How To Cultivate and Promote Respect in Intimate Relationships

Respecting yourself and others in your intimate relationships means that while you strive to express your feelings and opinions, you won’t clobber your partner (or loved ones) with them. Honesty is the truth with respect. Being willing to admit when you’ve made a...

The Truth About No: Receiving “No” Doesn’t Mean You’ve Done Something Wrong

Here’s an all too common scenario: Person A goes on a date with Person B. Person A thinks they came across well and that they both had a good time. Despite seemingly positive signals on the date(s), Person B says they’re not interested in further dates. Or maybe they...

Taking Things Personally: What Is It, and How Do We Stop?

Since I started writing Baggage Reclaim, I’ve become increasingly mindful of where I tend to take things personally. These instances always point back at old hurts and narratives that I need to confront in some way. Of course, I’m not alone in taking things...

Getting to Know Romantic Partners Doesn’t Have to Be Taken So Personally

A significant factor in why people struggle with disappointment about dating and new relationships is mistakenly believing, on some level, that the aim of dating is to impress the person into being who we want them to be. Yes, that would be people pleasing....

Healthy Work Boundaries Stop You From Taking Challenges Too Personally

Whether as an employee or business owner, I’ve been guilty of taking work challenges and setbacks too personally. As a recovering people pleaser, perfectionist and overthinker, I’d learned to associate being good and how much I tried with what I believed...