Facts You Didn’t Know About Premarital Cohabitation

illuminationcc/ February 8, 2021

Relationship trends are constantly changing as couples realize that perhaps some of the norms and rules their parents lived by don’t apply to them – or might even harm them. Research shows that in recent years, more couples live together than ever get married. That’s a total reverse of previous generations, in which more couples got married than lived together before marriage.

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Ways Your Brain Plays Tricks On You After A Breakup

illuminationcc/ January 19, 2021

Everything looks better in the rearview mirror If you’ve felt that the moment you ended a tumultuous relationship, you lost connection with the bad feelings that sent you out the door and suddenly only recalled the good stuff, that’s common, according to Matthews. “People tend to have on rose-colored glasses when it comes to looking at the tough stuff in the

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How Life Changes When You Become Less Judgmental

illuminationcc/ December 11, 2020

To judge means to form a conclusion about something. A conclusion. That’s very final. Perhaps that’s why court judges are called judges – what they say goes and that’s that. But most humans don’t make a judgment with as much evidence presented to them as a court judge receives (and even they are typically only getting part of the story).

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Why Fear Shouldn’t Hold You Back From Chasing Your Dreams

illuminationcc/ December 7, 2020

Most of our fears aren’t grounded in reality. “We all, of course, experience fear, however, most of the fears we experience are quite irrational.  These non-life-threatening fears show up to protect our ego from harm.  The fear of rejection, failure, criticism, and success all originate from within our own imaginations and are designed to keep you from setting and achieving goals.”

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The Party Must Go On!

illuminationcc/ March 28, 2020

As a licensed therapist working with youth, I have seen a lot of anxiety from parents and kids about planned parties, graduations, and events that will be disrupted because of COVID-19.   However, technology and creativity can aid in providing families peace and fun during this time of crisis.  Here are tips to keep the party going. . 1.  Bonding

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13 Habits That Show Your Partner May Be Emotionally Neglecting You

illuminationcc/ February 1, 2019

While all relationships go through ups and downs, if your partner has certain ongoing habits that leave you feeling ignored, misunderstood, or alone, it may be a sign they’re emotionally neglecting you. And since it can quickly turn toxic, that’s not a situation you’ll want to ignore… Read more here. (Latasha Matthews, LPC, contributing author.)

5 Tips To Help You Get Past Your Winter Blues With Depression And Anxiety

illuminationcc/ January 27, 2019

Winter can be a tough time for people who deal with depression and anxiety. From decreased sunlight, colder temperatures, and the bleakness of the outdoors, this can make anyone feel a little more down than normal. However, people with specific mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, may react to this time of year with a stronger response than most.

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10 signs the person you’re dating wants to keep things casual

illuminationcc/ January 22, 2019

When you meet someone new, it can sometimes be tough to know what sort of relationship that other person is interested in. Knowing if they’re interested in keeping things casual or want something more long-term can help you figure out if you align on this particular issue. But sometimes people aren’t always upfront about what they want. We rounded up

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7 Tips for Dialing Down the Toxicity in Your Life

illuminationcc/ January 19, 2019

If you thought that the biggest word of 2018 was “extra” or “woke,” we’re about to rock your world. The real number-one word of the year? Toxic, at least according to the Oxford English Dictionary. And whether you use it to describe friendships, the way we treat the environment, or your relationship with the news, it probably crops up in your own life.

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