6 Signs of Narcissistic Collapse and How to Spot Them
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6 Signs of Narcissistic Collapse and How to Spot Them

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition characterized by an exaggerated self-image, a lack of empathy, self-centered behavior, and an excessive need for praise and admiration. Some experts argue that narcissists use their attitudes of superiority and domination to compensate for insecurity and frail self-esteem. So, when a narcissist does not receive the…

9‌ ‌Signs‌ ‌of‌ ‌Narcissist‌ ‌Hoovering‌ ‌&‌ ‌How‌ ‌to‌ ‌Respond‌ ‌
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9‌ ‌Signs‌ ‌of‌ ‌Narcissist‌ ‌Hoovering‌ ‌&‌ ‌How‌ ‌to‌ ‌Respond‌ ‌

A relationship with a narcissist usually feels like a never-ending walk on eggshells. This is because narcissists have exaggerated feelings of self-worth, always putting their needs first. As a result, they commonly display self-centered, controlling, and manipulative behavior, demanding excessive attention and admiration. Narcissists need someone to blame for their problems and failures to admire…

What are the 5 Stages of Compassion Fatigue?

What are the 5 Stages of Compassion Fatigue?

Caring for others often comes at a price. When we are exposed to other people’s traumas and stressors for too long, constantly empathizing and providing support, we can experience a diminished capacity to empathize and show compassion. What is Compassion Fatigue? Compassion fatigue refers to emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion that affects people who care…

What’s the Difference Between Compassion and Empathy?

What’s the Difference Between Compassion and Empathy?

Our innate ability to empathize and offer compassion is critical in our interactions and relationships. According to research, empathy and compassion are associated with positive interpersonal interactions and personal advantages such as increased positive emotions, higher resilience, and improved mental and physical health. Both compassion and empathy are about responding to other people’s feelings and…

How to Deal with Someone Who Doesn’t Respect Boundaries (3 Steps)

How to Deal with Someone Who Doesn’t Respect Boundaries (3 Steps)

Boundaries play a crucial role in our daily lives. They involve limits we establish in our relationships or around our time, communication, energy, and money. Boundaries represent how we care about ourselves and play a crucial role in maintaining our mental health and well-being. Most people will respect our boundaries when we clearly and assertively…

Trauma Bond vs. Love: How to Tell the Difference & Protect Yourself
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Trauma Bond vs. Love: How to Tell the Difference & Protect Yourself

It is natural to go through some ups and downs in your relationship or marriage. However, a healthy connection is about trust, reciprocity, and freedom to keep your independence and grow. Healthy relationships make us feel safe and supported.  Sometimes, however, we find ourselves in relationships not founded on love but on trauma bonds. But…

Understand Toxic Empathy and How to Protect Yourself from It
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Understand Toxic Empathy and How to Protect Yourself from It

Empathy is about seeing the world from the other person’s perspective and understanding what the other person is thinking, feeling, and experiencing. It involves mental, emotional, and somatic processes. Affective or emotional empathy This is a deep understanding of how others feel and the ability to share or mirror the feelings of others (e.g., crying…

What is Innerstanding & How Does It Transform Your Perspective?
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What is Innerstanding & How Does It Transform Your Perspective?

To gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the world, it is not good enough to understand or seek knowledge. While understanding is essential, applying the deepest information about yourself or your experiences is necessary to gain firsthand experience (innerstanding) to continue evolving and navigating your life. What is innerstanding? Innerstanding is about a deep,…

Can a Narcissist Change Their Behavior and Stop Abusing People?
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Can a Narcissist Change Their Behavior and Stop Abusing People?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is typically a life-long condition. Like other personality disorders, NPD is challenging to treat. It affects every aspect of a person’s life, including their well-being, relationships, school, and work. Treatment issues may arise when a narcissist is unaware of or refuses to acknowledge that they have a problem. So, when asking…

Narcissist Triangulation: Ending the Manipulation
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Narcissist Triangulation: Ending the Manipulation

Triangulation is a form of manipulative behavior often present in dysfunctional families and toxic relationships. This model of destructive social interaction is typically an inseparable part of narcissistic abuse. Covert narcissists often use triangulation to control and manipulate their partners, family members, friends, or coworkers. They use this manipulative strategy to bring another person into…

Common Signs A Narcissist Is Done with You (For Good)
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Common Signs A Narcissist Is Done with You (For Good)

The end of any relationship can be brutal, but a breakup with a narcissist can be excruciating. Narcissists are known for their lack of empathy and inability to take responsibility for their actions, making it hard for them to move on and heal. Understanding that a narcissist cannot have a healthy relationship is essential. They…

How To Beat A Narcissist At Their Own Game (Explained)
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How To Beat A Narcissist At Their Own Game (Explained)

There is a good chance that you will sooner or later run into a narcissist in your life. Whether it is your family member, partner, friend, or co-worker, dealing with a narcissist can drain you in every sense. One of the significant consequences of narcissism is the suffering of those around a narcissist. A relationship…

What is Shame & Where Does It Come From?
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What is Shame & Where Does It Come From?

