Everyone Needs to Feel Validated

I believe the need to feel validated is a part of our survival instincts that have been deeply ingrained in us since time began.  Feeling that we matter and that we are valuable gave us assurance that others would think of us and help our very survival.  In fact, this emotional need is so critical to our overall health and wellbeing that when this need is not met early in life, there is a huge risk of personality, mental, and emotional disorders, such as Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and other stress related illnesses and neurosis.  Adults react strongly as well and...more

Remembering Manners

I always thought I was polite and even get accused of being "prim and proper". How you can sit around talking sex all day and remain prim and proper is beyond me, but I've heard it more than once. I recently went through one of those life changing moments though where all I could think of is how not prim and proper I am.  Not only that, upon reflection of a simple five minute phone call, I realize that I'm on the verge of becoming a complete barbarian!...more