Tag: Relationships

How Do You Know When Someone Doesn’t Value Your Feelings?

Trying to get someone who doesn’t care about your feelings to begin caring can be exhausting. You’ll find yourself trying to explain your point of view, but the other person may refuse to acknowledge your feelings. Narcissistic individuals have a deficit in their ability to demonstrate empathy towards others and will react as if they […]

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We Talked to People in the 11 Percent of Millennials Who ‘Always’ Feel Lonely

Maddie Byrne wishes her life more closely resembled an episode of Friends, or at least some of her friends’ Instagram stories. When her much-older coworkers ask about weekend plans, the 22-year-old customer service rep feels as if she should say that she’s going on a road trip or heading to nearby New Haven, Connecticut, to […]

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I Hadn’t Seen My Addict Father in Years—Then I Ran Into Him on the Street

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Two weeks ago, I was back in my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario. I was there for a week that was bookended by two separate weddings of childhood friends. In between the nuptials I spent my time ambling around the recovering steel town, soaking in […]

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How to Recognize the Signs of Trauma Bonding

Emotional abuse is often mistaken for love by those who are trapped in a cycle of abuse in their relationship. Trauma is surprisingly easy to overlook when the abuse masquerades as someone “caring” for you. Trauma bonding is a problem that many people trapped in abusive relationships don’t realize they’re experiencing because mental abuse often […]

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How Mindfulness of Feelings Is Essential for Building Healthy Relationships  

We can’t expect others to feel drawn toward us, if we’re not willing to take the risk to be vulnerable and reveal the ever-changing textures of our inner world. Yes, some people might be attracted to us based upon the image we project, such as being “successful,” or being interesting in some peculiar way, perhaps […]

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Podcast: Children’s Treatment for Mental Health Issues

Today’s guest is Okpara Rice, CEO of Tanager Place, a mental health facility for children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Unlike adults, children are not in control of their own environment, and anything that affects a child will affect their families, and vice versa.  So, what is the best way to help these kids?  Join us […]

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Podcast: Policing and Mental Illness: A Better Approach

SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Policing and Crisis Intervention Training’ Podcast Episode Officer Rebecca Skillern, senior trainer within the mental health division of the Houston Police Department, joins as a special guest to explain police protocol in answering crisis emergencies and what people with schizophrenia and their loved ones should do when an episode […]

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A Definitive Guide to Getting Into Strap-Ons

Lead illustration by Marta Parszeniew, credits at the bottom of articleImages for collage used: Purple dildo via; Pink strap-on harness via; Black strap-on and dildo via. This article originally appeared on VICE UK. So you’ve decided to get into strap-ons. Good for you. It’s the best thing I did, other than learning how to cook Iranian rice properly […]

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Can You Marry with Confidence if You Marry Quickly?

Three years later, Marina was married. How did she go from being not-so-interested to taking the leap? Here’s her story: “My mom told my kids to pressure me to get married. She said that if I didn’t, I’d be on their backs all the time, because I’d be lonely,” Marina said. “I was lonely. I […]

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Creating Boundaries Without Being Bound by Them

Boundaries regulate how how responsive we want to be toward others. If a friend asks a favor, such a ride to the airport or a request to meet for lunch, we know that we have the right to say “yes” or “no.” Our caring prompts us to consider their request and take it seriously. Our […]

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Why Texting Builds a False Sense of Security in Relationships

The presence of technology and smartphones has impacted relationships and dating in new and different ways when it comes to improving our communication skills. Recently, I was interviewed by another writer where we discussed how relationships are approached today and the unspoken fear of meeting a potential partner, face-to-face. The 20 “Golden Rules” of Using […]

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How Complaining Destroys Your Relationships

Complaining to your partner automatically puts them in a position of needing to fix things or make them right in order for the complaint to be remedied. Even if there is no stated request to “fix this” (whatever this is), there is unspoken pressure exerted when one partner complains to the other. As time goes […]

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People Discuss That One ‘Big Ex’ They’ll Never Forget

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. A few months ago, at a show, my best friend’s then-girlfriend shouted over the music and into my ear that her ex was there. I assured her I had mapped all the exits and we could be out of there in 10 seconds, but she just laughed. “Don’t […]

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Is Past Trauma Affecting Your Relationship?

Secure vs Insecure Attachment Styles If our parents or main caregivers responded to our needs in predictable and supportive ways while we were growing up, we were likely to develop a secure attachment style.2 Secure attachment is the result of our understanding that we were worthy of love and we can depend on those around […]

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