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Balancing Power in your Relationships

We tend not to think of our interpersonal relationships, especially our intimate/romantic ones, in terms of power dynamics. After all, we are sophisticated human beings who operate on advanced intellectual and moral principles such as fairness, reason, justice, and democracy, not apes wandering the jungle trying to dominate and control. Right? Well, yes and no. […]

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How to Deal with Life’s Difficulties and Become More Resilient (3 of 3)

In the previous two posts, we discussed how dealing with emotional pain and discomfort is inevitable, and how responding to these uncomfortable feelings and thoughts with avoidance is often what keeps us stuck in old, unhelpful patterns of behavior. Now let’s talk about how we might learn to confront these problems so that we can

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How to Deal with Life’s Difficulties and Become More Resilient (2 of 3)

As discussed in Part I of this blog, emotional pain and suffering is unavoidable, despite our best efforts. One of the primary tools in the human arsenal to protect against these uncomfortable feelings is avoidance. We all do it to some extent. For instance: What do we do when we are uncomfortable with confrontation? We

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How to Deal with Life’s Difficulties and Become More Resilient (1 of 3)

Let’s be honest – at times, life is at best uncomfortable and at worst filled with unbearable pain.  Our relationships become contentious or unsatisfying, our jobs can be unfulfilling or taken away from us, we can fall victim to manipulative, mean-spirited people who would do us physical or emotional harm, and people and pets we

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