There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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How to raise happy and resilient children
Erin Leonard Ph.D.
A partner who is realistic about their parent’s inadequacies and capabilities and loves the parent despite mistakes is probably able to do the same for a partner.
During a discussion, your child hangs her head, tears up, and totally shuts down. The talk comes to a screeching halt. Here's help.
Several tricks help a busy mom stay emotionally attuned to her kids without having to invest a substantial amount of extra time.
Eight red flags may indicate you are dating a narcissist. Uncovering this possibility before making a serious commitment is crucial.
It’s not what happens to our children, it is how we help them deal with it.
Imposter Syndrome is real. Seventy percent of adults have experienced it in their adult lives. Taking steps to safeguard a child from this phenomenon is critical.
"But I was never locked in a closet or beaten with a coat hanger." A sentiment expressed by many clients who believe they deserved the treatment of an emotionally abusive parent.
Feeling bad does not mean a person is bad. Understanding negative emotions can lead to personal growth and happiness.
Three strategies may help a parent stressed by an adult child struggling to launch by empowering the young adult without creating dependency.
Cognitive empathy and empathy, or actually "going there" emotionally, are completely different. One is healing.
Toxic comments are often cleverly disguised as a joke or a compliment, but if they sting, cause confusion, and swim in a person's head for days, they qualify as toxic.
A parent who is never wrong in their relationship with a child may raise a child who is never wrong in their relationship with a parent.
4 strategies to help partners understand each other's emotions—putting an end to the frustrating "head banging" dynamic.
Helping a child when they won't open up is difficult. This specific approach assists a parent in helping the child take his or her walls down.
The most powerful psychological weapon in a narcissist's arsenal is projective identification. It is what creates the toxic chemistry that chains an empath to a narcissist.
Distinguishing healthy anger from dysfunctional anger is critical in maintaining a healthy and vital relationship. Understanding the difference helps maintain the peace and love.
Parents often believe a child's experience of achievement is what facilitates confidence, yet, it is the quality of the parent/child bond that fosters a rugged sense-of-self.
One of the most difficult aspects of being human is feeling insecure. Yet, fighting through insecurity is easier than it seems. Here are four tips to becoming fearless.
The argument against empathy is flawed for three important reasons. Understanding them is critical in clarifying what empathy is and why it is imperative to human beings.
Three signs indicate a relationship may be bad for you. If a relationship is plagued with these dynamics, it is important to know how to figure it out.
Amidst a sea of suggestions about how to teach a child empathy, there is one sure-fire way. Knowing this bit of information helps transform your relationship with your child.
Worry about what's to come is natural. Yet anxiety can paralyze us. To remain peaceful. we need the tools to keep it at a manageable level.
Empathy is a powerful gift. Clarification about what it is and how to use it is critical.
In a world filled with tragedy, it is important to know how to help your child when they are exposed to it.
Being emotionally invested while maintaining a logical perspective is key to both healthy relationships and good decision making. Here's how to do it.
The holiday season can be full of joy and family dysfunction. However, there is a way to nip family drama in the bud before it escalates.
Often a person is decimated by a break-up even when the relationship was painful and unsatisfying. Why does losing something—even something bad—hurt?
Knowing how to help a child when they are in crisis is critical. How a parent handles the situation can heal their child and strengthen the parent/child bond or drive them away.
Dealing with a narcissist induces anxiety, dread, and hopelessness. Yet, there are three keys to unlocking your power in the relationship. Bypass and surpass the narcissist.
Does a conflict with your partner leave you feeling like you are in the twilight zone? Is their version of reality completely different from yours? There may be a reason.
Erin Leonard, Ph.D. is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of three books about relationships and parenting.