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Do I have trust issues? How to identify and overcome trust issues in a relationship

Trust issues are characterized by fear of betrayal, abandonment, or manipulation. And this fear is often triggered as a result of betrayal (such as infidelity), abandonment (think: leaving a child or foregoing a relationship with them), or manipulation (for example, dishonesty or gaslighting). If you’re reading this, it’s possible that…

Uncomplicated bereavement DSM-5: Causes, symptoms, treatment

When the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released, it no longer included a “bereavement exclusion” for the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Clinicians acknowledged that though there is such a thing as “normal grief”, or “uncomplicated bereavement”, that doesn’t mean grief…

If you struggle with feeling lonely when you’re single, take a deep look within and find fulfillment in yourself

Many people begin feeling lonely with they don’t have a significant other to spend time and share in life with. That being said, you don’t need another to fulfill you: you can enjoy the single life and find fulfillment without a romantic partner. If you’re feeling lonely while single, think…

Grief, lost emotions, and feeling numb after a death: Why can’t I feel anything?

In some cases, victims of loss aren’t overwhelmed with difficult emotions but feel emotionally numb instead. This is a normal reaction, which typically occurs when someone loses someone or something suddenly and unexpectedly. Still, it’s important for these individuals to make sure they grieve well, which involves understanding and processing…

Exploring the deep bonds between humans and their companion animals

The human-animal bond is so deep-rooted and self-evident that most scientists neglected to study it for decades.   We now know that the loving relationships between domesticated animals and humans are bidirectional, bestowing health benefits on both man and beast. Though only some pets are officially called emotional support animals (ESAs),…

Romance scammers: Who they are, what they do, and how you can protect your heart and wallet

In 2020, reported losses from romance scams totaled $304 million.  Heartbroken victims reported losing not only their money, but also their dignity and the futures they’d envisioned with their loved ones. You can take practical steps to protect yourself from romance scammers, like learning to identify the psychological biases these…

How to protect yourself from mind control techniques and cult recruitment (it’s not as far-fetched as you think)

Brainwashing is an outdated psychological concept, but narcissistic cult leaders can still exercise extreme influence over smart, sane, “regular” people.  You can protect yourself from cultic mind control techniques by learning the warning signs and asking the right questions.  Destructive cults use love-bombing, isolation, and phobia indoctrination to overwhelm cognition. …

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