Dependent. Co-dependent. Afraid to be alone. Passive. These are just some of the ways society describes individuals struggling with the issue of dependency. Most people trying to overcome dependency do not have Dependent Personality Disorder; however, they may have some symptoms thereof.
I have been in many romantic relationships throughout my lifetime, some of them even long term. I have been heartbroken and I have experienced conflict in relationships. BUT, I have never been divorced. When it came time for me to write this piece I did not want to write something trite on a subject I […]
If you are or have ever been married, think back to your wedding day. Picture the moment right before the ceremony began. Whether you were waiting at the alter or getting ready to walk down the aisle, you probably were not thinking, “I am not in this for the long haul. I am just gonna […]
I could write at length about what I have experienced in my various relationships over the years. Instead, I am going to try to extract from my past and current relationships the most important things I have learned.
Relationships can be highly rewarding or extremely difficult. Sometimes, they are both of these things at the same time. There is no question human beings long to connect with others, be loved and feel a sense of belonging in the world. However, life does not come with a relationship manual. Much of what we learn […]
Years ago when working with trauma patients, a colleague told me that she never expected her clients to forgive their perpetrators. I knew what she meant. Some of the things we are forced to experience in this life are so tragic there is no foreseeable way a person could forgive. And yet, people still find […]
Treat others as you want them to treat you. Most of us know the Golden Rule, even if we do not practice it as often as we should. This rule encourages us to treat others with the dignity and respect humanity deserves. By doing this, we aim to inspire others to act in positive ways […]