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Best of Our Blogs: March 10, 2015

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The negativity you receive from external sources (e.g. the news, words from a toxic relative, or fight with your kids) is often shocking, hurtful and upsetting. But I’m betting that it’s nothing compared to the greatest voice of negativity in your life.

It’s the one that tells you you’ll never be happy,

or smart,


or well.

It’s the voice that shames you when you feel good about yourself, and returns with a vengeance when you’re down.

It’s harsher than the most toxic person in your life.

That horrendous voice is yourself.

How do you stop what hurts you most? Sometimes it takes distraction. Other times it requires you to eliminate the critical people in your life. In all cases, it asks that you focus on being kinder to yourself.

It might not cure you of your inner negativity, but our posts below offer a change in perspective and a dose of hope. It’s everything you need to start the process of healing, self-compassion, and inner positivity.

BPD: Toxic People
(Being Borderline) – How do you deal with a toxic friend or relative? This blogger found that by giving herself permission to end these relationships, she was better able to take care of herself.

Emotionally Neglected in a Highly Emotional Family
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – If you’ve grown up with parents who constantly argued, you may be a victim of emotional neglect. See if you recognize your own story in this example of how an angry household affected three children in very different ways.

Want To Be Happier Today? Do These Three Things
(Leveraging Adversity) – There may be a lot of things you can’t control in your life, but you can choose to be happy. Improve your happiness through these three self-empowering ways.

5 Reasons Why You Want to Avoid Arguing With Your Child, 1 of 2
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – It’s no doubt that kids trigger us as parents. But getting into an argument with them could be one of the worst things you can do. This post explains why.

How to Make Your Frustrations Easier
(Of Two Minds) – How do you deal with frustrations? It’s part of our daily lives and can be incredibly difficult if you suffer from mental illness. But this blogger shares what things you can do to transform a frustrating experience into a tolerable one.

Best of Our Blogs: March 10, 2015

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: March 10, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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