendships will be available in 2024. Does the way a person is brought up or the way that their parents handle conflict determine [...]

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“Learn the 3 Stages of a Toxic Relationship” on Psychology Today

By |2022-06-28T17:20:33-04:00June 28th, 2022|Categories: Psychology, Psychology Today, Toxic Relationships|Tags: , |

Learn how to identify a toxic relationship from the beginning. Toxic relationships generally follow three stages: idealizing, devaluing, and discarding. Learn about each of these stages and the impact it has on you. Idealizing: Love-bombing is a clear sign of the idealizing phase. You are told you are the best thing to happen to your partner, [...]

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“Have Your Covid Concerns Crossed Into Health Anxiety?” on Psychology Today

By |2022-05-12T16:29:11-04:00April 8th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , |

It is typical to be concerned about your health, especially during a pandemic. But when does concern cross into health anxiety? You may find that your anxiety was more generalized before the pandemic—there was not one specific thing that increased your anxiety. However, now you are experiencing anxiety about COVID-related symptoms and other symptoms in general. [...]

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“4 Ways to Combat Anticipatory Anxiety” on Psychology Today

By |2022-04-06T21:02:10-04:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , |

Discover ways to calm yourself before an event. Anticipatory anxiety is the anxiety you feel before something happens or before you think something will happen. It is normal to have anxiety before a big presentation, your first day of school, or any other event that has significance in your life. Sometimes anticipatory anxiety can happen, and [...]

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“Dive Into a Year-End Emotional Inventory” on Psychology Today

By |2021-12-29T12:29:57-05:00December 29th, 2021|Categories: Gaslighting, Narcissism, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , , |

Taking an “emotional inventory” can help you forge ahead in the new year. An end-of-year review of your self-care and wellbeing can help you prioritize and give you insights into what you would like to change in the new year. Part of that review can include looking at the emotions you experienced.It is crucial to take [...]

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“How to Handle a Covert Narcissist During Family Gatherings” on Psychology Today

By |2021-12-29T11:54:27-05:00December 29th, 2021|Categories: Gaslighting, Narcissism, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , , |

How to protect yourself when someone ignores your boundaries There are generally two types of narcissists — overt and covert. Overt narcissists are the types you hear about more frequently because they tend to be louder (verbally and behaviorally) about their need for special attention and treatment. Covert narcissists tend to play a "victim" role and usually say [...]

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“Self-Care Is a Necessity, Not a Luxury” on Psychology Today

By |2021-12-29T11:36:06-05:00December 29th, 2021|Categories: Psychology, Psychology Today, Self-Care|Tags: , |

Discover simple ways to improve your mood and wellbeing. You've read that taking care of yourself needs to be a priority. But you may have many people or things vying for your attention. As a result, focusing on yourself seems unnecessary — even selfish sometimes. You also may have been raised in a family in which denying [...]

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“Is Fear of Needles Keeping Some People From Getting Vaccinated?” on Psychology Today

By |2021-09-27T14:59:33-04:00September 27th, 2021|Categories: COVID, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , |

Trypanophobia can be debilitating, but it is treatable. Approximately 10 percent of people in the U.S. have a fear of needles, also known as trypanophobia. That is over 33 million people. That percentage may even be as high as 24 percent (Taddio, et al. 2012). There is a stigma associated with reporting a fear of needles, [...]

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