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Forgiveness – Part 2

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THE WAY WE ARE HURT The hurt can be enormous. Humiliation. When you are ridiculed by others – especially during childhood, as often happens when children are called derisive names – or when your pride is wounded, as might happen when a supervisor at work berates you in front of others, the assault on your dignity may impel you to …

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Forgiveness & Relationships

Couples therapy, Power struggles or Empathy

All of us have been hurt, in one way or another, by someone else. While it is easy to forgive a friend for the slight distress one feels over a phone call that was not returned, it is not so easy to forgive those who have harmed you in a major way. The greatest hurt seems to come from those …

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Relationships & Conflicts – Part 5

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Understanding the sources of conflict in your relationship is one step towards resolving the differences between you. When we can get the problems out in the open and talk about them objectively, we can often find the solutions. Use the list below as a starting point for shedding some light on your relationship conflicts, which may now be hidden but …

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Relationships & Conflicts – Part 4

Couples Couseling

The process of projection in a relationship is not always one-sided. Things can get complicated when both partners are mutually engaged in this process – and this is a common occurrence. It becomes difficult for the partners to see where the problem lies. Take a look at the following example. An Example – Chris and Pat Chris grew up in …

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Relationships & Conflicts – Part 3

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An interesting phenomenon happens when a partner is the recipient of a projection – the one being projected upon. Because this person is trying to smooth out the conflicts, he or she may identify with the projection. So, the couple now begins to define their problem in this way. The person receiving the projection starts to say, “Yes, I have …

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Relationships & Conflicts – Part 2

Couples therapy, Power struggles or Empathy

It is not only early childhood experiences that cause us to project our unacceptable feelings onto someone else. Friends can have the same effect, as can partners from our previous relationships. This is a process that happens throughout our lives. How many times have we heard someone say, “Treat me for who I am – I am not your former …

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Relationships & Conflicts – Part 1

marriage counseling: couple after arguing

Relationships are seldom as simple as we would like They bring out our needs, anxieties, and conflicts with people from our past – parents, friends, and former partners. When we enter into a relationship we expect to be loved just for being who we are. A relationship should provide a safe zone where our partner values us for expressing our …

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Do You Have PTSD?

couples Therapy & Anxiety Disorders
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Do you have any of the following problems? If you check at least seven of the following items and it is several months after you have experienced a catastrophic event, it is advisable to have a professional consultation to determine if therapy for PTSD is indicated. 1. I have strong physical sensations (e.g., sweating, rapid heart beat) when I think …

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Some PTSD Statistics

Anxiety Therapy
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most people who are exposed to extreme stress are able to process their way through their reactions and never develop PTSD. – It has been estimated that 70 percent of people will be exposed to a traumatic event in their lifetime. – Of those people, 20 percent will go on to develop PTSD. – At any given time, an estimated …

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Getting Help for PTSD

couples Therapy & Anxiety Disorders
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

We live in a world of relative safety most of the time – but it is a world in which people often lack support for dealing with calamities. In these times we may not have the extended families, long-term friendships, sense of neighborhood, feeling of community or the support from religion that have historically helped people endure times of crisis. …

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