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Best of Our Blogs: September 1, 2015


You can’t do much to change your height. You’re born with the family, skin color and inborn traits you’ve got. We spend a great deal of our youth trying to compensate for that. But as adults, there are some things even more difficult to contend with.

Things like wanting something about yourself, others or a situation to be different than it is, for example, can be immensely difficult to deal with. There’s always a part of you that wishes or fantasizes about what life would be like if you didn’t have this illness or that relative. It hurts when you compare your life to a friend or an acquaintance who is illness and dysfunctional family free. How do you reconcile the life you equate with happiness with your own reality?

I listen, read and observe people who’s had unbelievable, inconceivable challenges-the type of problems that make my life seem easy. What I’ve found is surprisingly more admirable than the seemingly seamless life we’re all secretly envious of. The gifts of resilience, strength, gratitude and wisdom are ingredients for a life filled with beauty and meaning.

Whether you’re wrestling with external circumstances, your own self-doubt or challenging childhood, you’ll begin to reap the gifts of acceptance by reading our top posts this week.

Six Signs of Addiction Potential in Adult Children of Alcoholics
(The Science of Addiction) – Your childhood was filled with the chaos that comes with drug and alcohol addiction. Familiarity may make you replicate that life as an adult. Find out if you’re on the road to repeating that unhealthy pattern here.

Born Under the Gaslight: Five Steps to Heal
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – If you grew up in a family that gave you contradictory messages, you may feel isolated, confused and unable to trust yourself as an adult. But there’s hope in these five steps to help you heal.

Six Ways to Build Happiness from Within
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Happiness is fleeting especially when it’s due to external circumstances. But if you want enduring, lasting happiness, work on developing it from within.

A Simple Exercise for Dealing with Self-Doubts
(Weightless) – Are you filled with self-doubt? Try this to prevent it from further sabotaging your life.

3 Basics of Working (Mindfully) with a Narcissist in Therapy: A Balancing Act, 1 of 5
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Your client or loved one has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder. How do you help support them without affecting your own state of well-being? Start with this.

Best of Our Blogs: September 1, 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: September 1, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from
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