Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship And What You Can Do

Some relationships, whether they be parent-child, spouse, sibling or friendships, can be emotionally abusive in nature. An emotionally abusive relationship is more than just a collection of emotionally abusive behaviors. In an emotionally abusive relationship, one person consistently controls the other through fear, humiliation, manipulation, fear or shame. There is …

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Supporting Others: Are You Being Helpful or Dismissive?

Seeing a loved one suffering from stress, anxiety, grief or depression can be heartbreaking. It can be difficult to know what to do or how to react. You may wish to fix the situation or take on some of the burden to improve your friend or family member’s mood. It …

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Anger management in children

At a grocery store, an elementary school-aged boy named John asked his mother to buy him chocolate.  When she refused, the boy started hitting her in front of others.  The mother reacted to this by raising her voice and saying, “Yes, go ahead, hit me, hit me!!!” Unfortunately, children hitting …

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South Asian Couples: A Story About Gender Roles

Purva and Ashok were absolutely in love. They were caught up in their romance for the two years they were dating and after Ashok proposed, they became consumed with wedding planning. This left little to no time for either of them to talk about the important issues such as finances, …

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South Asian Marriage: Seven Tips to Prevent Divorce

Divorce is a life-altering and potentially traumatic event. For most couples who get divorced, significant time, energy and heartache were spent before coming to the decision of getting divorced. Most South Asian countries have some of the lowest divorce rates in the world. As men and women are becoming more …

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South Asian Couples: Support Each Other During Times of Stress

Srishti sunk into the sofa and burst into tears. “What happened,” Sapan, her husband, asked. “Who was on the phone?” “It was my mother. My father has cancer,” Srishti said between sobs. Sapan sat beside her and hugged her while she cried. “I can’t believe this is happening. He’s so …

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South Asian Marriage: Blaming Everything On One Spouse

Some couples who have an unhealthy marriage or an invisible divorce blame each other for their marital problems. Yet other couples avoid the problems entirely, choosing to believe there is nothing wrong despite the signs that their marriage is showing unhealthy patterns. A third type of couple, has one spouse …

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Top Five Dating Mistakes

For many South Asians, entering the dating scene is like stepping onto an entirely different planet. Not built into the culture, young South Asians can rarely rely on their parents’ experiences to provide some familiarity or guidance on how to navigate this new stage of life. In addition, dating is …

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