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How to raise happy and resilient children
Erin Leonard Ph.D.
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.
It is critical that a parent possess the tools to identify a toxic friendship and assist the child in escaping an abusive union before irreparable damage is done.
Five strategies to reduce anxiety can be seamlessly incorporated into a person's busy day.
Don't wait too long and wish you knew what was eating at your child. Gain the tool to know today.
Some people do nice things in a close relationship to excuse future emotional inadequacies. However, without empathy and accountability, love is lost.
The more a narcissist tries to incriminate you, the more he or she may incriminate himself or herself. Thinking deeply about the situation is the answer.
Give yourself permission to gracefully exit a toxic encounter this holiday season. Here are six ways to subtly and diplomatically inoculate drama and sustain the peace.
Does it feel like you exist in a different reality than your partner? Are your feelings quickly rebuffed when they differ from your partner's? Extreme deflection may be at play.
Your new girlfriend calls. She’s upset. You try and say the right thing. She grows quiet and ends the conversation. Panic ensues, and you are certain she's going to leave you now.
A narcissistic parent often leaves emotional scars. Yet intervening may provide that parent with ammunition to distort and allege parental alienation.
Ensuring a child is successful is a full time job. But the ultimate goal is to raise a successful child who also has good character. Parent in a way that facilitates both.
Being a person who is able to help a loved one or friend in a crisis creates a lasting bond.
The human brain is a magnificent tool but it needs a break every so often. Providing that break through a daydream may help a person slow the mind down before bedtime.
Assisting a child manage anxiety is one of a parent’s most important jobs
Emotional mistreatment is real, yet often remains undetected because the offender convinces the partner that he or she is at the root of the problem.
Erin Leonard, Ph.D. is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of three books about relationships and parenting.