Tag Archives: psychosocial development

Did Your Graduate Successfully Transition from Childhood to Adulthood

by on May 27, 2017

For many, high school graduation day rightly marks a transition from childhood to adulthood. No longer acting like a child, this new adult is properly equipped to embrace life and move forward with excitement and determination. Unfortunately, too many graduates fail to make this shift and thus drag out the transition well into their twenties…. (more…)

The Best of Moms

by on May 13, 2017

There is a lot of talk about dysfunctional moms: those who harm their children, fail to parent, or even over parent. But not so much attention is paid to those moms who are excellent. Some are capable by instinct, others have good modeling from other moms, and others learn from the mistakes of others. These… (more…)

How to Recover after a Narcissistic Relationship

by on May 6, 2017

One of the defining characteristics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a lack of accurate perception of reality. The narcissist sees the world through a self-absorbed lens in which they are the stars and others are there to support and serve them. Those attracted to the narcissist are dazzled by the superficial self-confidence, convincing opinions, charming… (more…)

The Scariest of Personalities – Narcissistic Mothers

by on November 15, 2016

Ever wonder what makes Cinderella’s stepmother, Snow White’s stepmother, and Rapunzel’s adopted mother so evil? They are the most hated of characters precisely because their mothering instincts are contrary to a nurturing mother. Cinderella’s stepmother is a humiliating narcissistic parent who neglected and snubbed her daughter after the trauma of losing her father. Snow White’s… (more…)

The Primary Purpose of Parenting

by on August 3, 2016

The primary purpose of parenting is to raise fully functional adults who can take care of themselves and make a positive contribution to society. Generally speaking, this should be accomplished by eighteen. After this age, parents have less verbal influence but can still be positive role models through actions, not words. It is with the… (more…)

Why Some People Doubt Everything

by on August 24, 2012

Do you have a client who doubts nearly everything they did? The issue could be resolved yet they still question past decisions or actions. Their doubtfulness even extends into future choices parellizing them long before an act is required. How can they be free from this? Erik Erikson in his eight stages of psychosocial development explains… (more…)

Why Some People Feel Guilty Over Everything

by on August 24, 2012

Do you have a continually guilty client?  A person who feels bad over things they have no control over? A person who takes responsibility for other’s mistakes? Or a person who can’t seem to rest because there is so much to do? Frequently their thoughts of “I should not have”, “I can’t believe I did… (more…)

Why Some People Feel Inferior

by on August 24, 2012

“I never do anything right.”  While this is an overgeneralization with evidence to the contrary, some people actually believe they can’t to do anything right.  Perhaps you have a client like this.  It is unproductive to argue the specific points of the matter with them because no amount of reason stops the inferiority feeling. What does work is… (more…)

Why Some People Don’t Know Who They Are

by on August 24, 2012

Has a client ever struggled with answering a simple open ended question such as, “Tell me about yourself?” Perhaps they look like a deer caught in the headlights, responding with confusion, “Well, what do you mean?” Or “What do you want to know?” Occasionally they may reply with overly generic statements which still provide no… (more…)

Why Mid-Life Crisis Happens

by on August 24, 2012

A bad outcome of a mid-life crisis tosses people into counseling. They report that the person they knew became entirely different over night.  It is almost cliché that with a mid-life crisis comes the impractical sports car, the extramarital affair, late nights at bars, new friends who are twenty years younger, hipper clothes or a… (more…)

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