“How can I forgive myself?” is a question I hear often as a therapist. We all can do things that we find more than difficult to forgive ourselves for, hurting people we care about or making a mistake that now carries guilt or shame. The opposite of this process is how people with narcissism view themselves, and I’ve included the “narcissist’s prayer” to remind us of how we don’t want to approach hurting others. Forgiveness also carries a strong spiritual meaning for many. But here are five ideas that can help you reach self-forgiveness, as I’ve learned from what I do every day.

The listener email deals with both physically and emotionally losing connection with your children after a divorce. It’s very painful to do so, and highly difficult to handle.


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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

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