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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
Not everyone who has a big ego or struggles with intimate relationships is a narcissist, but there are some key traits professionals use to make the diagnosis.
Don't let your System 1 brain make decisions about other people or circumstances before your System 2 brain is allowed to take a deeper look.
Personal and social identities are intertwined and work together to create a complex image of who we are in our own eyes and who we are in the eyes of others.
Falling for a narcissist can be easier than you'd expect, especially when they are offering what you think you might like to have in your life.
Mood swings may be normal, but explosive anger and irrational behaviors are not.
Dangerous partners can be sexy, but if you fall in love too quickly and too often with manipulative, controlling partners, you put your well-being at risk.
Has compassion for the wellbeing of others waned as the pandemic drags on? That's a normal reaction for folks who feel empathy and compassion.
If your new romantic partner still displays souvenirs of past relationships, this may reflect a tendency for “trophy hunting."
Erotic satisfaction, pragmatic relationship, enduring romance, and kinship with your family are just a few of our unique forms of love.
When “You Do You,” it positively affects almost every aspect of your life.
Do you feel cheated out of life by the pandemic and tired of following pandemic-related rules? This is normal, and so is wanting to take back control. But be kind.
How will your post-pandemic friendscape look? Is it time to do some careful weeding or are you ready to plant new relationships and enliven your social landscape?
Growing up, we may learn how to play along with a narcissistic parent’s mind games, but once we leave home, the games may grow more intense and disruptive.
Untangling the trauma bond that ties you to a narcissistic parent may be much harder than expected.
If you had hoped the thrill of working from home would last through the pandemic, you may have been surprised to realize that you're now feeling stress and burnout instead.
Not everyone is going to be eager to gather in groups as the world opens back up. What's normal and not normal as we approach our return to socializing?
Feeling overwhelmed or traumatized by the witness testimony at the trial of Derek Chauvin is a normal response to an abnormal situation.
We’ve all been battered by the pandemic in some way, whether it’s visible to others or not. Remind yourself that it’s okay to feel whatever you’re feeling right now.
Narcissistic parents wreak emotional havoc on children that can last a lifetime. However, healthy relationships with self and others are possible in adulthood.
Letting go of a friendship can be hard, so follow these suggestions to minimize any emotional damage from the friendship break-up.
Do you ever find yourself trawling for incendiary tweets just to enjoy the cycle of outrage, righteous indignation, and validation from like-minded others as you scroll?
When we all play a role in community initiatives, the payoff includes a sense of belonging and the reward of knowing that our contribution had value.
This five-breath meditation will help you prepare to face the challenges of the coming year.
Some narcissists like to cut down others to make themselves look good and others demand a steady stream of praise from their partners -- which one did you unknowingly choose?
It's totally normal if you feel that Monday is Thursday, December is July, and backwards is now forwards.
When feelings of frustration and disappointment show up when your thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, recognize that these are normal reactions to an abnormal situation.
The benefits of human touch are many. It can act as a “magic bullet” for emotional distress.
Our reserves of strength, stamina, and vitality have been drained by the events of the past year, and many of us feel we have nothing left in the tank.
We light candles to mask unpleasant odors, but if we don't take time to address the source of the odor, we're doing nothing about the "stink." Radical self-care gets to the source.
Research shows that a positive attitude is much more likely to predict success than focusing on negative outcomes or feelings.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.