You Don't Have the Power to Change Them
Relationships go through a lot of difficulties. In the beginning, things are exciting and new. But it’s not long until the flaws begin to show. Our partners reveal more of themselves and we are left to reckon with it. Sometimes these realizations drive us closer together, and sometimes they bring out an unhealthy desire to “fix” or change our partners in a number of ways. That’s not how good partnerships are built, however. We can’t change our partners and we shouldn’t even try.
How to Handle the Post-Pandemic Social Fatigue
by: E.B. Johnson As some of us struggle to find a sense of normalcy in this strange unknown world, many are dealing with a phenomenon they never confronted before. For the first time, millions are finding themselves stuck in a wave of social anxiety and fatigue. The relationships that once brought them joy are now bringing tension and exhaustion that’s hard to shake. We’ve all been drained over the last year, and our social skills have been drained too. If we want to get back on track to connection and fulfillment, then we have to confront our social fatigue honestly for what it is.
Three Otters and a Funeral
My mother had been dead for three days, and I was numb. Not the kind of numb that comes when you’re all cried out from a nasty breakup. It was the kind of numb that makes you pray you don’t get out of bed in the morning.
Signs Your Best Friend Is a Covert Narcissist
by: E.B. Johnson Is your friendship toxic or exhausting? If you feel like this connection is one sided, it may be possible that you’re dealing with a covert narcissist. Narcissists are charming, and they know how to pinpoint our weaknesses in exceptional ways. The covert narcissist is especially dangerous and can find their way easily into our social circles. Do you feel like your friend may be a narcissist in disguise? Educate yourself, look out for the signs, and take action to protect yourself in the most conflict-free fashion that you can.