Shame is one of the most challenging emotions to deal with. Although a negative emotion, shame also plays an important role in our behavior, beliefs, and morals since it pushes us to follow social norms, laws, and cultural standards. But when internalized and chronic shame becomes toxic, affecting your self-esteem, well-being, and relationships. What Do…

How Students Are Embracing a Culture of Support

How Students Are Embracing a Culture of Support

Schools are the prime location for learning, but they can often be a high-pressure environment that places a lot of stress and expectations on students to perform well. A study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin found that students of the current generation face more expectations of perfection than previous generations. This pressure often leads…

11 Signs of Narcissistic Abuse You Should Recognize
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11 Signs of Narcissistic Abuse You Should Recognize

Have you been trapped in toxic patterns in your relationship that cause you to feel frightened and insecure, to have a low sense of self-esteem, and to battle persistent feelings of guilt, shame, and helplessness? Does your partner lack understanding of your feelings and have an unhealthy obsession with getting people to like them? Do…

What is Emotional Stability? (& How to Become More Emotionally Stable)
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What is Emotional Stability? (& How to Become More Emotionally Stable)

Can you stay calm in challenging situations and keep your negative feelings from getting the best of you? Or do you get upset easily and react emotionally in most situations? Emotions are powerful, and they have a massive impact on our thinking and actions. Learning what is emotional stability and how to become more emotionally…

7 Tips for Letting Go of the Past and Releasing Your Trauma
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7 Tips for Letting Go of the Past and Releasing Your Trauma

The only way to go on with your life and find happiness is to let go of the things you’ve done wrong and the people who have hurt you. Letting go of the past and releasing your trauma means freeing yourself from the emotional burden that keeps you stuck in life, preventing you from experiencing…

How to Deal with Negative People (Without Feeling Burnt Out)
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How to Deal with Negative People (Without Feeling Burnt Out)

How often do you dread catching up with an old friend over coffee, calling your sister-in-law, or spending the holidays with your mother because you always feel depleted afterward? Some people have an endless supply of negative energy that makes your relationship with them difficult, no matter how much you care for them. Learning how…

7 Types of Inner Critic Voices You Must Learn to Silence
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7 Types of Inner Critic Voices You Must Learn to Silence

“Don’t do it. You’ll make a fool of yourself.” “You look ugly.”  “You’ll never be successful.” “You are a failure.”  “You’ll always be alone.” “You don’t deserve it.” Our inner voice is often our greatest obstacle to happiness and success. Though they may ooze confidence and joy on the surface, many high-achieving, successful people secretly…

6 Simple Ways to Remember Your Goals and Stick with Them
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6 Simple Ways to Remember Your Goals and Stick with Them

We all set goals all the time. Whether it is a New Year’s resolution to exercise more or a decision to find a job you love, goals give our lives purpose and help us maintain control. However, maintaining focus and dedication to our goals can sometimes be challenging. Why Does Sticking to Goals Feel Impossible…

What is a Vulnerable Narcissist? (6 Signs to Look Out For)
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What is a Vulnerable Narcissist? (6 Signs to Look Out For)

In clinical practice, narcissism is a personality disorder. However, most people who exhibit narcissistic traits do not meet the clinical mental health criteria for narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). That means that narcissism can range from a few narcissistic traits to full-scale narcissistic personality disorder, which occurs along the spectrum. What is a Vulnerable Narcissist? Vulnerable…

How to Break the Cycle of Shame & Move On With Your Life?
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How to Break the Cycle of Shame & Move On With Your Life?

Shame is a toxic emotion that can mess up your health and general well-being, often leading to substance abuse, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and confidence, and other difficulties. But where does our shame come from? And how do you break the cycle of shame and move on with your life? What is Shame? Shame is…

Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: Understanding the Connection
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Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: Understanding the Connection

In our efforts to improve ourselves, overcome adversity, and realize our full potential, many of us can’t help but strive for perfection. However, healthy, self-motivating perfectionism has nothing to do with obsessing about our work, body image, exercise, or relationships. There is a stronger connection between perfectionism and eating disorders than most assume. But what…