Posts tagged Trump
Living with Toxicity: Issues in Parenting

I can think of no better time than now for parents to take responsibility for their own inner journeys. An inability to do so runs the risk of parents not being able to set their children free to be children so that they can follow their soul's firm persuasion without needing to take care of the unconscious needs of their caregivers. The potential repercussions could be more profound than we realize.

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Living with Toxicity: Empathy and Its Absence

For many children, disempowering and falsely empowering parenting can lead to the development of shame and grandiosity respectively, both of which create an imbalance of empathy within the self and toward others. In many ways, we either become sponges for others' feelings or we develop a Teflon-like coating that prevents others' emotions from landing.

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Living with Toxicity: Lies & Trauma Bonding

At this point, in addition to the fact that each new crisis or diplomatic flash point serves to distract from the reality of his behavior, the president's obsession with shifting the conversation to the next shiny object has the effect of causing the American public to anticipate—in an almost Pavlovian fashion—his next idiocratic move. In a sick way, it is as if we need him. And we will put up with increasingly bizarre behaviors as long as he can do something that passes for normal every once in a while. Such is the tragic way that trauma bonding keeps victim and abuser tethered to one another.

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Living with Toxicity: The Person Behind the Mask

Trump: "I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful... I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything."

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Independence Day

It is July 4th. Many of us are with friends and family engaging in rituals and traditions born of an era steeped in national pride. To be clear, there have been times when this time of year has called forth true feelings of gratitude about our collective embodiment of values that feel aspirational and true to who we are at our deepest core. This is not that time.

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