How to Survive Living With a Sociopath

living with a sociopath

Helping the vulnerable not just survive, but thrive I did it by following these six essential rules. Each type of family constellation creates a unique culture with expectations and unspoken rules. Narcissistic parents, for example, often set up a competitive environment and pitch siblings against one another. To these parents, maintaining the family’s good image … Read more

Living in This Present Moment: A Lesson From a Dying Man

present moment

Helping the vulnerable not just survive, but thrive He learned too late that all we have is this present moment. Brad walked into the bedroom dressed in his khaki shorts and a polo shirt, his white golf gloves still pulled high on both hands. With a big grin plastered on his face, he said, “You know, … Read more

My Shocking Discovery at 58 Years Old That I Have Autism

autism

A common undiagnosed or misdiagnosed condition for many women Almost two weeks ago, someone challenged a fundamental assumption I’d held about myself. This revelation has upended my world. Suddenly I feel wobbly, tentative, and not quite sure who I am. I’m undergoing a massive shift in self-understanding. As a licensed psychologist with over twenty years … Read more

On Being an Echoist–the Opposite of a Narcissist

Opposite of a narcissist

We avoid all forms of attention, even at the expense of our health Do you know what the opposite of a narcissist is? It’s not the empaths as some think. It’s the echoist. I know because I am one.  I walked into my surgeon’s office today. Four days ago, I underwent a lower facelift to deal … Read more

Never Again: Facing the Truth to Stop the Cycle

Never Again

A closer look at the importance of introspection for lasting change This past week I’ve been flooded with memories. I’m sure it has to do with the date on the calendar. Later this month is my third wedding anniversary. And I think to myself never again.  The flashbacks aren’t fond recollections, but snapshots of painful, disturbing, … Read more