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Best of Our Blogs: September 15, 2015


I bet you’re pretty hard on yourself.

You might, for example, hold yourself accountable not only to your own problems, but others as well.

You rehash conversations you had with friends and loved ones and can’t stop thinking about all the things you shouldn’t have or could have said or did.

You’re overly apologetic.

You befriend people who are draining and toxic.

This and you can never figure out why you’re unhappy.

I think most of us who read this blog are people-pleasers. A lot of us who seek self-improvement and therapy are constantly burdened by the thought that we’re burdening other people. Yet there is freedom in forgiving and accepting yourself wherever you are on your journey. Just because you haven’t resolved all your issues doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to be loved, treated with kindness and cared about, especially by yourself.

This week’s top posts on self-reflection whether it’s on over-apologizing or getting through a difficult time, are all prompts to help get you on the path not towards more self-criticism, but self-understanding, self-empathy and self-love.

How to NOT Emotionally Neglect Your Child
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – If your priority is to teach your child to behave him or herself, you may be neglecting the more important lesson of helping them to manage their feelings. This post will guide you in raising an emotionally healthy child.

5 Possibility Questions to Ask During Challenging Times
(NLP Discoveries) – We all go through difficult times, but what’s key is learning how to manage them. This list of thought-provoking questions will help get you from stuck to possibility.

I’m Sorry – But I Don’t Know What For
(Strength Over Adversity) – You know you don’t need to do it, but no matter how hard you try, you can stop yourself from apologizing. If you are an over-apologizer, read this.

Discovering Where You Come Alive in Your Work and Life
(Make a Mess) – If you feel like you’re sleep walking through your days, you need a wake up call. This creative exercise will inspire you to bring more meaning into your life.

Want to Inspire Change? Add Some Empathy
(Leveraging Adversity) – You want to help someone you love, but your efforts to change them seem to be backfiring on you. According to this, real change occurs when you put yourself in their shoes.

Best of Our Blogs: September 15, 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 15, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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