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3 Games People Play to Avoid Taking Responsibility

We often play many games between ourselves and others. But by “games” I don’t mean sports, or video games, or board games. Instead “games” are a form of dishonest communication – usually with ulterior motives involved. In Eric Berne’s influential work Games People Play, a “game” is defined as a set of ulterior transactions with […]

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A Conversation Between Your Positive Self and Negative Self

We’re complex beings. Often times there isn’t one singular self that makes us who we are, but many multiple selves that are tugging away simultaneously. Whichever “self” wins the tug of war is the one that gets to choose how we respond to any given situation. Sometimes our “positive self” wins. Sometimes our “negative self” […]

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How to Overcome Stereotype Threat: Looking Beyond Society’s Expectations

We live in a world full of expectations. Society often expects us to act a certain way and be a certain way depending on who we are and what the “norms” are in a particular culture. These are the stereotypes we all have to face to some degree. Stereotype threat is when we fear conforming […]

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Why It’s Healthy to Reflect on Your Past Relationships

Whenever we experience a fall-out or a break up with someone, we often have a natural tendency to reflect on that relationship. Often it can be a painful process. We ruminate constantly about someone – staying up all night thinking about the mistakes we made, the negative signs we missed, and all the things we […]

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Small Talk vs. Big Questions: How to Build a Deep Connection With Anyone

When I look back on my life, the times when I’ve built the deepest connections with people are when we just sit and talk about the “big questions” in life. How do you picture a perfect society? What are your big goals in life? What do you think are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? What’s […]

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