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Managing excessive anxiety

Managing excessive anxiety

Most people experience anxiety when they encounter situations that challenge their level of comfort or competence. Harboring some fears about unfamiliar life challenges is adaptive. Yet, experiencing an ongoing, heightened state of worry, fear or doubt [...]

How to Combat Self-Criticism

How to Combat Self-Criticism

Since self-esteem is not innate, children need their parents and other significant adults to help them establish their self-view. Young children may be heard praising or reprimanding themselves in response to their conduct. The positive or [...]

Recovering After a Relationship Breakup

Recovering After a Relationship Breakup

The pain that abandoned lovers experience when their desired relationship terminates is a profoundly distressing emotional experience. Whether the relationship was long or short, a marriage or dating, being rejected by one’s beloved is devastating. Individuals [...]

The Stigma of Depression for Men

The Stigma of Depression for Men

Not only is depression a temporarily debilitating emotional experience for the sufferer, it is also a condition that is more socially accepted for women than men. The stigma associated with the “strong, powerful, competent, hard working [...]

A Friend’s Complaint

A Friend’s Complaint

Most coupled people experience intermittent frustrations with their partners. This is normal and understandable. It is inconceivable to be intimately connected to a spouse without occasionally encountering some frustrations, misunderstandings or conflicts about preferences, views or [...]

Doubt about being loved is a health hazard

Doubt about being loved is a health hazard

Some partners become annoyed by their mates’ need for frequent reassurance that they are truly loved. The loving spouse may view the mate’s need for ongoing affirmations as a manifestation of insecurity, criticism or excessive dependency. [...]

Is anxiety helpful or hurtful to your marriage?

Is anxiety helpful or hurtful to your marriage?

Anxiety is the state of unease in anticipation of real or perceived challenges. It heightens our vigilance about risks and propels us to work harder toward attaining our goals. Is anxiety within a committed relationship of [...]

How to support your partner in times of stress

How to support your partner in times of stress

Feeling stressed about work, money, time management, children, family and life demands is a common experience for most adults. A certain amount of stress serves us well but when we become overwhelmed, paralyzed, ineffective or agitated [...]