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Best of Our Blogs: September 14, 2018

When things get hard, as they always do, I rely on words.

Words are my calming presence, my beacon of hope.

Its Elizabeth Gilbert’s words in Eat, Pray, Love:

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”

And from psychologist Susan David on the Insights at the Edge podcast: “Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.”

It’s just like these words from Matilda:

“These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

What all these quotes have in common is a reminder that we all struggle. And overcoming obstacles is how we draw closer to our true selves.

Draw on the words of our bloggers. May their words help you feel less isolated, and just a little bit more hopeful this week.

A Brief Guide to Self-Harm and Unhealed Childhood Trauma
(Psychology of Self) – Did you know not sleeping can be a form of poor self-care? Read this to learn what self-harm looks like, where it comes from and how to seek help when its been your survival strategy all these years.

Unloved Daughters, Forgiveness, and the Doormat Effect
(Knotted) – Here’s a look into the downside of forgiveness.

5 Reasons Good Girls Can’t Resist Bad Boys
(The Good Daughter Syndrome) – Like a moth to a flame, it’s the surprising reason why you’re drawn to those bad boys.

The Dysfunctional Bond Between Narcissists and Co-Dependents
(The Exhausted Woman) – What is the attraction between narcissists and co-dependents? Read this and you may recognize your relationship.

What Are the Stages of Adult Life If You Are Single and Have No Children?
(Single at Heart) – It’s a model based on what life may look like if you’re single without children.

Best of Our Blogs: September 14, 2018

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 14, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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