Sharing personal information brings people closer together. But how do you know when you’ve gone too far—or when someone else has ulterior motives?
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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
Even normal life transitions can raise resistance, depending on a few key factors: context, timing, your expectations, and the perceived impact you think the change will bring.
Here are 15 tips for dealing with burnout and the accompanying exhaustion and disillusionment it brings.
There's a 4-word question that can help raise a partner's level of trust when it's asked with care, concern, and consistency.
Does failure grind your gears or rev your engine? Research shows that grit and perseverance can turn failure into fuel for long-term success.
Do you ever feel that you are living a life designed to please others and not yourself?
How well do you know yourself? Some of us avoid self-exploration and reflection out of fear of what we may find out.
A new study suggests that women may be less likely to marry due to the challenge of finding partner who are economically adequate.
It takes courage to confront relationship issues, but the pay-off can be a much improved relationship or freedom from a relationship that was dragging you down.
We all need friends we can count on when life is swinging or we're dangling. But the magic number to reap those benefits may be smaller than you think.
Make sure that you don't waste a day of vacation by stressing out about the worries you are trying to leave behind.
Firefly friends are unexpected friends you make in unfamiliar places, such as when you're on vacation. What do "firefly friendships" and "love at first sight" have in common?
Loneliness is a pervasive condition, but there are ways to combat the sense of isolation it creates.
Do you carry around secrets that are hijacking your thoughts? Maybe it's time to disarm the secrets that have you in a stronghold.
Not every friendship will last a lifetime, but there are practices that encourage relationships to thrive.
If a child or teen has trouble connecting with peers, it might be because parents spent more time interacting with screens than they did actively engaging with their child.
The more frequently you "phub" your friends, the less likely it will be that they'll want to give you opportunities to phub them further.
Happiness is about the choices you make even when life isn't turning out the way you wanted.
Admit it, everyone's a little bit narcissistic. There is a line, though, that some people cross—and this dangerous level of narcissism may cost people friends, jobs, and success.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you are being asked to give in a relationship. True friends appreciate you for who you are, not just what you do.
When your commitment to the job outweighs your commitment to your own well-being, you are likely sacrificing both to a greater extent that you ever imagined.
Do you believe every problem has a solution—or do you look for the problem with every potential solution?
Should everyone make the effort to “turn their frown upside down” and smile, even when they feel like crying? It all depends.
Extreme mothering isn't always the best option for raising a happy and self-sufficient daughter. Here are truths and tips to help make mothering and daughtering a bit easier.
When life events force you to re-think your identity, open yourself up to the new friendships that will help you grow into your new roles.
We're angry, stressed, and worried. Gallup's recent Global Emotions Report shows that American discontent is at an all-time high.
Most people feel anxious when bringing up sexual needs or problems with their partners. Here are ways to ask for what you need without hurting their feelings or damaging their ego.
Being connected to the “right person” isn’t as important as being connected to the people who are “right” for you.
If it’s been more than a month since your breakup and you still feel stuck, you may need to force yourself to get back into the ebb and flow of social connections.
Counselors provide space, literal and metaphorical, where clients can make sense of experiences, validate their truths, and figure out their new normal.
Savvy enough to know what not to do, narcissists may “fake it” until they “make it” and capture your heart while doing damage to your psyche.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.