How To Manage an Unhealthy Relationship with Your Parent

How To Manage an Unhealthy Relationship with Your Parent

Many people have difficult, unhealthy, or toxic parental relationships. For a variety of reasons, including cultural beliefs, personal values, or societal pressure, you may think that you have no choice but to deal with it, even if that means you suffer. You may feel guilty for not doing more for them or obligated to do whatever your parent asks of you. Take a moment to reflect on what your parent does for you now that you’re an adult. So many of us are raised to believe that we have to obey our parents without question. But as we reach adulthood, the relationship needs to be more balanced so you can protect and grow your own emotional wellness.

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Taking the Mystery & Fear Out of Therapy

Taking the Mystery & Fear Out of Therapy

What is Therapy?

There’s still a lot of stigma and confusion surrounding mental health care. If you are apprehensive about therapy, you are not alone. Men, particularly men of color and Black men, have traditionally been taught to be strong, or that showing your emotions makes you weak (read more on “Why Emotional Vulnerability is a Sign of Strength”). Or you may be thinking that therapy is about telling you there’s something wrong with you and you need to change. But it’s neither of those things. Therapy is just a conversation.

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Why Don’t My Relationships Last?

Why Don’t My Relationships Last?

It’s so common for people to have a string of relationships that don’t last. There’s a disconnect between you and your partner, even in the beginning when fostering the relationship, it gets cut short because of that disconnect. What’s going on? Is it that you’re not compatible or are needs not being met?

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Why Emotional Vulnerability is a Sign of Strength

Why Emotional Vulnerability is a Sign of Strength

What have you been taught about emotions?

For many, talking about feelings, or being emotional, can be as taboo as expressing our thoughts on religion or politics. Some would say it is best to not to talk about them because doing this could make people feel uncomfortable. Best not to put people off by talking about what is going on inside of us.

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How to Improve Intimacy in Your Relationship

How to Improve Intimacy in Your Relationship

You know how the story goes: you meet someone, you have butterflies in your stomach, you fall in love, and the passion and chemistry is undeniable. As time goes on, your bond grows deeper and stronger, but as you become more comfortable with each other, the romance and passion die down and your relationship turns more into a friendship. The lust and intimacy fizzles. Even though you love your partner, you miss the romance and passion. How do you rekindle that spark? Is it even possible to have comfort, trust, and romance? 

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