Codependency can be confusing for people in a relationship with someone who has an addiction to alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviors. Here is a simple way to understand what is going on and avoid the pitfalls.
To intervene on a family in conflict, we need to understand the mammalian brain and how to help members move from a state of defense to one of empathy and understanding. Here is how to recognize what is happening and intervene.
Too many of us spoil our holidays by being too grown-up. This is the time to put shame aside and honor your inner child. Are you afraid that the child will take over or be too demanding? Here is why we are hard on our inner children and how safely to let them out to play.
My core interest is in personal change. Psychotherapy is aimed at fostering change, but it happens in life even more often. This is the starting point for my Psychology Today blog. It is also the core subject of my new book, How We Heal and Grow: The Power of Facing Your Feelings, as well as my blog, Moments of Change, http://blog.psytx.com.