How Shame and Codependency Can Shape Your Life

When Ryan was growing up, he felt somehow emotionally disconnected from his parents. One time, after a routine, but still hurtful, bullying episode on the playground, Ryan came home wanting sympathy. Instead, he was told not to whine and “You’re a big boy now.”...

Coping with PTSD

If you have been through a traumatic event, you may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Basically, it’s an anxiety disorder that prevents you from functioning well in everyday life.   If you have PTSD, you may suffer from some of these symptoms: You may...

5 Early Warning Signs Your Relationship Is Toxic

There are plenty of early warning signs that your relationship is in trouble—lying and cheating, for example—and you’ll want to pay attention to them. But when you discover early warning signs that your relationship is toxic, it’s time to pull out all the stops to...

When Co-Dependency Makes You Feel Lonely

There are two sides to a co-dependent relationship. Sometimes more. If you’re in a co-dependent relationship, and you’re the person who gives, gives, gives, it can be lonely. The person you’re supporting doesn’t reciprocate and doesn’t really connect with you because...

Are You Emotionally Unavailable?

Susan spent much of her life in serial relationships with married men. These men were literally unavailable and therefore she didn’t have to feel bad when things went sour, as they inevitably did. Not only were the men unavailable for more intimate relationships that...

How Easy Is It to Cheat on Social Media?

The average person who uses social media spends more than two hours a day on it, which is a lot of time to be connecting with people. After all, that is the purpose, and when you share information about your life—schools you went to, cities you lived in, jobs you...

Coping with Post-Pandemic Anxiety

If you’re feeling anxious about life after COVID, guess what? You’re human. You’ve been tried and tested over the last year and you’ve adapted. You’ve been stressed and depressed and rightfully so. The pandemic has caused upheaval in your life and isolated you at the...