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Cutting Remarks

It takes a lifetime to learn how to handle disappointment, and being a teenager doesn’t help much when things get rough. I was wondering what would cause a beautiful, smart 15 year old like Briana to get a pack of her dad’s razors and some disinfecting lotion from the medicine cabinet and deliberately carve small [...]

Teenage Depression

Under the stereotype of teenage angst, teenagers often claim to be misunderstood, but parents should be careful not to misinterpret signs of teenage depression as a bad mood that will pass with time. Untreated depression can have severe negative consequences on a person’s life, so take time to investigate any serious and significant mood changes. [...]

Victims and victimizers

Tricia spoiled good things that happened. At last she had everything she ever wanted:  marriage, a beautiful house and a sweet baby girl.  But she was unhappy. As a child, she had come to believe that good things never last. As a teenager, she fought with her controlling father, slamming the front door and not [...]

The secret self

Some people try to maintain an impression of being happy when they are really suffering inside.  They live an “as if” existence – as if there is a secret self that must be hidden. This is the self that intrudes in quiet moments.  At night, it sabotages sleep with disturbing thoughts and shameful feelings. [...]

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Venting and anger management

Pop psychology tries to describe people as kitchen appliances needing a vent.  An appealing idea, but unfortunately, wrong.  People are much more complicated than pressure cookers that need to blow off steam. The fact is that screaming, punching a pillow, or other kinds of “venting” do not help people become healthy, and can actually contribute [...]

Fighting and Loving

You’ve been in a good mood all day.  It’s dinnertime and you’re waiting for your husband to come home from work.  You feel happy and you’re looking forward to talking about your day. But as soon as the door opens, you know something is wrong. By the time dinner is over, you have gotten into [...]

Are you too nice to be assertive?

It seems to be taboo to say no in the 21st century. We crave acceptance and saying yes often elicits a positive reaction. The result is that many people find it difficult to be assertive. Assertiveness doesn’t mean – as some people think – being aggressive, bossy or self-centred. Being assertive is standing up for your own [...]