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Best of Our Blogs: March 5, 2019

I attended Oahu’s Wanderlust festival over the weekend specifically to hear author Elizabeth Gilbert speak. It was a life changing few hours. In that time, I learn how to be courageous and free. Surprisingly, what was most transforming is being in a room of over two hundred people and remembering struggle is a universal thing.

Gilbert also had us write letters to and from various parts of ourselves. One of the most moving was a permission slip. In it, we were told to list all the things we had permission to do and not do anymore. Workshop attendees read things like, “I have permission to leave my loveless marriage,” or “I have permission to get a dog and not tell my landlord or my husband about it.” Gilbert’s permission including never having to write another Christmas card.

It was a liberating exercise. Want to try it? List all the things you give yourself permission to do and not do, and see how free you feel afterwards.

What the Process of Recovery From Childhood Emotional Neglect Really Feels Like
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – If you can relate to these true stories, you might have suffered from childhood emotional neglect too.

Healing from Emotional Abandonment, Shame, and Unworthiness
(Happily Imperfect) – You were clothed, fed, and well-cared for, but you struggle with trusting others and unworthiness. You’ll want to read this post on how to heal from emotional abandonment.

Being Single Is Totally Normal
(Single at Heart) – If you’re single, you’re in good company.

These 7 Traits Make You Vulnerable to Narcissistic Manipulation
(Liberation After Narcissistic Abuse) – Your trusting and empathetic, and that could be why you keep attracting narcissists.

How Narcissists Play the Victim and Twist the Story
(Psychology of Self) – Get in an argument with a narcissist and they’ll win by breaking you down with these hurtful tactics.

Best of Our Blogs: March 5, 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: March 5, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2020, from
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