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What Your Gut Feeling Is Telling You about Your Relationship

What is a gut feeling? It’s that sensation you feel in your stomach, warning you there’s something to be careful about. Sometimes, it’s out of excitement but in other times, it’s a straightforward warning. When you think about it, there’s no such thing as a decision based on pure logic. Whenever you decide to do […]
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5 Unique Ways To Celebrate Your Parents’ Anniversary

Anniversaries are considered as one of the most special occasions in the life of a couple. And if you are planning to celebrate the day when your mom and dad tied the knot, then you must be quite excited. They definitely deserve some fancy celebration on achieving such a big milestone in their life. If […]
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6 Essential Steps For Overcoming Codependency

Overcoming codependency is key for any healthy relationship. This condition will slowly poison any romantic union and the self-confidence of the people in it. It’s a silent killer that has ruined millions of relationships in modern society. If you suffer from low self-esteem, it can be easy to fall into codependency with a person with […]
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How I Stopped Feeling Guilty About Doing What’s Best for Me

“A good rule of thumb is that any environment that consistently leaves you feeling bad about who you are is the wrong environment.” ~Laurie Helgoe
Do you ever worry that if you fulfill your needs you will disappoint others? Do …
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How I Learned to Trust Others by Learning to Trust Myself

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” ~Frank Crane
I’ve had trust issues for as long as I can remember, but didn’t realize it until after my …
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4 Ways Men Can (Accidentally) Mess Up Their Relationship

Men are from Mars and women from Venus, right? That was the big a-ha moment back in the 90s when Dr. John Gray wrote his book. When that book came out, men and women everywhere stopped, took notice, and said: “Okay that makes sense. Men and women handle relationships (and many other things) differently!” Not […]
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How Highly Sensitive People Can Feel More Fulfilled in Their Relationships

“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.” ~Swami Vivekananda
Highly sensitive people naturally bring some really beautiful, love-promoting qualities to their romantic partnerships. But these same qualities can sometimes end up undermining …
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5 Little-Known Steps To Get Over A Painful Breakup

Life is already difficult. Let’s try and make it a little less complicated and happier. Let me start with something you would want to hear in a difficult time like this, okay? It is completely alright to break up with someone if you think that the relationship was too draining and you’re not receiving enough […]
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Why I Can’t Always Be the “Strong One” and What I Do Now Instead

“She was strong and weak and brave and broken… all at the same time.” ~Unknown
My mom was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when I was seven years old. It’s a chronic condition that doctors say can be managed but not …
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Divorce Alternatives: Which One Is Right For You?

Divorce is a fact of life and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to it. From the time you decide that you want to start your divorce case, there are dozens of questions that come up and answers that you need to decide for yourself. Thankfully, you have options and a few different ways you can […]
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How to Get Rid of Relationship Insecurities

The best relationship advice for a happy marriage is never to compare yourself or your spouse to someone else. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, especially if you are insecure by nature. Getting over relationship insecurities can be hard for you. Insecurity often boils down to a deep feeling of inadequacy in a relationship. […]
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How To Stop Unhappiness Rituals in Your Relationships

I once had a patient, we’ll call her Betty, tell me that every night she would cook her spouse a gourmet dinner. At first, it didn’t look like she was unhappy in a relationship. After dinner, she would ask, “How was your dinner?” The response was always the same: “So, so.” Every night, she would […]
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The Difference Between Love, Lust, and Attachment: Why We Have It All Wrong

“Try not to confuse attachment with love. Attachment is about fear and dependency and has more to do with love of self than love of another.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
The feelings we get when meeting someone new are hard to understand …
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Schopenhauer’s Secret Guide to Love You Need to Hear

The key to happiness lies with porcupines. Strange as it sounds, it’s an idea that was first articulated by Arthur Schopenhauer. He’s a brilliant philosopher and pessimist of epic proportions. Schopenhauer might not be the first person you’d normally turn to for well-being advice. This is because of him, all human actions were essentially worthless. […]
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The One Post Breakup Thing Women Need to Do

“I’m not happy anymore. I see no future with you. I will never love you. You need to accept that and move on. I’m sorry.” As cliché as it may sound, that was the last I heard from the guy I was so desperately in love with. He’s the guy who dumped me for his […]
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What Heartbreak Taught Me About Creating My Own Happiness

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” ~Stephen Chbosky
A few years ago I was completely heartbroken, and I thought I would never find love. I’d gone through a string of painful breakups over a number of years, but …
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Mallika Chopra On Helping Kids Cope With Anxiety & The Power Of Silence

Never underestimate the power of quiet. …

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It’s Way Easier Than You Think: How To Make Your Own Healthy Baby Food

It’s actually way easier than you think. …

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The Pros and Cons of Separation before Divorce

Forewarned is forearmed, right? So, if you’re considering separation before the divorce, this short article will prepare you for all issues and problems you can face on this challenging path. Did you know that the amount of long-term trial separations seems to be increasing according to the recent research carried out by the American Sociological […]
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Why Raising A Child Might Be The Most Heroic Thing You Ever Do

Parenting requires more courage than you can ever imagine. …

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How To Help Your Child Tap Into Their Inner Self

Discipline isn’t always a good thing. …

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Welcome To (Mostly) Mindful Parenting!

No parent is perfect. Let’s embrace it. …

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Are Social Media Posts Affecting Your Relationship?

Social media has permeated every aspect of our daily lives, and its role in romantic relations cannot be ignored. Social media posts have become a significant component of romantic relationships. When a couple initially hooks up, they must decide how public they want their relationship to be. The partners must also find out what is […]
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How A Divorce Affects The Debt That You Took Jointly With Your Spouse

Divorce is a long and emotionally difficult process. You’ll be making hard decisions about your house, children, and the debt you incurred while you were a couple. Separating your emotions and finances from your soon-to-be-ex is a complicated procedure. It’s important not to assume anything when it comes to handling joint debt after separation. You […]
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How To Find A Mother Figure When Your Mom Has a Mental Illness

You’re reading How To Find A Mother Figure When Your Mom Has a Mental Illness, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

My name is Ally Golden and I wrote my memoir, A Good Soldier, about my relationship with my mother, who suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. Because of her disease, my mother and I never had a normal relationship. The love she gave was never without strings attached. Her affections depended on the amount of attention I paid to her and her mood on the given day. Our relationship was not all bad, I know what characterizes a good mom from her good moments: comforting me through the injustices of middle school friendships and advocating on my behalf to choral instructors. However, the intermittent tastes of good parenting only left me wanting more. For most of my life, I have…

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