Why Our Political Discussions are Getting Us Nowhere and Three Things we Can Do About It

The current state of our political discourse causes me a lot of anxiety. When I hear people from two different political persuasions discuss a sensitive political topic in personal conversation (or social media or anywhere else), it most often devolves (almost immediately) into name-calling, interrupting, shouting, sarcasm, disrespect, and general rudeness and hostility. Where Has … Continue reading Why Our Political Discussions are Getting Us Nowhere and Three Things we Can Do About It

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Four Things Men Can Do To Empower Women Every Day

The last year has made it clear that we still have much work to do in the United States (and the world in general) to make sure that women are treated with respect and dignity--that the world is a safe place for them to live in. In the last year, we elected a president whose … Continue reading Four Things Men Can Do To Empower Women Every Day

Whether You Have Thigh Gap or Thigh Glam, You Deserve to Feel Luscious, Peaceful, and Beautiful in Your Body Right Now

One of the most painful messages women receive (and they receive this message a lot) is that they have to be some shape, size, or weight other than they are to deserve to feel luscious, peaceful, and beautiful in their bodies and to be worthy of love. This message is pervasive in our culture, and … Continue reading Whether You Have Thigh Gap or Thigh Glam, You Deserve to Feel Luscious, Peaceful, and Beautiful in Your Body Right Now

Four Things You Can Do When People Treat You Unfairly

Being treated unfairly feels awful. People treat us unfairly in a number of ways. They might judge us and interpret our behavior in the worst possible way, even when they have no idea what we are going through. They might place unrealistic and unfair expectations on us. They might repay kindness we have sincerely extended … Continue reading Four Things You Can Do When People Treat You Unfairly

Step Two: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

Step 2: I realized that this is not how life was meant to beā€”that I was meant to live a life of Love and not hate and loathing. (See the overall steps here and step one here). Self-hate is a common phenomenon in our lives--so much so that we often do not even realize that … Continue reading Step Two: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

Step One: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

The first step: One day I realized that I had no idea how to love myself and that I was stuck in a pattern of self-hate and self-loathing. The other day I wrote about a path of seven steps (more or less) for overcoming self-hate. I thought I would elaborate on them in a series … Continue reading Step One: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

Seven Steps to Love: Recovering from Self-Hate

On my blog at various points, I have written about how for many years, I unconsciously struggled to love and accept myself and as a result, I often got stuck in patterns of self-loathing and self-hate. (You can read more about this here, here, here, and here.) When I realized that I struggled with this … Continue reading Seven Steps to Love: Recovering from Self-Hate