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Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents – Healing From The Past

Children of emotionally immature parents often struggle with understanding and expressing their emotions effectively, a topic thoroughly explored by clinical psychologist Lindsay C. Gibson in her books. These parents may struggle to respond adequately to their children’s emotional needs, leading to long-term impacts on the child’s mental health and adult relationships. Gibson’s work highlights the […]

The Family You Choose: Understanding Chosen Family in the LGBT Community

In the LGBTQ community, the concept of “chosen family” holds a special significance, extending beyond traditional blood ties to encompass deep, nonbiological kinship bonds among queer individuals. These families are formed on the foundations of shared experiences, empathy, and a mutual understanding of the unique challenges faced in the journey of self-identity and societal acceptance. […]

Reparenting Yourself: Steps to a Kinder Inner Voice

Reparenting is a profound journey of self-healing and relearning, crucial for those who have endured emotional wounds or traumas in childhood. This process, central to our emotional development, involves revisiting and mending the scars left by experiences like neglect or abuse, and is increasingly recognized in mental health discussions. At its core, reparenting is about […]

Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy: Deepening Bonds, Rekindling Connection

Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) stands out as a hopeful approach for partners facing the complexities of modern relationships. This therapy, deeply rooted in attachment theory, specifically targets the emotional aspects of relationship distress, aiming to build a stronger, more secure bond between partners. Today’s couples encounter various challenges, from daily stressors to deeper issues like […]

Compersion: A New Perspective on Love and Relationships

Compersion is a term often described as the antithesis of jealousy. It embodies the feeling of joy one experiences knowing their romantic partner is happy in another intimate relationship. This concept, primarily discussed within polyamorous and consensually non-monogamous relationships, can extend to monogamous contexts as well. At its core, compersion is a positive emotion, a […]

Beyond the Fix: How the Fixer Mentality Affects Relationships

The term “fixer” often brings to mind an image of a compassionate individual tirelessly working to solve problems. In relationships, a fixer is someone who applies this mindset to the people in their life, driven by a sense of responsibility to address emotional stability or life hurdles. While the initial impact of fixer tendencies can […]

Polyamory by Design: The Kitchen Table Approach

Today’s relationship landscape is changing, moving away from traditional monogamy. Polyamory, where people engage in multiple consensual romantic or sexual relationships, offers a new path. It encourages connections, community, and mutual respect in a diverse network of relationships. According to a 2020 study published in Frontiers of Psychology, the number of self-identified consensual non-monogamous individuals […]

How to Navigate Codependency in Relationships

Codependency in relationships is a term that describes a set of behaviors and dynamics where one person becomes emotionally reliant on another for validation, self-esteem, and identity.  It often involves one partner supporting the other’s needs and behaviors to a detrimental extent, leading to a cycle of dependency that can be emotionally challenging for both […]

Spotting the Signs: Unveiling the 12 Traits of a Narcissist

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition marked by a grandiose sense of self-importance, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 6.2% of the population is diagnosed with NPD. The prevalence of this disorder can have significant implications in various aspects of life. Whether […]

Facing the Mirror: Recognizing the Signs of Internalized Homophobia

In our world, the default assumption is heterosexuality unless stated otherwise, and furthermore, it’s often held as the standard for sexuality. These pervasive messages, whether stated outright or subtly implied, can have profoundly negative effects on members of the LGBTQ+ community. Internalized homophobia refers to the unconscious or conscious negative feelings, beliefs, and attitudes that […]