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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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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South Asian Parents: Eleven Tips to Increase Happiness

It is safe to say that parenting is one of the most difficult jobs someone can have in a lifetime. The demands exist around the clock, the appreciation comes years later and the stress of being a good parent can take a toll on physical and emotional health. While most …

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Top 9 Causes of Low Self-Esteem in South Asians

Low self-esteem is the inability to have confidence in your own skills, achievements or personal qualities. It is different from modesty or humility in that people who are modest recognize their talents but are careful not to brag about them. People with low self-esteem tend to not even recognize their …

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South Asian Domestic Violence: Why Don’t Victims Just Leave?

One of the most common questions asked when South Asians hear about an abusive situation is, “Why did the victim stay?” Especially in the case of domestic violence, people can show limited mercy and sympathy for the partner who was abused if he or she did not leave immediately. The …

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South Asian Emotion: Guilt vs. Shame – Part 2

(This is part 2 of a 2-part series on guilt and shame. For part 1, click here.) Guilt and shame are two emotions that we feel from a very young age. Both emotions result in us feeling negatively and are emotions intended to guide our future behavior. While on the …

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