The Limits of Forgiveness

The Limits of Forgiveness

Forgiveness needs to be earned, not dispensed lightly. KEY POINTS Forgiveness can reinforce destructive behavior when the offender shows little remorse or behavioral change. Forgiveness for serious destructive patterns of behavior should come with strings attached....

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The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control

KEY POINTS Viewing our scheduled activities rigidly--as if carved in stone--can lead to unnecessary stress when our expectations are not met. Trying to control others without their consent is likely to lead to underlying resentment, passive-aggression, or overtly...

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How Not to Raise a Narcissist

How Not to Raise a Narcissist

KEY POINTS Too much parental attention can lead to a child's inflated sense of self. An idealized self can be unrelenting in its demand for perfection in any given area. Teaching empathy and compassion toward others safeguards against unhealthy narcissism in children....

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THE POWER OF EMPATHY

THE POWER OF EMPATHY

Of all the relationship skills, empathic listening is undoubtedly the most important.  Defined as the activity of understanding, being aware of, and being sensitive to the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another, empathy enables us to understand where another...

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Why Do We Fall For Certain “Types”?

Sexual attraction isn't a mystery but a complex equation. KEY POINTS Emotional chemistry in conflict with other values often results in distance in the relationship.Sexual attraction is typically fragmented; we're seduced by a quality or two, not a whole...

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