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Best of Our Blogs: May 17, 2016

woman telling secrets, pop art retro style illustrationIt’s amazing. You could be going along with your business and not even know it. Unconsciously, you’re in awe and full of compassion for a friend’s struggles. You find yourself gossiping about a co-worker’s shockingly distasteful behavior.

You’re working the outside world without checking what’s going on in the inside. There’s a gap there. There’s a disconnection. Maybe it makes you feel invincible. But on a deeper level, it makes you feel isolated and alone.

What you don’t realize is you play a huge role in what you’re experiencing. It took some time until I realized everything that was triggering me-the courageous lady who endured a painful past, the really bossy boss-were all different sides of myself that I hadn’t yet acknowledged. Swimming right below the surface, they were begging to be seen.

If you grew up feeling unheard, it may take you awhile to recognize what’s missing. Sometimes all it takes is reading someone else’s story for it to click. Whether it’s your sensitivity or your long lost emotional needs, our following posts on may just help you reconnect and remember.

7 Tips For Dealing With Criticism When You’re A Highly Sensitive Person
(Happily Imperfect) – How do you cope with someone’s harsh words? If you’re highly sensitive you might people-please to avoid it. But these are a helpful alternative.

The Surprising Reality Behind Mothers Day & Fathers Day
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Being a parent is so difficult. If we’re not careful to take care of our own emotional pain, then our children will suffer because of it. See which one of these parents sound like you or your own parents.

Pain, Boundaries and the Narcissist
(Narcissism Meets Normalcy) – When you’re raised by parents who don’t respect your boundaries, you’re vulnerable to a lifetime of pain from others. Lenora courageously shares what a lack of boundaries looked like in her household growing up.

What Does It Mean to Be High-Functioning?
(Bipolar Laid-Bare) – Where do you fall on the spectrum of functionality, and what does it mean to be “high-functioning” when you have bipolar disorder? See how you measure up in these six categories to find out.

8 Things That Make My ADHD Brain Happy
(ADHD Millennial) – There are certain things that people with ADHD share such as the inability to tolerate boredom and these eight surprisingly things to make even that enjoyable.

Best of Our Blogs: May 17, 2016

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: May 17, 2016. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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