There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
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 acting like a spoiled child or being immature, don’t dismiss the feedback out-of-hand. Perhaps your partner 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.
If your parents and partner just can't get along, these coping strategies may help you get through events unscathed.
If you let yourself forget that "it’s the thought that counts," you can be swindled into spending a lot more than you can afford.
It's not the holidays that increase the suicide rate; it's the post-holiday let-down and loss of connection that can lead to increased risk.
Narcissists who are especially effective at winning the affection and praise of others may also leave a trail of broken relationships.
It’s an interesting phenomenon that people often desire what is forbidden. Wanting what you can’t have can be seductive.
The harder you look for what’s gone wrong in your life, the easier that target will be to hit.
Narcissists don't maintain normal relationships; they use people to meet their own needs.
When a romantic partner makes you feel like an accessory rather than an equal partner, something is amiss.
Getting “Back to Human” is an important goal and the book provides a blueprint for understanding ways that you can do just that.
The irony of social media is that it makes our virtual selves available 24/7—but our devotion to the medium can leave some people in real life isolation.
The polarizing issues in the world today require a new perspective. Each side must acknowledge that "we both may be right in some ways, and wrong in some others."
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.