A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Erin Leonard Ph.D.
"When things are good, they are great, but when they are bad, they are very bad," is a sentiment I have heard from many couples who struggle with conflict resolution. Find out why.
Food is warm, appealing, and comforting. It closely resembles love. A tendency to overeat may indicate a hunger for emotional sustenance.
Four techniques prepare a parent to assist a child with the anxiety that is overarching today.
Diving into a new relationship headfirst can be tempting, but these 10 signs can help you decipher if the love will last.
Three tendencies clarify mild and fairly harmless narcissistic tendencies from full-blown narcissism.
There are two questions a parent can ask an adolescent to quickly assess the status of his or her self-esteem.
A partner who was once loving is now disinterested, aloof, and self-serving. What may be revealed by this change in demeanor and temperament?
Many painful feelings escape a person's conscious awareness and are transferred to food in ways we do not realize. Understanding the underpinnings of the feelings may be liberating.
In the heat of the moment, the hurt and anger make it easy to walk away. Yet, when the dust settles, self-doubt takes over. Eight tendencies may help clarify whether to stay or go.
The difference in the way a person portrays himself or herself publicly and how they act behind closed doors may signify trouble. Here is why.
Three responses to a boundary may indicate a person is manipulative.
Kindness is not weakness, nor is it stupidity. When someone new comes along be true to yourself, and know that a good heart is a human being's greatest asset.
Is your love born from closeness and trust or is it a precious prize that needs protection?
Frustrated because it feels impossible to resolve an issue with your partner? There may be a reason why.
If you are sensing a disconnect between what a partner says and how he or she acts, it may be a sign you need to look deeper. Understanding what this inconsistency means is vital.
Feelings are the essence of who a person is. Recognizing and accepting feeling states help a person understand himself or herself and the situation.
Being the hero is is not always an act of love. It may be a narcissistic tendency. Rescuing someone in order to gain control of him or her is manipulative.
Attempting to fix problems in a relationship is healthy. If a partner shuts down, it's difficult. Four tips to assist a person who wants to help a partner who withdraws.
"I don't have a right to feel sad when people are dying" is a sentiment I hear from many grief-stricken clients impacted by an issue unrelated to COVID-19.
Family fights can spiral out of control, causing emotional turmoil for everyone involved. Here are five ways to contain the conflict and heal the ruptures.
When developmental tasks are not met, kids feel depressed. The primary developmental task of a teen is independence, which is not possible currently. Here's how to help.
Unconscious anxiety, the type that one is not aware of, frequently bubbles up to the surface and takes shape as a dark thought. Here is some help with intrusive thoughts.
A partner who oscillates from nice to mean, caring to cold, and interested to dismissive keeps a person spinning. Here's how to stop the pain and confusion.
A parent's primary focus is to take care of a child's physical health, but taking care of a child's mental health is equally critical.
Parenting is confusing. How does a parent attempt to understand and support a child without enabling? The answer is important and has ramifications for a child's character.
Do you swallow feelings and opinions because a partner refuses to hear information that challenges his or her self-perception? Understanding why and how to help is imperative.
A parent who is in tune with how a child feels and honors the feeling, yet upholds expectations and rules is a parent who empathizes instead of enables.
A person with a high EQ may be more vulnerable to bouts of anxiety because her or she is in touch with uncomfortable emotions.
When nightmarish fights follow a minor confrontation, often a person resorts to stuffing feelings, which can take a toll.
Confidence is not narcissism. You may have a higher EQ than you think.
Erin Leonard, Ph.D. is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of three books about relationships and parenting.