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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
Do you feel cheated out of life by the pandemic and tired of following pandemic-related rules? This is normal, and so is wanting to take back control. But be kind.
How will your post-pandemic friendscape look? Is it time to do some careful weeding or are you ready to plant new relationships and enliven your social landscape?
Growing up, we may learn how to play along with a narcissistic parent’s mind games, but once we leave home, the games may grow more intense and disruptive.
Untangling the trauma bond that ties you to a narcissistic parent may be much harder than expected.
If you had hoped the thrill of working from home would last through the pandemic, you may have been surprised to realize that you're now feeling stress and burnout instead.
Not everyone is going to be eager to gather in groups as the world opens back up. What's normal and not normal as we approach our return to socializing?
Feeling overwhelmed or traumatized by the witness testimony at the trial of Derek Chauvin is a normal response to an abnormal situation.
We’ve all been battered by the pandemic in some way, whether it’s visible to others or not. Remind yourself that it’s okay to feel whatever you’re feeling right now.
Narcissistic parents wreak emotional havoc on children that can last a lifetime. However, healthy relationships with self and others are possible in adulthood.
Letting go of a friendship can be hard, so follow these suggestions to minimize any emotional damage from the friendship break-up.
Do you ever find yourself trawling for incendiary tweets just to enjoy the cycle of outrage, righteous indignation, and validation from like-minded others as you scroll?
When we all play a role in community initiatives, the payoff includes a sense of belonging and the reward of knowing that our contribution had value.
This five-breath meditation will help you prepare to face the challenges of the coming year.
The most dangerous aspect of narcissists is that once they “choose you,” they may pursue you relentlessly and effectively. You might not realize this until it's too late.
It's totally normal if you feel that Monday is Thursday, December is July, and backwards is now forwards.
When feelings of frustration and disappointment show up when your thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, recognize that these are normal reactions to an abnormal situation.
The benefits of human touch are many. It can act as a “magic bullet” for emotional distress.
Our reserves of strength, stamina, and vitality have been drained by the events of the past year, and many of us feel we have nothing left in the tank.
We light candles to mask unpleasant odors, but if we don't take time to address the source of the odor, we're doing nothing about the "stink." Radical self-care gets to the source.
Research shows that a positive attitude is much more likely to predict success than focusing on negative outcomes or feelings.
As life stressors continue to pile up or persist, there are simple tricks to use to help you handle your own reactions.
The risk for extra-relational cheating isn't limited to romantic cheating—competing attachments can include technology, addictions, and social commitments, among others.
Let your friendships offer you a peek into the wider world rather than merely being a mirror of who and where you are today.
Chats with "casual friends" play a significant role in your well-being. Don't let those friendships become casualties of the pandemic.
Resilience is needed to recover from the damage the virus causes, but it's also needed to cope with the emotional damage of the stigma the diagnosis can bring with it.
Until you get outside your comfort zone and consider alternative ideas, you won’t really “know” what you “know” or even know “why” you believe what you believe what you do.
A narcissist has such deep-rooted insecurities that they cannot tolerate the give and take of normal human relationships.
Collective narcissism brews intergroup hostility to protect fragile egos; communal narcissists use “causes” and false social interest to protect their own egos.
Advocacy begins in the belief of the worth of another and the ways in which your efforts can further give agency and voice to another.
When we’re engaging in online connections exclusively, we’re focused on the similarities; moving to a face-to-face relationship may bring our differences into focus.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.