Chances are you've had the displeasure of knowing or being in a relationship with a toxic person. They usually show up as a family member, partner, friend, a co-worker or boss. These are people who are noticeably difficult to deal with. Why is that? And what can you do about it?
It doesn't happen all at once, but suddenly you may realize you're a different person in your relationship. You've compromised yourself and now you've lost yourself. There are red flags to look for before you slip away.
If you are looking for love or hope to sustain a healthy relationship, how self-aware your partner is, will make or break the relationship! Here are signs to watch out for and some new tips to increase your own self-awareness.
Relationships come with plenty of ups and downs, minor and even major obstacles, so it can be difficult to determine what's acceptable and what's a sign the relationship is no longer fulfilling.
We are obsessed with the idea of manifesting, The Law of Attraction, and positive affirmations for a more abundant life. But is it causing distress? Are we too focused on positive versus negative thoughts? How can you make the Law of Attraction work for you?
Each person experiences trauma differently. When it occurs within a family, it can shake your foundation, affect you on a daily basis, and even impact generations of family members in the future until someone decides to heal it.
Raising a child gender-neutral is a growing trend among parents. "Theybies", gender fluid, gender-open children are minus pronouns and traditional male or female stereotypes. What exactly do parents hope to accomplish by raising children who choose their gender? Are there consequences?
A diagnosis can be shocking, whether it's cancer or a chronic illness. A mind-body approach is the best path, but often difficult to navigate. As a wellness advocate and patient myself, I've been there.
Mental illness affects an estimated 59% of the population. It's almost a guarantee that everyone knows someone with a mental illness- many children grow up with a mentally ill parent. Whether it is diagnosed or not, it can cause a number of issues within a family.
If you are a helper, you already know that eagerly helping others is not always a positive experience. Society and others encourage us to help if we can, but how do we know when or who to help?
If you can fall in love without money, you can maintain the romance without it as well. It can be intimidating to show your love through romantic gestures if you are on a budget, but it can be done!
Great people will cross our paths, stay a while, and shape our lives through the impact of their friendship. It can be devastating when we must end these friendships. The process is never easy.
Becoming a vegetarian could be the best health decision you ever make, but it's a big leap! Adopting a vegetarian lifestyle has many rewards, including better health and weight loss.
350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. That's roughly 7% in the United States. Chances are you have loved and have even lived with someone who's had experience with depression.
If you are one of those people who thinks, "I should start meditating," or "I don't have time for it," or "How do I know it’s working?" it’s time to explore one of the best self-improvement tools!
Sexual harassment has filled the headlines for weeks now. Why the sudden outcry when the entertainment industry has supported these standards for decades? Here's why you should really be upset...
Break-ups can hit us like a Mack truck. Sometimes you just need to know how to take the first step, whether it's the day after or when the first dose of reality kicks in. Here's how to move forward.
Self-help has been a growing area of interest since the 1970s. Today, it is embedded in our culture, from motivational quotes to meditation. Getting the most out of it will be the next task at hand.
You might be driving yourself nuts trying to achieve the so-called family and work-life balance for just one fleeting moment. The mere concept of this term is damaging to working moms, SAHM moms, and even men.
Two of the most effective self-help tools are meditation and hypnosis. Both have impressive science confirming their success. Combine the two, and you have guided meditation.
Does it seem like your kids' rules overthrow your rules? If your tween throws a toddler-sized tantrum, you might just be raising an entitled child. How do you raise a decent human being?
The holidays are approaching! For some people (myself included), it's the rare instance we have to tolerate or put on a good face for certain family members that we avoid the rest of the year.
Most likely you are treating yourself like a doormat so others oblige you. A doormat's strengths need to be reassigned. Recognize doormat behavior and change the rules
With all the emphasis on looks and superficial attractiveness in our culture, people tend to forget that what connects us to others is deeper than the physical.
We're taken aback by brutal honesty or unrestrained candor. We've become accustomed to fake politicians, fake people,and an online persona, but how is this affecting us? How can we be tactfully honest
Bruce Jenner's gender journey is nothing new to me- my dad has been a trans-woman for 15 years. Transgender in society is opening up conversations as we learn how families face this
Happiness is not what you think otherwise these constant messages (Social media, magazines, and self-help books) of positivity in our culture would result in less depression, not more.
