Guilt and Projective Identification: Bait for Narcissists

This post explores Self-Sacrifice Schema and the impact of projective identification, particularly related to guilt and self-absorption, on ones tendency to be manipulated by others.

Combat Dread and Anxiety by Combatting Vulnerability to Harm Schema

This post explores Vulnerability to Harm schema, which often plays an integral role in provoking feelings of anxiety and dread in clients with chronic experiences of anxiety. This post provides techniques for retraining the amygdala and overcoming irrational thoughts that provoke and maintain chronic anxiety.

Narcissism, Caregiving, and Trauma: Facing Uncomfortable Feelings Results in Healing

This post explores the importance of feeling and understanding our emotions in combatting Mental Health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress syndrome, and addiction. This post argues that in order for healing to take place or intimacy to occur, we must be able to feel our feelings and learn from them.

Option and Obligation: Boundaries Mean Letting Others Choose

This post explores the way that boundary problems can impact the way that we are in relationship with others. Often boundary problems cause us to attempt to read other people’s minds in attempt to help them or put them first. Rather than asking them for their thoughts or feelings we can fall into the trap of protecting others rather than allowing them the opportunity to have their own experiences, identify their thoughts and feelings, and respond themselves. This inhibits others from growing in their ability to be vulnerable and prevents us from experiencing authentic intimacy with others.

Intimacy: When Your Strength Overshadows You

This post explores the impact of the Early Maladaptive Schemas Self-Sacrifice and Emotional Inhibition in caregiver and codependent type individuals, often leading them to attract Narcissistic individuals and one-sided relationships and to feel unseen and unvalued.

Putting the Pieces Together: ACTing to Embrace the Life You Have

This post explores Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT Therapy, and how expectations and disappointments can keep us trapped in negative cycles and prevent us from embracing the life we have.

Splitting and Gratitude

This post explores the concepts of Psychological splitting and Object Constancy and how these concepts might be useful when considering gratitude and loss, particularly during difficult seasons.

Priorities: Goalkeeping is Key

This post explores the necessity of defining priorities when setting goals and making decisions. Decision-making should be done by evaluating highest-priority goals and making choices that move us towards those goals.

Punitiveness: Moral Conviction or Self-Infliction?

This post compares the personality trait of authoritarianism to the schema Punitiveness and offers useful tips for dealing with the schema of Punitiveness.

Sexuality: The Messages We Hold Close

This post describes the benefits of exploring sexual messages by utilizing a sexual experiences time-line. Additionally, this post offers guidance for exploring sexual experiences and messages and the impact that messages can have on individuals.

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