Do you remember the first time you began thinking about yourself as your own person, separate from mom and dad?

I think for me it began when I was a child and saw that I could choose what I wanted to wear for school, what I wanted to eat and what I liked to do. But not only that. My tastes, sense of style and opinions were different too.

Yet, this sense of, “Who am I?” definitely did not stop as a child. It grew in my twenties and continues to grow for me as an adult.

The more I am able to step out of my family’s shoes and develop my own sense of me, the further along the path I walk toward authenticity and self-identity. It’s a road less traveled especially if you come from a family-centered culture like mine.

If you are an artist, writer or any creative person, then you may understand what this feels like. You have a strong desire to create, yet you are equally drawn to censor yourself for fear of saying too much and the fear of then being judged by your family and society as a whole. If you feel this way, you’ll relate to one of this week’s top posts as well as our posts on getting along with those we love and a mind boggling post on our global identity. It’s another round of exciting stuff this week. Check it out!

Noosphere of Naiveté

(360° of Mindful Living) – This post may just blow your mind. At least it did for me. It’s too complex to describe here. Let’s just say we might be on the third phase of the development of the earth. You won’t want to miss this!

What Is Bipolar? What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar In Order?

(Bipolar Advantage) – Confused about the difference between bipolar and bipolar disorder? Is there a difference? Bipolar Advantages Tom Wootton helps clarify the difference (yes there is one!) in this helpful post.

How Much Do You Censor Your Creative Expression?

(The Creative Mind) – Fear of being judged affects all of us. In this post, the topic of how creatives censor their own art out of fear of disapproval is duly explored.

Understanding the People You Love

(Always Learning) – We love them, yet sometimes we hate them. It’s those we love the most that drives us most crazy. Thank goodness Always Learning has a solution to help transform our troubled relationships!

Therapists Retraumatizing the Client by NOT Hugging on Request

(Therapy Unplugged) – Therapists this question is for you. Should you hug your client? Heck yes! Find out why our Therapy Unplugged blogger Sonia Neale thinks so.