How to Conquer Self-Esteem Issues

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Self-esteem is a psychological term that defines our general evaluation of our overall worth as an individual, based on our own personal judgments of and attitude towards ourselves. Self-esteem also encompasses the emotions we feel towards ourselves, such as pride and triumph or feelings of despair and shame. In a nutshell, self-esteem is the judgments […]

Understanding the Victim Mentality

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All of us have felt victimized at some point or another in our lives. At these times we may feel taken advantage of, wronged by another person and/or circumstance, or that life is simply just unfair. The victim stance is a powerful one—the victim believes he or she is always morally right, is not responsible […]

Managing Back-to-School Stress and Anxiety For the Whole Family

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With fall just around the corner, many families begin to experience a growing sense of anxiety over getting back into the busy school routine. The morning rush, the homework, and the myriad of after-school activities quickens our pace of life and is a stark contrast to the quintessential lazy summer days of no schedules or […]

Expectations vs. Reality: How to Let Go of Perfectionism

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Overview Perfectionism is characterized as a personality trait in which a person strives for flawlessness in all parts of life. Perfectionists have unattainably high standards for themselves. They are exceedingly concerned about others’ evaluation of them, hardly ever satisfied with their performance, and blame themselves for when things go wrong–even when they are not directly […]

The Mood Roller Coaster: Understanding Bipolar Disorders

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Variations in our moods and energy levels are normal. We all have our share of days when we feel happy and excited, days when we feel sad and down, and even days when we feel both. On our “happy days,” we may feel invigorated, joyful and have an extra dose of self-confidence. On our “down […]

Borderline Personality Disorder: Facts Versus Myths

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious condition that affects three times the numbers of women verses men. Women diagnosed with BPD have stormy and unstable relationships, problems regulating strong feelings, an unclear sense of self, chronic feelings of emptiness, and some may engage in impulsive and self-damaging behaviors such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors […]