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Best of Our Blogs: May 14, 2019

I haven’t watched the movie yet, but when I heard Kelly Clarkson’s song, “Broken and Beautiful” from Ugly Dolls, I thought it was so touching and moving that I wanted to post it here.

“I never held my hand out and asked for something free
I got pride I could roll out for miles in front of me
I don’t need your help, and I don’t need sympathy
I don’t need you to lower the bar for me
I know I’m Superwoman, I know I’m strong
I know I’ve got this ’cause I’ve had it all along
I’m phenomenal and I’m enough
I don’t need you to tell me who to be…”

Sometimes illness makes us feel broken. Sometimes it makes others feel pity. I think this song has an empowering message especially since it’s #mentalhealthmonth.

Songs can make us feel strong and courageous. Do you have a song that empowers you?

Speaking of which, our top posts on how to stop being passive-aggressive, how OT can help you, and ways to have a happier Mother’s Day will empower you. Have a good week!

Can Childhood Emotional Neglect Make You Passive-Aggressive?
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Are you always late and cancel plans? You could be exhibiting passive aggressive behavior if you’re doing it out of anger. Here’s how to stop it.

Neurodiversity and Fight-or-flight Response: How Occupational Therapy Saved My Life by Teaching Me to Regulate My Nervous System and the 16 Things I’ve Learned
(A Neurodivergent Perspective) – If you are neurodivergent, here’s how OT could benefit you.

25 Characteristics of Narcissistic Parents and Dysfunctional Families (Part 2)
(Psychology of Self) – In the second part of this post, you’ll recognize more patterns of dysfunctional families from scapegoating to chronic envy.

Happy or Not-so-happy Narcissistic Mother’s Day
(The Exhausted Woman) – Mother’s Day has come and gone, but this is still relevant for anyone who has a narcissistic mom.

Triangulation: 2 Practical Explanations
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Manipulation. Lies. Here’s what triangulation is and how you got looped into it.

Best of Our Blogs: May 14, 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: May 14, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2020, from
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