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Best of Our Blogs: February 22, 2019

If you suffer from physical or mental illness, you probably also struggle with loved ones who don’t understand what you’re going through.

In addition to saying the things you don’t want to hear, sometimes the things they say are darn right hurtful.

When friends and family say, “Look on the bright side,” or “Why are you so negative all the time?” it feels invalidating and can make you feel more alone.

This could be a sign that you need to rely on other people, those who can hear and handle your pain. It’s also not personal. Unless they trained to be a counselor or therapist, most people didn’t learn how to listen to others empathically in school.

Remember that your experience is your own and it’s okay to feel it. In the meantime, our bloggers’ posts on narcissists, spirituality, love and forgiving yourself will help you feel better and less alone.

4 Ways to Stay Stuck in a Relationship with a Narcissist
(Knotted) –  Here are the surprising things you’re doing to keep you in a relationship with a narcissist.

Can Malignant Narcissists and Psychopaths Change? Why You Shouldn’t Count On It
(Recovering from a Narcissist) – These myths give you false hope and keep you in the loop of abuse with a narcissist.

Why Spirituality is Good for Your Mental Health
(Spirituality & Mental Health) – Read the four ways spirituality can improve your mental health.

The Day I Realized My Foster Daughter’s Biological Mom Was My Equal
(The Here & There of Foster Care) – It’s a difficult thing to do, but she was able to find love and remove the bitterness she had for her foster daughter’s biological mom.

Changes in Love Interests with Maturity: 11 Changes
(Relationship Corner) – It’s a surprising sign you’re growing up. What you’re looking for in a partner has changed.

Best of Our Blogs: February 22, 2019

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. (2019). Best of Our Blogs: February 22, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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