The Long Legacy of Childhood Verbal Abuse

Research confirms that childhood psychological abuse does lasting, significant damage.

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...

Is He or She an Addict First? Or a Narcissist First?

When someone you love is addicted, your first impulse may be to offer all the support and empathy you can. But is this always the right thing to do?

Should You Salvage Your Relationship With Mom?

The plight of the unloved daughter remains a societal secret, kept under wraps and rarely acknowledged. But many of us don't get our emotional needs met in childhood.

5 Steps to Reclaim Your Life After a Bad Divorce

There's no question that divorce can be a pivotal event in your life. Here's what to do to help yourself recover.

The Gaslighted Child

Our culture is resistant to the idea that some mothers actively undermine their children. That resistance doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

6 Talks Any Couple Must Have Before Marriage

You and your partner should tackle these six important topics before you tie the knot.

Why Recovering From the Narcissist in Your Life Is So Hard

Getting over a failed relationship or going through a divorce is always hard, but when a narcissist is in the mix, the process is always more difficult.

Unloved Daughters and Living the Dance of Denial

Confronting painful childhood experiences is something many people resist, including those with complicated mother-daughter relationships.

The Communal Narcissist: Another Wolf Wearing a Sheep Outfit

This type of narcissist can be subtle and hard to spot. Here's where to look for them.

13 Things You Must Know if You Are Divorcing a Narcissist

Divorce is hard enough under any circumstances, especially if there are children in the mix, but divorcing a narcissist can be hell on earth. Here's what you should prepare for.

Surviving Mother's Day: 5 Strategies to Get Through

Yes, it's supposed to be a celebration. But for some women and men, it's one of the most difficult days in the year.

6 Reasons It's Easy to Be Fooled by a Narcissist

What is it about these people? Why are we drawn to them only be smashed and broken? Why don't we see it coming? Here's why....

How Children of Unloving Mothers Can Find Self-Compassion

Why is it so hard to turn off that critical voice in your head? Taking a close look at self-criticism—and how self-compassion can help.

4 Myths About How We Live Today

It will surprise you how many things you think are the norm in America aren't... Take a look and get informed...

5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Verbal Abuse

The lasting effects of verbal abuse shouldn't be understated. What science knows and you should too.

4 Behaviors That Unmask a Hidden Narcissist

Sometimes, the narcissist in your life is pretty well-hidden. Absent the grandiosity, the need for admiration, and preening, the tiger shows his stripes when he fights.

5 Things Loving Parents Would Never Say

Being aware of your own behavior and how it can impact your child's development as well as practicing mindful and conscious parenting are key to raising emotionally healthy kids

4 Things Unloving Mothers Miss Out On

Unloved daughters focus on what they missed in childhood. But there's another, slightly counterintuitive, way of looking at the mother-daughter dynamic.

5 Things You Have to Stop Saying to People You Care About

It's time to consider whether some of your favorite sayings shouldn't be said at all. Keep your lemonade to yourself, would you? They're my lemons.....

6 Terrible Reasons for Anyone to Have A Child

The reasons we decide to become parents can have far-reaching effects on how we interact with our child or children, especially if they remain unexamined and unarticulated.

5 Ways to Defuse Holiday Stress

Is the thought of the holiday season getting you down or making you anxious? If so, you're not alone...

4 Things an Empath Never Says (and Neither Should You)

Sympathy and empathy are often used interchangeably but the truth is that they are very different processes on both a neurological and social level. And the difference matters.

4 Proven Ways to Bounce Back From Failure

Taking a close look at why some people recover from failure, and others don't, and what you can do to help yourself.

You, Me, and the Narcissist Next Door

The term "narcissist" gets tossed around with a fair amount of abandon. Who's a narcissist and who isn't? Well, the answer offered up by a new book might surprise you. Welcome to healthy and unhealthy narcissism....You're all included.

Venus v. Serena Williams: Reflecting on Sibling Relationship

What a tennis competition between sisters can teach us all about this most extended of family relationships...

Is There Any Hope for Relationships With Narcissists?

It's true enough that most of us hang in far longer than we should in toxic relationships, especially with a narcissistic partner. Some of that has to do with hopefulness that our partner and relationship will change. Is that magical thinking? Looking at recent research....

Is Your Relationship Growing or Diminishing Your Real Self?

We connect with others in part to validate our sense of who we are but why is it that, sometimes--more often than we'd like--the close connections we forge make us feel "less than" instead of "more than." A close look at the perils and rewards of interdependence....

Should You Divorce Your Mother?

Some personal choices make us profoundly uncomfortable, and chief among them is the decision to end contact with a parent. Should we be tolerant and understanding instead?

Do You Have Trouble With Intimacy? If So, You're Not Alone

What constitutes emotional closeness? Well, it all depends on your needs, desire, and capacity. Looking at matches and mismatches in friendship and love and why intimacy can be so darn elusive.

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