Shifting My Thinking on the Journey to Overcoming Emotional Damage

I had to learn to shift my thinking in this process of overcoming the damage caused by emotional abuse. There were a few rather large shifts that I had to make in order to make progress and there was a process to shifting my thinking! It didn’t just happen overnight.  Instead of trying to understand … Continue reading "Shifting My Thinking on the Journey to Overcoming Emotional Damage"

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When Acceptance is NOT the Answer

Recently there was a discussion about “Acceptance” here in the Emerging from Broken website. People were expressing difficulty with having been constantly told to “accept others” for the way they are.  This directive always seems to be issued when someone is expressing difficulties with having been devalued, discounted and mistreated.  I have come to realize … Continue reading "When Acceptance is NOT the Answer"

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Mom and Grandma had a Dysfunctional Mother Daughter Relationship

From Surviving to Thriving Through  the comments discussion on my recent post “My Value and Learning to Love MY Self” here on Emerging from Broken, Lynda recently asked me the following question and since it is such a popular question I thought I would answer it in a post all its own.  Lynda says: Darlene, … Continue reading "Mom and Grandma had a Dysfunctional Mother Daughter Relationship"

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Rebuilding my Relationship with Me ~ Recovering from Dysfunctional

emotional healing from dysfunctional family Sometimes I feel as though I can never go back far enough in order to tell you how I got myself out of the emotional mess that I was in. Today I have been thinking about some of the questions that I began to ask myself in the process of … Continue reading "Rebuilding my Relationship with Me ~ Recovering from Dysfunctional"

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Demonstrating Appreciation in Relationships

“The best way to keep relationships happy, healthy, and supportive can be summed up in one word: appreciation. What you appreciate, appreciates. When we demonstrate our appreciation for the support we receive from others, it reinforces that behaviour and deepens our connection to them.”   Marci Shimoff This is a beautiful quote. I tried to live … Continue reading "Demonstrating Appreciation in Relationships"

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