One might argue that any therapy has as an implicit objective to help the individual acquire the characteristics associated with hardiness.
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I have long been interested in understanding why some people seem to be successful in achieving their goals in life and others struggle or fail.
There are many factors and forces at play in a failing relationship where one, or both, partners would prefer to be apart, but cannot or will not bring themselves to separate.
How might a person, married to someone they love and with whom they are happy, be unhappy being married? And how can they successfully address it?
Unfortunately and too often, the proverbial “awkward silence” is interpreted as a sign of trouble in an ongoing relationship or a sign of social anxiety or social ineptitude in more casual relationships—however these interpretations might not always be accurate.
Sometimes Condolences Can Hurt, More Than Help.
Perhaps surprisingly, unsolicited advice can actually harm a relationship rather than strengthen it.
Eric Hoffer, the social writer and philosopher, once said "the search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness." Similarly, John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher and social theorist said, "ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so."
Some adversity in life may improve mental health and well-being by strengthening resiliency, a new study asserts.
Sara, a person who has consulted me frequently for help for many years, has been a harsh self-critic; essentially, picking up where both her parents left off. While therapy has helped her to become more accepting of her shortcomings and occasional failures, Sara still, at times, can berate or belittle herself for an occasional error in judgment, a social gaffe, or even a disappointing experience on a blind date.