Happiness

9 Signs of Perfectionism

Hey Optimist Minds! Has anyone ever called you a perfectionist? Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself and others to be the best? Perfectionism is a general pattern of behaviour characterised by the need to be flawless. People with this personality trait tend...

Relationships

Why do I push people away when I am sad? (5 reasons why)

When we are emotionally vulnerable or hurt, we tend to push people away- even the ones who tries to help us- because of the simple fact that we are afraid of getting hurt again.  Our brain and our emotions, based on our previous experiences, tend...

Relationships

7 Ways to Improve a Narcissistic Relationship

Hey Optimist Minds! Have you ever been in close contact with a narcissist? Did you have no choice but to stay in touch with them? Narcissism is a construct that describes behaviour patterns characterised by arrogance, self-centredness, entitlement, antagonism, manipulation, and a lack of empathy. ...

Relationships

5 Hidden Signs You are in a Narcissistic Relationship

Hey Optimist Minds! Are you struggling in your relationship with a particular person? Do they seem to be mad at you ever so often that you feel stressed out? It could be your partner, parent, guardian, sibling, child, boss, teacher, or anyone you have to...

Relationships

What It’s Like to Break Up with a Narcissist

Hey Optimist Minds! It’s not easy at all to be in a romantic relationship with a narcissist. Their lack of empathy, manipulation, and abusive behaviour prevent the possibility of a healthy and meaningful bond. Despite that, many people stay in these relationships for years for...

Relationships

5 Hidden Signs Someone is Gaslighting

Hey Optimist Minds! Have you heard of the word “gaslighting”? This is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a person. If someone is gaslighting you, you might be questioning your memory, perception, and sanity. This technique is used...

Relationships

Characteristics of a Good Relationship (9+ Signs)

We all dream of having the perfect relationship. A companion that would love us unconditionally and accept us for who we are.  But when do you really know that what you have is real? When do you know you have found ‘the one’? In this...

Relationships

9 Tips On How To Get Over a Breakup When You Still Love Them

Getting over a breakup is never easy. When your heart is broken, moving on feels like the last thing you can do. In order to lead a happier life, it is important to try and heal your past relationship wounds. Heartbreaks often affect more than...

Relationships

5 Signs to Spot a Narcissistic Parent

Hey Optimist Minds! Our parents are the most influential figures in our life as they shape our personalities. The way they interact with us builds our self-image. If they’re warm and affectionate, we grow up to believe we deserve love. However, if they’re cold, distant,...

Relationships

9 Signs You are Dating a Narcissist

Hey Optimist Minds! Are you in a relationship that feels like an emotional roller coaster? Do you sometimes feel like you’re each other’s soulmates but also often feel like you’re trapped?  A toxic relationship could be a warning sign that perhaps you’re dealing with a...

Relationships

11 Things Toxic Parents Say to Their Kids

Hey Optimist Minds! Are your parents your biggest critics? Do they often say things that bring you down? What our parents say to us plays a significant role in shaping our adult personality. A hostile and demeaning environment in childhood can severely damage a person’s...

Relationships

11 Things Toxic Friends Say

Hey Optimist Minds! When you spend time with your friends, are you anxious about their reactions? Do you find it hard to be your true self in front of them? Unfortunately, manyMany people find themselves in friendships where they are not valued.  These friends don’t...