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How to raise happy and resilient children
Erin Leonard Ph.D.
An awareness of an adolescent's developmental vulnerabilities and how they clash with the dark side of social media may help a parent intervene in three important ways.
Am I missing something others have which allow them to be loved? Am I deficient? The answer is probably no, but you may be with an emotionally unavailable partner.
Three qualities indicate a person has emotional intelligence. Emphasizing these attributes may lead to healthier relationships, increased professional success, and happiness.
Four techniques help a parent reduce her child's anxiety.
Understanding the roots of attachment as well as the way in which a partner responds to a boundary may shed light on the experience of intense anxiety when setting a boundary.
Three factors distinguish Machiavellian tendencies from authentic emotional intelligence.
Empathic people can be vulnerable to emotional manipulation. Maintaining healthy boundaries prevents exploitation and restores balance in a relationship.
These four strategies can limit a narcissist's ability to manipulate and emotionally abuse a target.
Experiencing intense anxiety following emotional abandonment or mistreatment is common. Honoring the impact of the emotional abuse and working hard to understand it may help.
You want to get over a partner's past actions, but your anxiety escalates when a similar situation comes up, and your partner accuses you of holding a grudge.
Childhood anxiety is on the rise. Helping your child learn to manage anxiety may be the best gift a parent can give.
When moving forward with a questionable partner, it may be necessary to resurrect boundaries to avoid being hurt again. How he responds to the boundary may tell you everything.
A narcissist treats acquaintances like gold and a partner with disdain. It's common for him to put more energy into fluffing his own image than quality interactions with a loved one.
The hero/victim defense creates an altered reality in which a partner is constantly "innocent" and "honorable" despite their manipulative and unkind behavior.
A partner who accuses you of being insecure may be the one with deep and hidden insecurities.
The difference between an empathic approach and a sympathetic response may determine the amount of grit a child brings to the table in life.
There is an understandable psychological explanation for remaining in a painful relationship and it may not have anything to do with love. Understanding the dynamic may be freeing.
Involvement with a partner who shames, dismisses, and punishes a person for expressing a feeling he or she does not like may cause self-doubt.
Understanding these manipulative tactics can help detect a narcissistic partner.
If small disagreements end in epic battles and your feelings are constantly disregarded, you may be involved with a person who lacks emotional intelligence.
Swaying from the hero who is going to save the day to the most broken individual allows a person to evade accountability and fuel his or her own ego.
A partner who suddenly abandons the relationship may lack the ability to sustain closeness.
It may be easier for a partner who struggles with closeness to unplug and reset with a new person. Going through the motions of getting close may be less taxing than sustaining it.
People pleasers are terrified they will be rejected and excluded by friends, and consumed with worry about disappointing others.
4 strategies help transform a flirty rapport into a deep and lasting connection.
Although a narcissist and a people-pleaser may act differently in relationships, they may have something in common: a parent who could not deal with their feelings.
Understanding the inner world of a teen provides a parent with insight and the tools to help.
Knowing what to say to help a friend in crisis is critical. Yet, some friends seem to get angry when you try to help. Several strategies help a person deal with both scenarios.
Using anxiety as a barometer to gauge mental health may not be accurate. Distinguish mental health from emotional health and understand how and when you experience anxiety.
A narcissist often won't show his or her true colors until a partner is invested. But one trait may shed light on a person's character: the inability to resolve conflict peacefully.
Erin Leonard, Ph.D. is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of three books about relationships and parenting.