Writings from Christine

Why You Shouldn’t Ask “Why”

by on February 27, 2018

Mike was confused. Even though he was successful, he struggled with personal connections. He had professional relationships but they were very superficial and work-only oriented. When he tried to converse outside of business matters, he sounded awkward and unintelligent. Home wasn’t any better. His relationship with his wife centered on discussing only severe matters about… (more…)

Stopping the Honeymoon Phase of Narcissistic Abuse

by on January 15, 2018

Sam saw a pattern. After her narcissistic husband would explode combining verbal assaults with mental and emotional abuse, he seemed calmer for several weeks. Then, as if there was a timer set on his frustration tolerance, one minute comment could spark the abusive rage again. The rages were awful. He would call her names, twist… (more…)

Why Adults Throw Toddler Temper Tantrums

by on January 15, 2018

“This is ridiculous,” James said after witnessing his soon-to-be ex-wife losing it because she didn’t get her way. She sounded like a 2-year-old who didn’t get a piece of candy with the same level of irrational reasoning. Her arms were flinging around, she threw a few small objects, her voice raised a couple of octaves,… (more…)

30 Ways to Take a Mini Break

by on January 6, 2018

Vicki was exhausted. Between raising three kids, working a full-time job, being married, and managing her household, she was worn-out. Desperately wanting a holiday, Vicki knew that even vacations weren’t really a vacation. The kids still needs constant supervision and eating out for every meal wasn’t economical. What she really needed was some time alone… (more…)

15 Ways to Stand Out at Work

by on January 6, 2018

Jennifer thought that once she got into a field she enjoyed, her upward mobility would be guaranteed. It wasn’t. Frustrated by the competition in her office, she wondered if all the hard schooling was worth the effort. Things were not working out as she planned and her dreams of owning her own firm someday were… (more…)

19 Things to Do with Anger Other Than Explode

by on January 6, 2018

Mitchell was furious after leaving the front office. A student reported this anger outburst with her mother to administration. Upon finding her in the hallway, he unleashed on the student calling her stupid and belittling her. When she tried to get away, he abused his authority to keep her present and continued his harassment for… (more…)

Grieving Though the Holidays

by on January 6, 2018

It was only after the nursing home started setting decorating for Christmas that Norman realized this would be the first year without his wife at home. Worse yet, based on his last visit with her, she most likely would not remember any part of their 50 years together. The Alzheimer’s had taken over her brain… (more…)

How to Introduce the Concept of Narcissism to Others

by on January 6, 2018

Nancy was determined after the last family gathering to find out what was so dysfunctional about their interaction. Within minutes of assembling, her mom oscillated between belittling her and her dad while making her brother look like he was a king and ignoring her younger sister. After seeing a therapist about the matter, Narcissistic Personality… (more…)

Another Traumatic Ending from the Effects of PTSD

by on January 6, 2018

In the news this morning is a story about a Kentucky law maker who shot himself after sexual allegations came to light the previous day. While there are many aspects of this man’s life that both encouraging and discouraging, his last words on social media indicated that his death was do the to lasting effects… (more…)

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