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Love people who are worth loving (How do I know someone is worth loving?)

People who are worth your time and effort are people who are willing to work with you to set healthy boundaries, communicate, and grow together and individually. Relationships can be a challenge, especially when you have gone past the honeymoon phase and have now begun...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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7 Signs of an Unhealthy Father-Son Relationship

Hey Optimist Minds! Being the male parent, fathers serve as important role models for their sons. However, in traditional parenting, fathers don’t have much emotional involvement in their son’s life. As a result, sons miss out on the full potential of this bond. Studies show...

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5 Signs of an Unhealthy Mother-Daughter Relationship

Hey Optimist Minds! A daughter’s relationship with her mother plays a vital role in the development of self-esteem. As a same-sex parent, the mother models how her little girl is supposed to look, talk and act as she grows up. However, if this is a...

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11 Thoughts That Destroy Relationships

Hey Optimist Minds! When we’re in a new relationship, whether it’s romantic or platonic, there’s always an excitement towards the beginning. As you keep investing in each other, the bond can flourish for years. However, sometimes, relationships don’t make it in the long run. A...