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» The Harmful Effects of Toxic Stress on You & Your Children - World of Psychology

» The Harmful Effects of Toxic Stress on You & Your Children - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
You aren't doing your kids any favors by staying in an unhealthy marriage.
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Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships, U-M research says | UofMHealth.org

Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships, U-M research says | UofMHealth.org | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
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Bad marriages = double the risk of depression compared to good marriages over a ten year period, and significantly worse than being single.

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Beating the Valentine's Day Blues: Redefining Intimate Relationship Success

Beating the Valentine's Day Blues: Redefining Intimate Relationship Success | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The path to true romantic success isn't out toward some other ideal person -- it instead demands that we turn inward, and develop our own capacities to choose appropriate partners, form intimate bonds, and maintain mutually satisfying relationships.
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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: Empathy vs. Sympathy vs. File Not Found

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: Empathy vs. Sympathy vs. File Not Found | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

When we say we want a partner to demonstrate empathy, is perhaps what we really mean  sympathy?

 

The point has been made by some of my friends battling OCPD is that it's not that they necessarily lack empathy (though sometimes they do). In fact, when someone they love is hurting, they are often all knotted up inside, hurting with and for their partner, but often, none of that shows on the outside.

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Alcoholic men demonstrate a deficit in empathy and distorted view of irony

Emotions are often implicit undertones to our communication interactions, and decoding them requires substantial social and cognitive abilities. A study of the ability of chronic male alcoholics to recognize the emotional component of irony in relation to their empathic abilities has found a clear deficit.

 

More specifically, the alcoholics demonstrated: a deficit of empathic functions; a specific impairment of the "social skills" component of empathy; a disturbed comprehension of irony; difficulties in recognizing the emotional dimension in communication; difficulties in identifying speakers' emotional states and intentions; and an overestimation of positive emotions and a misunderstanding of the negative connotation of ironic situations.

 

[Of course . . . hard to know which came first. It's entirely possible that their low levels of empathy and resulting relationship difficulties led to the chronic alcohol abuse to begin with.]

 

 


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Anette Due Rosenzweig's comment, November 12, 2012 9:02 PM
I tend to agree with the last statement!
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More Thoughts on FOG, Hoovers and No Contact When Ending a Relationship with a Narcissist, Borderline, Histrionic and/or Sociopath | Shrink4Men

More Thoughts on FOG, Hoovers and No Contact When Ending a Relationship with a Narcissist, Borderline, Histrionic and/or Sociopath | Shrink4Men | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Many of my clients often have difficulty after ending their relationships with an abusive and crazy ex. These men and women torture themselves with self-doubt (Am I doing the right thing?), self-recrimination (Why am I so stupid? Why did I put up with her/his behavior for so long? Why did I have kids with that sadistic lunatic?) and second-guessing (If only I’d done this; What if I’d said that?)

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» Drama and Chaos in Relationships - The Impact of Sex Addiction

» Drama and Chaos in Relationships  - The Impact of Sex Addiction | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When drama characterizes a relationship it is often because drama has become a drug in its own right. For sex addicts high drama relationships ..
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» No Dumping Allowed: Dealing With Family Get-Togethers In 3 Steps - Therapy Soup

» No Dumping Allowed: Dealing With Family Get-Togethers In 3 Steps - Therapy Soup | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Sometimes having a well thought out No Dumping policy (and action plan) is best for family get-togethers, especially at holiday time.
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Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life.

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Relationships That Hurt: When Enough Is Enough | Tiny Buddha

Relationships That Hurt: When Enough Is Enough | Tiny Buddha | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
It can be tough to see things for what they are when we’re emotionally involved and invested. These 3 questions may help you ascertain if enough is enough.
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Is There Such Thing as Too Much Empathy? - Addiction Recovery

Is There Such Thing as Too Much Empathy? - Addiction Recovery | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

A critical task of addiction recovery is restoring empathy. By sharing stories and reaching out to help others in recovery, addicts gradually repair the empathy deficits caused by drug and alcohol abuse. But is it possible to have too much empathy? When does being “too nice” become a problem?...

 

Keeping Empathy in Check
When empathy goes into overdrive, people put themselves at risk for mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and physical complications such as heart disease and high blood pressure....

 

By DAVID SACK, M.D.


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