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Best of Our Blogs: January 16, 2018

Many of you may not know this, but I live in Hawaii. Most days are the same when you live on an island. We don’t get seasons here, and for much of the year news is rather light.

This is why when I received a text from my dad and our emergency alert system that a missile was on its way and it was not a drill, it was pretty terrifying.

Fortunately, I missed most of the drama since by the time I woke up, everyone discovered it was indeed a mistake.

Yet, it’s been a few days now. Every once in awhile while it was quiet, I’d feel a surge of fear. What if it was real?

As I write this it’s Martin Luther King Day. Reading through all of his quotes are like strings of hope, a soothing balm to heal the soul. This one in particular has helped me: “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

I decided that courage and love are far more powerful than fear. As you attack your own personal struggles, I hope his words, which you can also read more about here, light your way.

7 Signs You May Be Counter-Dependent
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – You have a general feeling of emptiness and unhappiness. If you struggle with asking others for help, you’re probably suffering from counter-dependence.

Good Fathers Forced into So-Called Abandonment
(Full Heart, Empty Arms) – This shocking post shows what can happen to children abused and tormented for loving an alienated parent.

When Depression Lies to You, Remind Yourself of the Truth
(From the Desk to the Couch) – Eating carbs, staying home and being irritable aren’t normally signs associated with depression. But according to this, it could be evidence that it’s returning.

Rejecting the Helpful Narcissist (Who Always Knows Best)
(Narcissism Meets Normalcy) – How can being helpful signal narcissism? Read this to see why the narcissist in your life will help you with everything even when you don’t want them to.

Describing A Narcissistic Parent’s Abuse
(Therapy Soup) – If you were raised by a narcissistic parent, you were robbed of your own feelings. Here are the other things that were taken from you.

Best of Our Blogs: January 16, 2018

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: January 16, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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