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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
Admit it, everyone's a little bit narcissistic. There is a line, though, that some people cross—and this dangerous level of narcissism may cost people friends, jobs, and success.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you are being asked to give in a relationship. True friends appreciate you for who you are, not just what you do.
When your commitment to the job outweighs your commitment to your own well-being, you are likely sacrificing both to a greater extent that you ever imagined.
Do you believe every problem has a solution—or do you look for the problem with every potential solution?
Should everyone make the effort to “turn their frown upside down” and smile, even when they feel like crying? It all depends.
Extreme mothering isn't always the best option for raising a happy and self-sufficient daughter. Here are truths and tips to help make mothering and daughtering a bit easier.
When life events force you to re-think your identity, open yourself up to the new friendships that will help you grow into your new roles.
We're angry, stressed, and worried. Gallup's recent Global Emotions Report shows that American discontent is at an all-time high.
Most people feel anxious when bringing up sexual needs or problems with their partners. Here are ways to ask for what you need without hurting their feelings or damaging their ego.
Being connected to the “right person” isn’t as important as being connected to the people who are “right” for you.
If it’s been more than a month since your breakup and you still feel stuck, you may need to force yourself to get back into the ebb and flow of social connections.
Counselors provide space, literal and metaphorical, where clients can make sense of experiences, validate their truths, and figure out their new normal.
Savvy enough to know what not to do, narcissists may “fake it” until they “make it” and capture your heart while doing damage to your psyche.
Technology depersonalizes and mechanizes relationships to a point where we may not even recognize the effect our behaviors have on others.
When a partner accuses you of being immature, don’t dismiss them out-of-hand; perhaps he or she caught a glimpse of your teenage self.
Pushing a stroller with your new baby is as good an introduction to potential friends as walking a new puppy in the neighborhood.
The cure for loneliness is healthy relationships. To build the best friendships, start by building a healthy relationship with yourself.
College admission was just revealed to be the top prize in an off-the-record charity raffle. What message does that send our children?
Progress in equal treatment of women seems to take two steps backwards for every step forward.
Next time you are ending a relationship, reflect on the positive things the relationship brought your way. Dwelling on the negative experiences will only make you feel worse.
Letting go of a failed romance is easier with a clean break.
There's a big difference between lying to protect the feelings of another and lying about your feelings to protect yourself.
Shame and guilt are warning signs that your behavior has either let you or someone else down. Shame, though, locks you in place, while guilt may propel you forward in a good way.
You can’t know for sure unless you see evidence or you're told, but some personality traits are more closely associated with infidelity.
Are “white lies" ever really okay? When you’re saving someone's feelings, yes. If you’re protecting yourself, not so much.
Everywhere you look, it seems that some celebrity’s infidelity is being exposed to the masses. No matter what a couple’s resources might be, monogamy and fidelity can't be bought.
Here are five questions to help you decide if a faltering relationship is worth the effort of repair or is better left behind.
It's not about how much money you spend on a particular new possession, it's about the social context and the relationships with others that influence the value of what you have.
It’s like using your sweetest voice, pet names, and special treats to entice your dog close enough to snap on the leash—that's how narcissists love bomb their prey.
Feeling hopeful about the future is key to feeling better about the now.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.