10 Areas of Self-Awareness You Should Understand

-Mike Bundrant If you lack self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are won’t get very far. ~ Daniel Goleman Why is self-awareness so vital? Because distressing emotions, limiting beliefs, and self-sabotage are aContinue reading “10 Areas of Self-Awareness You Should Understand”

26 Questions To Help You Know Yourself Better

-Sharon Martin, LCSW Do you have a clear sense of who you are? Developmentally, we wrestle with “finding ourselves” as teens and young adults. Then we often revisit these questions in middle age. It’s both normal and essential to seek self-understanding. In order to accept ourselves and establish a sense of belonging, we need to understand who weContinue reading “26 Questions To Help You Know Yourself Better”

How to Start Loving Yourself (Even When You Think There’s Nothing to Love)

-Sharon Martin, LCSW We talk to ourselves all day long. We comment, critique, and chastise our every move. From the big to the small – every decision and action gets scrutinized by our inner critic. For most of us, it’s harsh. Much harsher than what we say to anyone else. Where does this negative selfContinue reading “How to Start Loving Yourself (Even When You Think There’s Nothing to Love)”

How You Can Tell that Deep Down, Solitude Is Your Thing

What does it mean if you crave a lot of time alone? If you are someone who likes having time to yourself and space to yourself, and just never felt in tune with all the relentless matrimania (the over-the-top hyping of marriage and weddings and coupling), there have always been other people like you. ButContinue reading “How You Can Tell that Deep Down, Solitude Is Your Thing”

Stop Numbing Out and Awaken to Your Life

To feel happier and more alive, wake up to the ways you habitually escape life I used to jokingly describe myself as a hedonist. I wasn’t really joking, actually, as I passionately loved good food, good wine, dance, travel, life and passion itself.  These days, however, I don’t see myself as a hedonist.  I seeContinue reading “Stop Numbing Out and Awaken to Your Life”

Top 10 Traits of an Empath

Discover if you’re a highly sensitive person. The trademark of an empath is that they feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. As a psychiatrist and empath myself, I know the challenges ofContinue reading “Top 10 Traits of an Empath”

How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

Feeling safe when you’re not in control is a valuable skill Source: ibreakstock/Shutterstock Being in control feels safe, you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling safe without control is a valuable skill. When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releasesContinue reading “How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control”

5 Better Ways to Deal With Disappointment

…and why being hard on yourself isn’t part of the solution. When people marry, they are usually determined to make it through thick and thin, impervious to divorce and discontent, even though two out of five couples will separate and only 30 percent will enjoy a happy marriage. Nearly 80 percent of people have an optimism bias when itContinue reading “5 Better Ways to Deal With Disappointment”

4 Ways to Survive Unexpected Situations

Expert advice for maintaining your confidence and finding a positive outcome. Life throws unexpected things at us all the time. Some we like—such as finding a $20 bill on the sidewalk—but many of them we don’t, such as missing a flight due to an extra long line at airport security. Sometimes unexpected events can be muchContinue reading “4 Ways to Survive Unexpected Situations”