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Best of Our Blogs: February 17, 2014

At the heart of it, I think all problems stem from a fear of not being “good enough.”

I’ve noticed this when ambling to construct my next workshop. Am I working on giving or am I in the mindset of owing people for taking it?

I’ve noticed it when I’m overworking or overextending myself.

It’s evident in all of us when we overdo things-we exercise too much, we laugh a little too hard, we overcommit on activities-and when we’re not being our true selves.

It takes courage to be who we are. It takes inner strength to face the fact that despite all of it, we might still be disliked and rejected. The hardest part is choosing to be ourselves anyway.

Here’s what I’ve realized over time and what I continue to learn. Chasing after other people’s wishes and happiness is like chasing the end of the rainbow-it’ll leave me exhausted and it’s impossible to do. But finding my own self-worth, realizing that regardless of my mistakes, flaws and screw ups, I am and have always been, good enough.


Love and Wealth are Not Enough
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – In this post, Jonice Webb, Ph.D. gets to the heart of what truly matters: “Growing up, did you know that your parents loved you? Or did you feel that your parents loved you?”

The Struggle of Making a Living with Schizophrenia
(Of Two Minds) – You would never know that this photographer and writer who has written for New York Times ever struggled with it, until you read his story. Find out how he’s managed a successful life despite the challenges that come with schizophrenia.

Top 10 Websites for Building Your Private Practice
(Private Practice Toolbox) – Here’s your go-to resource for everything private practice related. Want information on creating newsletters, building a blog, being successful at social media and attracting the right clients? It’s all here in this expert list of blogs to help you build a successful private practice.

Will the True Narcissist Please Stand Up
(Bonding Time) – Is he or she really a narcissist or could it be something else? Here’s why mislabeling a loved one could do more harm than good for you and that person.

Songs for Myself: Taking Back My Abuser’s Favorite Music
(Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery) – Music is what brought them together. But when her boyfriend turned into an abuser, it also became a horrific soundtrack. Read how she was able to reframe the music so she could not only listen to it again, but use it to heal and mend her heart.

Best of Our Blogs: February 17, 2014

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: February 17, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 2, 2020, from
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