Have you ever wondered why you swing so quickly between loving and hating a person? Are your relationships characterized by extreme ups and downs? If so, you might be experiencing what psychologists call splitting – a nefarious defense mechanism that makes it difficult to hold down stable relationships. What is a Defense Mechanism? Defense mechanisms are […]
Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. Almost all of us experience fear in daily life. Often this fear centers around getting hurt in some way. Learn more about fear and how it impacts your life in this section.
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Let’s be frank here. Most people want love. The craving for approval and affection from others is embedded into our DNA. There’s probably nothing else on earth (other than the survival instinct) that is as strong and primal as the longing for love. We need to belong. We NEED to feel loved. This is all […]
You’re in a friendly, normal conversation with another person. Everything is going well until – BAM! Your blood pressure is rising, you’re starting to hyperventilate, and you have the distinct urge to strangle the other person. Even though the other person made a blasé passing comment, you find yourself trying to prevent yourself from screaming […]
Are you trapped in the maddening cycle of fearing failure … but also fearing success? Most of us are familiar with the feeling of lurking dread that accompanies fearing failure. The feeling of rejection and inadequacy that comes with being turned down or losing an opportunity is understandably extremely nerve-wracking. But what about the fear […]
We all generally prefer to see ourselves as smart, generous, kind, patient, and forgiving people most of the time. But the truth is that we aren’t. Life isn’t ideal. We aren’t perfect. We simply cannot be nice and ‘good’ 100% of the time. If we’re honest with ourselves, we actually have some pretty scary and […]