A buffer to narcissism

This post is in reaction to a really interesting podcast that I would highly recommend.  It’s the Cracked Podcast’s most recent episode about Narcissism, and why it’s an epidemic in this country. They make several really interesting (and true) points about narcissism.  Specifically, they examine the current type of narcissists in our culture.  Dr. Drew Pinsky recently studied narcissism in celebrities using his tried and true...

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Helping the Helpers Help Themselves

People in the helping professional are fortunate.  Doctors, nurses, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, physical therapists, etc. have careers that are fulfilling and meaningful.  Yet helping profession jobs, though enriching, can also be very demanding and draining.   Self-care is essential in this line of work. Every helping professional knows this.  We all know that our work can lead to burn out if we’re not careful. ...

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Couples’ Counseling: It’s Never Too Early

Someone recently asked me a very reasonable question.  “When do I know my spouse I should go to couples’ counseling?” This person was asking this question because she and her spouse had been having minor skirmishes lately, and they were becoming more frequent.  They still had many positive moments together and she still felt intimate and connected with her partner.  And yet, she was wisely sensing that these “minor” arguments were beginning to...

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Body Image: What’s it all about?

The word “body image” is such a common buzz word these days that we are immune to it.  We see it all over blogs and news sources, but do we really know what it means?  Do we really understand our own body image? It seems to be this vague, nebulous term that has lost its meaning. But it is important to understand it.  Everyone has a body image.  No thanks to the media and blatant societal messages, many people have a pretty unhappy image of...

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The Martyrdom of Motherhood

I’m writing this from the perspective of a therapist who works with a mothers, as well as a therapist who is a mother herself.  I’ve noticed a troubling trend among mothers of this generation and am hoping that naming this trend will help provide clarity.  Specifically, I hope to address mother guilt in response to extremely unrealistic expectations. On a social media forum specifically catering to new mothers, a mother posted about her guilt...

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