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Do You Suffer from Social Anxiety?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

Who are the people most likely to suffer from social anxiety? Parents recognize that some children are easily frightened from birth on and cry a great deal, while others seem more resilient by temperament (they seldom cry, hardly ever get upset, and are less easily frightened). Some children love to explore the world around them. Others are cautious and don’t …

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Developing a Plan for Building a Strong Family

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

Some people believe that their families are too troubled to change. They feel that their families bring out the worst in each other and that they are plagued with insurmountable problems. They feel hopeless about changing their family life. However, many strong families have emerged from this place of despair, often in the face of a family crisis, to achieve …

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Coping with Stress and Crisis in the Family

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

A crisis is a time of decision, the outcome of which may be positive or negative. Some families fall apart when faced with a crisis like illness, death, or financial setbacks. All families experience the challenge of a crisis at certain times. Strong families, however, have the ability to pull together and draw on each other’s strengths when they are …

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Cultivating Your Spiritual Wellness in the Family

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

One characteristic of strong families is a shared belief One characteristic of strong families is a shared belief in a greater power that guides ethical behavior, concern for others, and unity with living things. These shared beliefs help to create a bond between family members, as well as providing a framework for love, purpose, security, hope, and peace. The guidelines …

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Strong Families & Spending Time Together

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

Strong families spend a great deal of time together And the time spent is not always in planned events. Just spending time, doing nothing in particular, eases our feelings of isolation and loneliness, builds relationships, contributes to a feeling of security, and helps to create a sense of family identity. Individual family members should find time when two people can …

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Sharing Positive Communication in the Home

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

One research study has shown that the average couple spends seventeen minutes per week in conversation. In contrast, strong families spend a great deal of time talking with one another – ranging from trivial matters to important issues. Communication helps us to feel connected, and because members of strong families feel free to exchange information and ideas, they become good …

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Showing Appreciation and Building Self-Esteem in the Home

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

Healthy families share in common the ability to show appreciation to each other. By showing appreciation, we are essentially saying that the other person is worthy and has dignity. We declare that we can see the positive qualities of the other person. This message is crucial to emotional wellness because it is a core building block of self-esteem. Thus, strong …

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Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries in Relationships – Some Examples

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

      Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. When two people with healthy boundaries enter into a relationship, they can find true intimacy as whole, complete and equal people. Here are some examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship boundaries                    Healthy boundaries in relationships Unhealthy boundaries in relationships Feeling like your …

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Successful Relationships: Develop Healthy Boundaries

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Good fences make good neighbors – Robert Frost Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. It means coming to know ourselves and increasing our awareness of what we stand for. It also means self-acceptance and knowing that we are OK as we are and worthy of the good things in life. When two …

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Successful Relationships: Remedies to Unhealthy Boundaries

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Here are some ways in which unhealthy boundaries may show themselves in our relationships, along with some remedies –   Lack of a Sense of Identity   When we lack a sense of our own identity and the boundaries that protect us, we tend to draw our identities from our partner. We can’t imagine who we would be without our relationship. We …

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