Your belief that everything is going to be all right. Her smile. His sense of ease. Your friendship.

What has illness done to you and your relationships?

What have you gained in return?

Meaning. Presence. Connection. Compassion.

This week, read the fascinating ways narcissism, stress, negative thinking and a traumatic childhood affect who we are today. Then, ask yourself: What have you gained from these unlikely gifts?

Narcissistic Grandma, Wounded Daughter, Alienated Grandchildren
(Narcissism Meets Normalcy) – Appeasing a narcissistic family member could cost you everything.

Top 5 Unhealthy Ways of Thinking (and What to Do Instead)
(Sorting Out Your Life) – It’s at the root of everything that’s not working in your life. Read how your thinking is affecting your health, relationships and even your career.

Narcissism and Psychopathy in Game of Thrones (Part 1): Cersei
(The Savvy Shrink) – What does your favorite TV show have to do with narcissism? It’s an interesting look at what one Game of Thrones character would likely receive in the areas of diagnosis and treatment.

Are Men More Emotional Than Women?
(Anger Management) – Wonder why the man in your life withdraws or fights in response to stress? This explains a lot.

The Cure for an Imperfect Childhood
(Building Relationship Skills) – How do you heal wounds from a broken childhood? It’s the answer you didn’t expect.