In healthy families, closeness is valuable. But in families who have trouble setting and maintaining boundaries, extreme closeness can become dysfunctional. It’s possible to become so entwined that the entire family dynamic turns concerning.
While codependency and narcissism might seem like opposites, the reality is much more complicated. Often, the two often go hand in hand. To understand why, we first must understand how each work.
Remember those days when we all thought the pandemic and its fallout would be over in a few months? As we move further in 2021, it’s crystal clear that we’ve been dealing with far more than we ever imagined. This means health scares, economic fears, social isolation, and lots of stress. Lots and lots of stress.
Things naturally escalate when you consider that practically everyone we interact with is trying to manage moods affected by political and societal news. The current polarization and bombardment of the headlines is exhausting.
It's no wonder that your moods feel unpredictable these days. Mainstream media, social media, and the internet, in general, have combined to keep us surgically attached to our devices. So much so, that we equate news updates with our wellbeing. Being in the loop is, in and of itself, its own reward… or so we think.
Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT is a short-term therapeutic approach for couples. Founded on the concepts of attachment theory, EFT shines a light on how a couple interacts. Understanding their attachment style can empower both partners to express their needs and emotions more productively.
Pandemic, protests, police, and politics — welcome to 2020. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you probably feel both energized and confused at the same time. There’s so much to learn, to think about… so much that needs to be done. But this does not mean all of us can immediately jump up and get started.
Corporations have logos. People and products create brands. With protests, the entry point is often a slogan. Something as pithy as “save the whales” has become engrained within our pop-culture vocabulary.
Under the best of circumstances, a protest can be a stressful experience. It’s impossible to know who and how many will turn out. The marching or sign-holding or chanting may draw the attention of law enforcement officials or possibly, counter-protests. Passions are high all around. All of these factors are exaggerated in the face of a pandemic.
Most of us may be seeking shelter at home but that does not necessarily shelter us from anxiety and its impact. Everyone is more nervous than usual these days but anxiety is a whole other level. It’s a diagnosable disorder in which individuals remain in a chronic state of high alert — even when no threat is present.