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20 Indications of an Addict

by on June 13, 2020

Angel came into counseling knowing that something was wrong, but not knowing what it was. After being married to his wife for seven years he noticed she had become more secretive and distant. Money from their savings account was missing and unaccounted for, his wife would disappear frustrated and return weirdly happy, and she seemed… (more…)

10 People You’re Allowed to Avoid at Work

by on May 30, 2020

Sometimes the key to success is in knowing when it is alright to avoid a colleague at work. Because our coworkers can often affect our job performance and focus, having the wrong association can be the difference between promotion and demotion. In some extreme cases, the casualty could even be a loss of employment. So… (more…)

How to Identify a Deceitful Person

by on May 2, 2020

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott wrote this famous line into his poem titled “Marmion,” a piece written about the Battle of Flodden (1808). The poem recounts a story focused on a love that manages to survive despite a series of deceptions, manipulations, mischaracterizations, lies,… (more…)

How a Narcissist Treats a COVID-19 Spouse

by on April 23, 2020

Kathy woke-up startled to hear her phone ring so at 5 am, with COVID-19 and a stay-at-home order in place, she was immediately worried.  On the line calling her was her narcissistic dad, which he hadn’t done since she left home, so she was immediately on high alert. He skipped any niceties and immediately started… (more…)

6 Ways a ‘Silent Treatment’ Is Abusive

by on March 14, 2020

Matt knew he messed up but he wasn’t sure how. His wife’s complete silence towards him over the last few days was a signal that he made some sort of mistake. The problem was, according to his wife, Matt made daily errors in judgment, so he was completely in the dark. Did he drink too… (more…)

What is Gaslighting?

by on March 13, 2020

A man obsessed with stealing valuable jewels murders one woman and attempts to drive the other one (his wife) crazy. His single-mindedness, driven by selfish motives, caused him to deceive and manipulate in order to obtain what he wanted regardless of the cost to others. Bit by bit, he torments his wife until she believes… (more…)

17 Deceptive Excuses for Abusive Behavior

by on March 3, 2020

Having grown up in an abusive family and now in a relationship with an abusive wife, Bradon believed the excuses constantly dished out to him by his abusive mother and wife. Beaten down, confused, hazy, and exhausted, he sought out help from a therapist. At first, he could not comprehend that he was the victim… (more…)

Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

by on February 22, 2020

The phrase “toxic relationship” is thrown around quite a bit in popular media. But what really defines a toxic relationship? Toxic can be anything from an unhealthy to downright deadly. But it can be difficult when things are going well in a relationship to see some of the warning signs of toxicity. Frequently, what is… (more…)

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