Shannon V. McHugh, PsyD
What is Emotional Blackmail?

Emotional blackmail is a relationship dynamic that involves a person instilling fear, obligation, and guilt into a relationship with another person, as author and psychotherapist Susan Forward had described. She

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Michelle Overman LMFT
What Is a Toxic Friendship?

Toxic is a word that can be overused when people talk about friendships. When referring to friendships, toxic is a word to describe a relationship that poisons you in some

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Tracy Smith LPC, NCC, ACS
What are Friends with Benefits?

Seinfeld was dubbed “the show about nothing” and aired for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998.  Arguably, its popularity soared because it cleverly addressed a multitude of issues through unique

Tracy Smith LPC, NCC, ACS
How To Spot People That Use Others

Can you recall a time in your life when you were used?  Unfortunately for most of us, this usually occurs sometime early in life.  Some of us might have been

Michelle Overman LMFT
The Science behind Hugging

When you see someone you have not been around in a long time, when someone is celebrating exciting news, or when someone is having a hard time, it is normal

Karen Doll, Psy.D., L.P
What is Triangulation Psychology?

Triangulation is a tactic used to manipulate an interaction between two people who are not communicating directly with each other.  It is problematic because a third person becomes involved in

Tracy Smith LPC, NCC, ACS
Does Altruism Make You Happy

The English Oxford Dictionary defines altruism as “selfless concern for the well-being of others.”  Altruism encompasses caring and kindness without the expectation of anything in return.  Perhaps not always overtly

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Michelle Overman LMFT
The Difference between Empathy & Sympathy

Empathy and sympathy or often used as if they are interchangeable. In reality, they mean very different things. While some might read the slight differences in the definitions as just