Three Ways to Challenge Your Aggressive Behaviors

Aggressive behavior is a style of expressing one’s feelings and needs in a way that violates the rights of others. This pattern of behavior will often generate fear in others and alienate them from the aggressor. An individual with a pattern of aggressive behavior will blame others instead of taking accountability for their actions.

Passive Communication

Passive communication is a style where one has developed a pattern of avoiding expressing their opinions and/or feelings. They often avoid protecting their rights, and identifying and meeting their needs. People who tend to develop passive ways of communicating usually suffer from low self-esteem and feel “I’m not worth it.” This style of communicating can also lead to feelings of anxiety, helplessness, depression and anger.

Communication in Relationships

What is communication in relationships? It’s the ability to discuss freely, without the fear of retribution or intimidation, one’s thoughts and feelings.

Handling Disappointment

How do you handle disappointment?  We all seem to handle disappointments in various ways. Some are more passive at not having things go their way. Others are much more aggressive and explosive. As though everything revolves around them and it should always happen as they deem necessary.  In their helpful … Read More

Five Signs Someone is Not Emotionally Available

It seems a lot of people have difficulty finding someone who is “emotionally available” for a relationship. Many stay in a relationship way too long, only to finally realize their romantic partner is unwilling or unable to follow through with a commitment. In order to find an emotionally available person, you first have to weed out the ones who are obviously not available to you.

Three Ways to Make Yourself a Priority as a Caregiver

The role of caregiver is fraught with the demands of both time and energy, often when both commodities are at a high premium in one’s life. Many adults find themselves caring for parents and children simultaneously as well as juggling a work and home environment where added stressors multiply quickly. As in any demanding time of life, prioritizing what goes at the top of the list is very important. It may seem counterintuitive, but put your name at the top of the list.

Get Some Sunshine

So often people will run for the covers when they’re feeling overwhelmed or depressed about life. However, what might turn out better for many is to lift off the covers and head for the great outdoors. Do I mean to wander off on some trail dodging falling pinecones or broken … Read More

Defining Ourselves

Have you ever let another person’s perception of you define how you make choices and how you behave?  When we let others compare and define who we are, we sometimes take on roles that are simply assigned by others. 

Just Breathe

The next time you are feeling the demands of life weighing heavy, try slowing down your life to the pace of one deep breath.