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Embracing transitions and change
Abigail Brenner M.D.
Sometimes we disagree with someone on a key topic. Engaging respectfully is the key to agreeing to agree or agreeing to disagree.
Suffering a broken heart is one of the most devastating events in a person's life. Gaining insight into what happened will help you make better choices in the future.
Is your relationship all it can be? Has it gotten stale? Have you gotten lazy? Here are a few things you can begin today to bring back that spark and excitement you once had.
Sometimes things go wrong in your life. After a while, you start to think that you're the problem. These strategies can help you turn your life around.
Letting go of the past is often hard to do—all of the expectations, hopes, and dreams that won't happen. But letting go is essential to change and that is what life is all about.
It may seem easy to fall in love with one special person. But is it the right person? The right one is not only partner and lover, but best friend and companion.
Sometimes abuse is obvious from the outside. Other times, it's hidden from the scrutiny of others. A relationship built on controlling and hurting another in any way is never acceptable.
When you forgive, everyone benefits. Forgiveness allows both parties to move on in their lives unencumbered by past hurts and free of negative emotions.
Death is inevitable. The idea that the one you love the most may leave you is often too much to bear. Yet, preparing for this death will inevitably help you move on with your life.
Life is full of change. But there are those rare times in history when a potentially catastrophic event affects everyone. How do we cope?
During your life, you are many things to many people. You assume many roles and identities. But at the core of it all, who are you?
Relationships are always changing and evolving. It's essential to take the time and effort to reconnect and recommit.
Setting personal boundaries is essential to maintaining integrity. Shelter-in-place with others challenges us to find ways to keep our space and distance.
These are times when all humans are being challenged by a potential killer. While we understand the gravity of the situation, we need to look at the positives coming out of this.
It is our obligation and duty to not only raise our children but to give them every opportunity to experience life and expand their world.
Is living in the past preventing you from moving forward? Here are some ways to master the past and use what you've learned to create a better future.
Uncertainty—that in-between phase when you don't know what will happen and have little control over the outcome—can be very unsettling. Here's how to make it work for you.
When a relationship—one you have invested your time, effort, and emotions in—shows signs of falling apart and can't be salvaged, how do you bring closure in a way that respects both parties?
Kristina Schellinski, a Jungian analyst, offers a consciousness-raising path of individuation to help adult replacement children become the unique people that they are.
Change is inevitable. Why fight it when you can effectively learn how to work with it to change your life for the better.
While it's admirable to please others, where do you draw the line? How much do you give before you're giving yourself away? Learn to stand up for yourself to get what you need.
The loss of a love relationship can be devastating. Navigating loss successfully is essential to regaining a sense of self and emerging with hope for the future.
Who we are is heavily influenced by our key relationships. But what about our relationship with ourselves? Knowing who we are helps us create the life we want.
We get so caught up in habit of living daily life that we often forget to be present in the moment. Being present to and for life is a great gift to give ourselves.
Some people want to have a relationship with you for all the wrong reasons. Here are some strategies to avoid being drawn in by them.
Sometimes, a relationship can get off track. Instead of working on it together as a couple, one of the spouses might find comfort and attention with someone else. What to do?
You want the two people you love so much—your spouse and your mother—to get along. But often, they don't. Here's how to avoid getting caught in the middle.
Some equate toxic people with a specific personality disorder and are offended at how they are referred to and treated. Toxic isn't limited to any one group & can refer to anyone.
Many people look forward to the holidays. But once they're here, you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Enjoy your holidays by planning ahead.
Sometimes partners love differently. If your relationship is a lot of work and your partner seems passive or disinterested, don't ignore your feelings.
Abigail Brenner, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice. She is the author of Transitions: How Women Embrace Change and Celebrate Life and other books.