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Who Are You?

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 19, 2020

Part Two of a Six-part Series on Relationship Communication The darkness of the sky felt as if it might swallow the whole of her as she stared out the window that cold winter’s night. Tears streamed down Jena’s face as she replayed the evening’s events in her mind. The same...

Fear Versus Anxiety

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 1, 2019

Do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? If you look in the dictionary or ask most people, these words are often used interchangeably. However, there is an important distinction between them. To understand, let’s consider Janet and Marc. The sun was just beginning to peek through the blinds...

Getting Stuck in Hurt and Isolation

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 6, 2018

When you take the risk of opening up to others and begin to share who you are with someone you learn to trust, you are on your way to emotional wholeness.

Healthy Relationships Mean Becoming Emotionally Healthy Yourself

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 27, 2018

Healthy people are growing people, and people do not grow healthy in isolation.

Finding Courage to Face Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 31, 2017

The source of this pain may be rooted in childhood, meaning you’re so accustomed to feeling this way, you may experience anger, fear, and guilt afresh at dredging up these truths.

How Do You Identify True Friends?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 13, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that the only way to have a friend is to be one. The depth of your character is best gauged by the depth of your friendships.

What is Your Anxiety Script?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 23, 2017

Anxiety has written a script where you play the part of a frazzled, anxious, suspicious, irritable, short-tempered, and easily frustrated person. How do you want to be perceived by the other players on stage? When you take control of your own script, you determine the part you are going to play and then you act accordingly.

What Causes a Negative Image of Yourself?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 7, 2017

Perhaps you have forgotten who you really are. Maybe you've never known. What causes a negative image of yourself? Your life story holds some valuable clues to solving the mystery.

Relationships: The Disorganized Attachment Style

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 30, 2016

A disorganized person is a hodgepodge of responses without a consistent pattern.  If there is a pattern, it is that there is no pattern.  The disorganized person has come to view relationships, often because of the presence of abuse, as a source of both comfort and fear.  As a result,...

Relationships: The Avoidant Attachment Style

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 23, 2016

An avoidant person, when faced with abandonment in any form, determines never again to be placed in such a position of need. The panic and pain of rejection are protested against by burial of those negative feelings. Just as those with ambivalent attachment style tend to cling voraciously to others,...

Relationships: The Ambivalent Attachment Style

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 17, 2016

In a previous post, we discussed the traits of individuals with The Secure Attachment Style.  Now, let's discuss The Ambivalent Attachment Style.  An ambivalent attachment style comes from a childhood in which love and affection are inconsistently given, based on factors the child does not understand.  Love and affection, though...

Relationships: The Secure Attachment Style

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 10, 2016

How do you know if you have a secure attachment style? People who have this attachment style exhibit specific characteristics and personality traits. Here is a list of statements for those with a secure attachment style.

Dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 31, 2016

There's a reason why this anxiety disorder is characterized by the word generalized.  In short, people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) worry about everything in general.  With a start, Mike realized he'd almost missed getting off at his stop.  He'd been going over in his mind everything he'd done the...

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