We plan everything, our entire lives. Education, travel, having fun, casual encounters all come before the big "L" word. By the time we're ready we wouldn't recognize love if it bit us from behind
Classic favorites with a new twist. Be soft and subtle or wicked and wild. Guys and gals can both be sexy on Halloween. There's scary, but let's be honest, sexy rules the night! Tips and tricks for
I've written on the topic of bad boys and nice guys previously and I've learned most guys just want to know...Do women prefer jerks? Exploring this topic from a psychological perspective and life experi
photo text edit first kiss (huge milestone) to sealing a marriage ("You may now kiss the bride")
The guilt trap is best broken by realizing what is healthy and unhealthy guilt. There are ways to overcome the guilt that plagues our lives.
I have an invested interest in this topic. I just gave birth to a hefty and beautiful baby boy a few months ago. I have a daughter as well who is 4 yrs old. I see her strong personality and I admire her range of interests. I brag to myself 'Wow,...
While success is given to some and earned by others, another sure way is being in a position of desperation. Nowhere to go but succeed.
...there was a little girl who never wanted to be a woman. She was pleased with being a girl and toying with the notion of never growing up. Experiencing carefree play in a tree or catching butterflies in a patch of wild flowers- this was the best...
There is a lot to thank the feminists for. Generations ago, women begun to have a choice to work...or not, have access to activities and jobs once exclusively for men, ability to do more things outside of the home, including voting and gaining...
This is one of those hubs that helps me as much as it could possibly help you. The audience, my readers, my followers, the curious who stop by, are all in the hot seat. With your advice, knowledge, and/or opinion within your comments here, I may owe...
A Trans woman with the letters XY written on her palm- courtesy Wikipedia I've given gender a lot of thought. About 11 years ago my father became a transsexual (biological gender does not match gender identity). Many transsexuals live as the...
Sometimes the only thing you want to help yourself to is a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
What do we believe about relationships and how much of it is true? There are a myriad of myths that cloud our judgment based on how we view relationships. Let's explore reality versus myth.
"Look around! You couldn't find a whiter, safer or better lit part of this city. But this white woman sees two black guys strolling down the sidewalk and her reaction is blind fear. I mean, look at us! Are we dressed like gang-bangers? Huh? No. Do...
Want to check out some of Oregon's beautiful beaches? The Oregon coast is sprinkled with charming small towns and gorgeous beaches. Check out a local's guide to the best West Coast vacation spots!
I grew up in the 80s when men wore makeup and their hair long. It wasn't uncommon to see earrings in most young men's earlobes. The 21st century has brought new feminine trends to men's fashion.
I grew up with an Atheist father and a Christian mother. You could say I've had fair exposure to both ways of thought. Convincing an Atheist God exists isn't the goal here, but offering abundant explanations, perspectives, and logic is something I...
Perhaps you've heard of a prenuptial agreement- a contract agreed upon prior to marriage that states one or both spouses' assets are protected should there be a divorce between them in the future. Without a prenuptial, all marriages are covered...
From thinking like an animal and using great action words to putting it all out there, this article will provide helpful tips to make your partner feel extremely desirable with a sexy love letter.
Just as there's a wide range of mental illnesses, there are as many children and adult children of a mentally ill parent who have suffered without a voice. It may come as a surprise that many mentally ill people have "normal" lives on the outside;...
I am a sucker for reality TV shows and I will watch any of them at least once. If there was a job for reality critic, I'd be the woman. I am the biggest critic of these shows because I was a Psychology major and can spot flaws in any tactic,...
Statistics waver depending on sources, but one thing remains true: second and subsequent marriages face a lot more issues. In fact, they are more likely to fail if they involve step-children.
There may come a time when you have endured a harmful and stressful family relationship, and you may wonder if cutting ties is right for you.
Learn more about why sexless marriages can happen and what can be done about that type of situation.
Nice guys usually finish last with women. In fact, when and if they do get the girl, it's after she has divorced or broken up with a typical "bad boy" and she's searching for Satan's (I mean Bad Boy's) polar opposite. It seems women have to suffer...
The "you complete me" love cliche transforms into "you excite me" when good girl meets bad boy. In a way, he is foreign to her; exciting, unpredictable. This combination will amount to a co-dependant, combustible couple with opposites being...
Not all couples experience an exponential drop in their sex lives post marriage—or so I hear. This article explores why sex decreases after marriage and how you can get your sex life back!
Church isn't for everyone, even those with a pure heart, decent morale, and good intentions. There is another place where some belong, under the title 'Spiritual, but not religious' or 'Religious, but not Churchgoer'. People who feel connected to...
My parents were married 18 years. Several of those years my mom was a diehard housewife to the core, even when it meant accepting my father's crossdressing. I was young enough to think it was just a game when my dad played dress-up...