10 Signs Your Boss / Manager is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic manager can be insensitive and conceited at best, and exploitative or abusive at worst. Here are ten signs that your boss might be a narcissist...

10 Signs Your Co-Worker / Colleague is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance. At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic co-worker can be annoying and frustrating at best, and a serious threat to your career at worst. Here are ten signs that your colleague might be a narcissist...

10 Tips to Change From Reactive to Proactive in Situations

All of us encounter experiences in life when we may be temporally overwhelmed by a negative emotion, be it anger, pressure, nervousness, despair, or confusion. In these situations, how we choose to “master the moment” can make the difference between proactive versus reactive, and confidence versus insecurity. Here are ten ways to be less reactive in difficult situations...

8 Signs You're in a Relationship with a Sexual Narcissist

Sexual narcissism can be defined as a grandiose sense of one’s sexual prowess which, in the mind of the sexual narcissist, entitles him or her to engage in acts of emotional and physical manipulation at the partner’s expense. How do you know when your partner may be a sexual narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...

5 Ways to Motivate and Encourage Seniors

Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often require unique interpersonal skills and strategies.

3 Major Warning Signs of Relationship Trouble

Most of us want to meet and settle down with the “right” person, and most of us want such a relationship to last. Yet, 53% of marriages in the U.S., 48% in Canada, 47% in the U.K., and 43% in Australia end in divorce. What are some of the major warning signs of a relationship in trouble? Here are three key indicators based on research...

8 Warning Signs Your Lover is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." How do you know when your romantic partner may be a narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

6 Tips for Dealing With Passive-Aggressive People

Are you dealing with someone who’s passive-aggressive in your life? Relating to a passive-aggressive person can be a difficult experience, with many moments of frustration, anger, and despair. How can you stay on top of the situation and maintain your equanimity? Here are keys to successfully handle passive-aggressive personal relationships...

How To Spot and Stop Narcissists

Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...

7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...

How to Communicate with Difficult Seniors and Older Adults

Do you know a difficult older adult in your life? Higher standards of living and medical advancements are extending life expectancies in many countries to well above the age of eighty. Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often requires unique communication skills and strategies. Here are six keys for successful communication with seniors...

How to Communicate Effectively with Older Adults

Higher standards of living and medical advancements are extending life expectancies in many countries to well above the age of eighty. Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often requires unique communication skills and strategies. Here are five keys for successful communication with seniors...

How to Stop Blaming Others, and Be Free and Powerful!

Blame can be defined as holding others responsible for our misfortunes. it may seem easy and convenient to blame others for our unhappiness, but in the long run we lose out. Here's how to let go of blame, and be free and powerful!

How to Negotiate With Difficult and Aggressive People

Do you deal with aggressive, intimidating, or controlling people at work or in your personal life? With astute approach and intelligent communication, you may turn aggression into cooperation, and condescension into respect. Here are a few tips on how to negotiate with difficult individuals.

6 Keys for Narcissists to Change Toward the Higher Self

Self-aware narcissists have the potential to change for the better. Here are six essential keys...

Confident Communication Skills for Introverts

Are you an introvert who would like to strengthen your communication skills? The key to communication success for introverts is not to act like an extrovert, but to leverage the qualities of introversion with empowering communication skills, so you can achieve the best impact with minimum stress...

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence ― 6 Essentials

Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) can be defined as the ability to understand, manage, and effectively express one's own feelings, as well as engage and navigate successfully with those of others. Here are six keys to increasing your emotional intelligence...

How to Let Go of Negative Thoughts & Emotions: Self-Blame

All of us make mistakes in life. When you look back at your past deeds, perhaps there were decisions and actions you regret. There may have been unfortunate errors in judgment. You may have caused harm to yourself and/or others. Here’s an exercise to help you let go and move on...

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others—and Feel Happier!

One of the easiest ways to feel bad about oneself is to compare yourself unfavorably to others. We may be tempted to compare ourselves with those who have more accomplishments, seem more attractive, make more money, or boast more Facebook friends. Here's how you can stop comparing yourself—and feel happier!

10 Signs That You're in a Relationship with a Narcissist

Psychologist Stephen Johnson writes that the narcissist is someone who has “buried his true self-expression in response to early injuries and replaced it with a highly developed, compensatory false self.” How do you know when you’re dealing with a narcissist? The following are some telltale signs...

How to Successfully Handle Aggressive and Controlling People

Most of us come across aggressive, intimidating, or controlling personalities at some points in our lives. These individuals may exist in our personal sphere or professional environment. Here are seven important keys to dealing with them...

How to Recognize and Handle Manipulative Relationships

Psychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits, and privileges at the victim’s expense. Here are the different types of psychological manipulation you may find in unhealthy relationships:

The Problem with Perfectionism–How to Truly Succeed!

Are you a perfectionist? Many perfectionists are very hard on themselves when it comes to perceived imperfections, faults, and shortcomings. You may think that you’re not good enough in some ways, thereby placing tremendous pressure on yourself to succeed…

Ron Takaki, Vincent Chin and Asian American Leadership

When U.C. Berkeley professor Ronald Takaki passed away in 2009, America lost one of its most important warriors in the endeavor to forge a stronger, more successful multi-cultural society. As I contemplate Takaki’s legacy, one of the most seminal events for Asian Americans comes to mind.

How to Strengthen & Improve the Sound of Your Speaking Voice

Do you like the sound of your speaking voice? Would you like to develop a stronger and more attractive tone, so you’re taken more seriously, interrupted less, and treated with greater respect? Here are a few tips...

How to Spot and Stop Manipulators

Psychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits and privileges at the victim’s expense. How can you successfully manage these situations? Here are eight keys to handling manipulative people...

Relationship and Workplace Communication Best Practices

As the Communication Success Blog celebrates surpassing two million views, below are the top 10 most read, Facebook liked, and retweeted articles from its second year. May these resources bring you great relationship and workplace communication success!

How to Recognize and Handle Passive-Aggressive Behavior

The American Psychiatric Association defines passive-aggressive personality disorder as a "pervasive pattern of negativistic attitudes and passive resistance to demands for adequate performance in social and occupational situations…"

How to Handle Difficult People – A Tao Perspective

Tao, the ancient Chinese concept of “the way,” can be interpreted as harnessing and flowing with your life force (“Chi”) so you experience composure and equanimity within, while projecting supple and effective strength without.

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