Relationship Addiction

Relationship addiction (aka love addiction) is characterized by compulsive patterns in romance, sexuality and relationships that have harmful consequences for the addict and their partners.  The experience of finding the right partner and falling 'in love"...

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Rumination

Thinking about our problems is, without doubt, part of an effective way of solving them. If we need to deal with one of our life issues we think it through, review our various options, and then choose a course of action to handle the problem. We can then...

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Control

One source of confusion and conflict between people is when one person tries to control another, using subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle methods. When they are in the presence of the controlling person, the one being controlled feels lost, devalued, and...

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Resilience

All of us experience major disruptions at certain points in our lives. In fact, this is an expected and predictable hallmark of the human condition. For some, these hard times come frequently - the impact of the trauma is overwhelming and recovery, if it...

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Relationship Conflicts

Our relationships with our partners are coloured by our own personal legacies. We often react to our partners as if they were someone else - and most of the time this causes relationship conflicts. When we entered into a relationship we expected love,...

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Altruism

The More You Give, The More You Receive   Too few of us are in touch with a lifestyle choice that can bring us a wealth of happiness, integrity, and wellness. Altruism, or giving to others, has grown out of favor over the past several decades.  However it...

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Life Transitions

Life transitions are predictable changes in our lives associated with a discontinuity with the past. With each change we must give up the protective structures which have carried us through and then face the world anew with a sense of fragility and...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

It's a good thing that almost all of us worry.  Think of it as a built-in alarm device. When it's used wisely, it alerts us to danger and prompts us to navigate our way through a maze of solutions to life's various problems. We need to think through our...

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was once thought to be a fairly rare but serious mental problem.  Specialists saw it as serious mainly because the behaviour of a person with this disorder appears quite abnormal to other people.  Approximately 1 in 40 people...

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Codependency

Codependency is recognized by the destructive behaviors, attitudes and feelings which are directly linked to the way we were brought up. Families are described as dysfunctional when the needs of the parents are so overwhelming that the task of raising...

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