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Three Steps in Learning to Respond – Not React

As the pandemic continues, perhaps you’re sheltering in place with family and finding that communications with others are breaking down more easily. Or perhaps you’re feeling that your emotions are a bit more difficult to contain. If so, this post is for you.   There’s a...

192 SelfWork: Are You Embarrassed To Be Embarrassed?

Today we’re going to talk about embarrassment. I was listening to Brené Brown’s relatively new podcast called Unlocking Us and heard her use a term I didn’t know. The term was self-conscious emotions and embarrassment is one of them. In this episode sponsored by BetterHelp, we’ll cover...

Are We Teaching Our Children to Be Perfectionists?

What are you teaching your child about admitting vulnerability? About feeling something that they don’t want to feel, but do? About revealing hurt or pain? About depression? Maybe you don’t even believe children can be depressed. But you’re wrong. Depression in kids is on the...

Understanding And Overcoming Procrastination

I told myself when we first quarantined that I’d clean out the bathroom drawer where I keep my hairdryer. It’s August and it’s still not cleaned out. Maybe this newly revamped episode should be entitled “Procrastination Meets Pandemic.” “Hey, did you get that...

Announcement: Perfectionism Meets Pandemic Free Workshop!

Hello everyone! Quick announcement today! I’m giving a free two-part workshop that begins this Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 CST and will continue on August 13th at the same time. It’s entitled Perfectionism Meets Pandemic and is hosted by The Sisterhood for Success! It’s on the...

190 SelfWork: The Power of Withdrawal

There’s a psychological dynamic called approach/avoidance and it’s when something you desire has both positive and negative implications. But the same words are used in considering relationships, where approach/avoidance (or withdrawal) can lead to a true deadlock and constantly recycle itself,...

How To Forgive Yourself: Five Not So Simple But Important Steps

Most of us are spending more time alone these days, and that might be causing us to look back on past actions with regret. If you’re having a difficult time forgiving yourself for some of them, then this post is for you.   The word forgive has several meanings. “To grant...

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