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Can Women Have a Midlife Crisis?

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Reading Time: 7 minutes “In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made.” Kathleen Norris Although the stereotype of a midlife crisis is a gray-haired man, dressing way too young for his age, with a woman who is young enough to be his daughter on his arm …

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You’re Not Crazy:  5 Signs You’re Experiencing Gaslighting

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Gaslighting is a tactic meant to shut you down and shut you out by using your worst fears and insecurities against you… No, you are not crazy! Have you ever been in a disagreement with someone that started out completely calm and rational and quickly spiraled into disaster? Gaslighting is a powerful tool that people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder use …

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How to Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus

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Reading Time: 5 minutes It is reasonable to be anxious about the coronavirus and take necessary precautions, but don’t feed into the fear. There are times when the collective unconscious can be so excited that you can feel the anxiety and anticipation in the air. The coronavirus has set off a panic like one that the world has not seen in decades, if ever. …

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Is Your Relationship Healthy? 10 Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

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Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no such thing as a “perfect marriage,” but there are some characteristics that healthy relationships share. A relationship is something that is supposed to lend you support and provide you with the emotional stability that keeps you mentally and physically healthy. A healthy relationship not only brings out the best in you, but it also makes you feel …

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5 Signs Social Media Is Impacting Your Mental Health

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Social media connects billions of people across the globe, so why are loneliness and social isolation on the increase? Social media was built on the notion that it will help people maintain relationships and bring people closer together, that is not what the research shows about how it is affecting some people’s mental health. A study in 2017 concluded that …

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Give Yourself a Break: Overcoming Self Loathing and Self Hate

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Reading Time: 9 minutes Do you have persistent feelings that you aren’t good enough that take the joy out of life? Overcoming self-loathing is possible. Life is full of peaks and valleys, and sometimes it is difficult to navigate not just life situations, but the people that we encounter. Being a social being is hard enough, but when it comes to not loving yourself, …

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Surviving Infidelity: Rebuilding Trust is Possible

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Reading Time: 9 minutes Although staying in a relationship after infidelity is extremely difficult if two people are committed, then rebuilding is possible. Many things go on in a marriage that can create distrust and resentment, but none so hurtful and shattering as infidelity. Infidelity can involve emotionally or physically turning to someone other than your significant other. And it destroys any trust and …

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Is Having an Emotional Affair Cheating? The Signs and Stages of Emotional Infidelity

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Reading Time: 12 minutes Do you suspect your partner is having an emotional affair? Or maybe you are struggling with a growing emotional connection within a friendship. When does an uncomplicated friendship cross that critical line into emotional cheating?  Unlike the rules about physical infidelities, an emotional affair is far more complicated. It’s not always black and white.  Clearly, sex is easy to define …

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Does Watching Pornography Lead to Depression?

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Reading Time: 10 minutes “The internet is 95 percent porn and spam.” Margaret Atwood Every second of every day, nearly 30,000 people are watching porn. Every day, 68 million people search for porn on the internet. There are also 2.5 billion porn-related emails sent each day.  Pornography is available any time of day, anywhere in the world, all at the click of a button. It’s …

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What is an Existential Crisis? How to Overcome and Move on

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Reading Time: 12 minutes “The greatest fear that human beings experience is not death, which is inevitable, but consideration of the distinct possibility of living a worthless life.”  ― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls Although most of us don’t dwell on why we are here, it is not uncommon, at some point in life, to question what the meaning of all this is. In various …