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Do You Get Overly Attached in Relationships? Take This Quiz

In <i>The Ecstasy of Surrender</i> I emphasize that bonding with a partner is a natural part of getting to know someone and of falling in love. But getting overly attached goes beyond healthy bonding and is disempowering. When you truly love someone you're not interested in possessing the person or keeping …

Relationships

8 Ways to Ask for What You Want in Your Relationship

But before you go into Olivia Pope attack mode, keep this in mind: How you say something is just as important as what you say, says sex and relationship therapist Brandy Engler Dunn, Ph.D., author of <i>The Men On My Couch.</i> If you approach the situation in a demanding or accusatory way, they'll …

10 Things People Who Are Great At Relationships Do Differently

<b>Do you ever wonder why some relationships fail while others are totally rocking it?</b><p>I know that I have for a long time. And still do.<p>Now that I'm married, this quest seems more compelling than ever. Having been through the divorce of my parents and many of those around me, this question has burned …

Relationships

What Makes You 'Click' With Someone Else?

You can’t put your finger on it.<p>You may not have anything in common.<p>On paper it might seem you’d never be friends.<p>But you just… “<i>click</i>.”<p>How does that …

Relationships

If You Really Loved Me, You Would...

Do you have expectations of a partner that often go unmet? What do you do when your expectations are not met?<p>The ego-wounded self often has a long list of expectations regarding how your partner will or should act if he or she cares about you or if you are important to him or her. Then, when your …

Time I

Her Mood, Your Move

<b>Situation 1: She Had a Really Bad Day</b><p><b>Solution: Woo-Her Sex!</b><br>Women are inevitably turned on by men who pay close attention to them—a vibe she won't pick up on if you seem to have your eyes on the prize. Woo-her sex is about intimacy, the thing women desire most in bed, according to a study from the …

The Most Important Ingredient to Finding Love Is...

I have clients come to me all the time searching for love. Everyone wants to fall in love. Everyone wants a great love story. If you are single and reading this right now and wanting to find the one, you are not alone. As a matter of fact, the #1 question searched on Google at the moment is: <i>"What</i> …

Relationships

How to Protect Your Relationship and Make It Last

These cells can be responsive to stress and negative energy, so even just witnessing someone else's warring ways could put you at the pre-show of your very own romantic battle. Assuming you don't want your relationship to go down because of a fight that has nothing to do with you, here are …

10 Cliche Truths About Life People Forget | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

For the life of me, I always find myself realizing that the answer to a certain situation is usually “right under my nose” all along.<p>I’m sure you’ve …

5 Keys to Finding Meaning in Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life can often become cluttered with one to-do list after another, an endless string of tasks needing completion. In all this hustle and bustle, it’s …

Happiness

Why is Asking ‘Why’ Important in Life? | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re a child ‘why’ is a question regularly, from the most obvious of questions to the more complicated. It’s a part of growing up and, …

Outsourcing

How To Be The Hero Of Your Own Story! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Many of us watch movies as a form of escapism. For 2 hours we are transported into another world and into a life that is often more exciting than our …

Motivation

5 Signs You're Not Following Your Heart (And How to Fix Them) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

At one point in life, everyone dreamed. We all had grand ideas of what we wanted to do with our lives. But as we grow, life slowly starts to drain …

Outsourcing

The Importance of 'Sexuality Awareness' For Self Improvement: Part 2 | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

In my last post I attempted to enrich PTB posts that aid our understanding of living healthily in the present by outlining the importance of …

Outsourcing

5 Ways to Be Yourself! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.<br>Ralph Waldo Emerson<p>These days, the …

Motivation

The Top 10 Ways To Stop Your Personal Insanity | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Do you ever feel like you’re in over your head and at any moment you’re going to burst? You’re not alone. As humans, we overthink, overanalyze and …

Los Angeles

10 Reasons Travel Can Change Your Life Forever | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Traveling the world, can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling activities. You’ll get to experience so many things, get out of your comfort …

Why True Self-Love Is Your Most Important Mission And How It Will Change Your Life Forever

Why is self-love so important? And anyway, is it really that important? Well, let’s see… but first, we should take a closer look and try to …

Happiness

How to Consistently be a Calm Person Even if The Going Gets Tough | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How to be a calm person<p><i>There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.</i><i><br>– Willia Cather</i><p><i></i>We have all been through times that have been …

Mindfulness

8 Tips To Become A Better Listener | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply” Stephen Covey.</b><p>If you’ve spent your life talking over …

4 Steps to Reclaim Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

It is ridiculously easy to forfeit control of your life. Whether you give your power away to friends, family, a job, depression, or any other life …

Outsourcing

7 Things Happy People Do Eagerly All The Time | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

For the life of me, whenever I see happy people, I can’t help but think that there’s just something about them.<p>They have this mysterious charisma …

Happiness

Why Emotional Intelligence Is So Important

We already know the answers to life.<p>Health? Eat well and exercise.<p>Success? Work hard and smart.<p>Happiness? Be content with what you have, give more …

Your Skin Is Talking To You: Are You Listening? | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Your skin is a mess and you’ve tried everything. Prescriptions, supplements, peels and oils. But what if something more is at work? What if your skin …

Infantile Sexuality Part 3: Developing Mature Sexuality | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

In my first post I outlined the importance of understanding ‘infantile sexuality’; in my second I pointed to how aspects of love and aggression can …

7 Things You Are Doing That Are Definitely Making You Average | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ve come to realize lately that there is a fine line between being normal, and being average.<p>Being a normal person is good of course. To me, it …

4 Alternatives to Aggressive Behavior That Can Lead to a Better and Happier You | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Why do you always end up resenting making tantrums, sounding like a bitch, losing your patience or blowing your top? Is it because you really were …

3 Secrets to Rewriting Your Past

We each are traveling our own paths, some experience a personal discovery, or revelation, early on in life while others are much later. Sometimes …

Writing

The Top 5 Psychologies of Why We Must Selfie | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

In the last year or so, we have seen a great increase in the selfie – that is, the practice of taking photos of one’s self and posting them on social …

Stick With That New Years Resolution: 5 tips to Help You Stay Motivated To Go to the Gym | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

More than 40% of Americans made resolutions for 2014; however, statistics show that less than 10% of these people will actually achieve their goals. …