Psychological Warfare

  1. Banging Your Head Against the Wall

    Posted By: erin on February 25 2019, 8:37 PM

    If each person in the relationship is able to talk about how he or she is feeling, the relationship usually remains close and healthy. Yet, if a person expresses his or her true feelings and he or she is immediately dismissed or invalidated, the person may find themselves re-explaining, desperate to be understood. Continually having […]

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  2. Helping Your Child With Accountability

    Posted By: erin on February 25 2019, 8:14 PM

    Monkey see monkey do. Modeling behavior may be more impactful than correcting it. Although teaching a child to be accountable is important, modeling accountability may be more effective. Selfish moments and mistakes are inevitable when parenting. Yet, replacing justifications for a parental error with a sincere and simple “I’m sorry” may help ingrain accountability in […]

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  3. Why Narcisists Dislike Empathy

    Posted By: erin on January 21 2019, 4:20 PM

    The backlash regarding empathy is fierce. Yet, the bulk of studies cited regarding the negative impact of empathy appear flawed. First, no research has yet provided a direct link between empathy and aggression. Second, empathy was not actually measured, sympathy was. Finally, the extrapolation of the results to the general population without controlling for subjects […]

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  4. How To Teach Your Child Empathy

    Posted By: erin on January 21 2019, 3:58 PM

    Raising a child who is conscientious is the goal. A child who truly cares about the way his or her actions impact others is, generally, a child with solid character. Usually this type of child feels immediate and deep remorse after a mistake and works hard to make it right. A deep streak of empathy […]

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  5. Being Fearless

    Posted By: erin on January 21 2019, 3:51 PM

    Last week a client confessed that she was plagued with worry about an upcoming speaking engagement. While sharing her anxieties she explained that the speaker who was presenting before her was a charismatic and popular presenter. Although my client was committed to her topic, her faith in the subject had recently waned. In addition, her […]

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  6. When You Can’t Get Closure

    Posted By: erin on August 21 2018, 2:53 PM

    How to move forward after conflict. Posted Aug 15, 2018 Resolving a conflict is easy if both parties recognize each other’s perspectives. The acknowledgment of that understanding is a game changer. Authentic apologies for sentiments spoken in anger and frustration flow effortlessly if each person feels heard and understood regarding why they feel the way […]

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  7. Teens and Social Media

    Posted By: erin on August 16 2018, 2:08 PM

    Teens are more susceptible to the negative impact of social media than other age groups because of 2 developmental vulnerabilities: 1)Identity formation— because of increased independence, a teen is trying to figure out who they are in the world. Naturally, when they are grappling with this issue, they instinctively compare themselves to others, which is […]

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  8. Seven Steps To Helping The Perfectionist Child and Adolescent

    Posted By: erin on August 16 2018, 2:08 PM

    As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, I was invited to a local high school to speak to parents about perfectionistic kids. Kids who are obsessed with good grades, high GPAs, perfect performances, etc. Although these kids seem like dreamy kids from a distance—great grades, hard working, and well behaved, they are actually a handful. Ridden […]

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  9. How To Turn Your Child’s Disappointment Into Determination

    Posted By: erin on August 16 2018, 2:07 PM

    Jimmy is a silly, skinny, blue-eyed, 9 year old boy, who barely tips the scales at 48 pounds. “I can practically spit through him,” my dad says on a regular basis. Although Jimmy showed promise on the house league baseball team last spring, his performance didn’t cause anyone to spill their beer. When his BFF, […]

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