Addiction: What To Do If You Love An Addict

By Nicole Urdang | April 4, 2009
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Realism is a crucial concept when it comes to recovery from addiction.  AA understands this so well that when someone slips (resumes their addictive behavior) they assume the best; namely, that he or she will get back in the saddle and regain their sobriety. All addictions are the same, in that they are obsessive-compulsive disorders. […]

Betrayal As A Path To Personal Evolution and Growth

By Nicole Urdang | January 5, 2009
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No matter how old you are there is still a little child inside you.  He or she craves truth and fairness.  Who hasn’t heard the lament “That’s not fair!” yelled in a playground or schoolroom?  Craving truth seems to be innate.  That’s why betrayal, whose coin of the realm is lying, goes against our grain […]

Betrayal: Understanding It and Starting To Heal

By Nicole Urdang | December 13, 2008
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The greater the love and loyalty, the involvement and commitment, the greater the betrayal. James Hillman Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott Secrets, lies, cheating.  They’re all forms of betrayal, and they all destroy trust. As a therapist I have seen my share of emotional […]

Emotional vs. Physical Abuse

By Nicole Urdang | November 15, 2008
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We have a two-tired system for the treatment of emotional and physical abuse.  If someone beats you up everyone is sympathetic and rushes to your side.  On the other hand, if someone emotionally abuses you people steer clear. They may even suggest you put it behind you, forget about it, get over it, or forgive […]

The Road To Hell…

By Nicole Urdang | November 2, 2008
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  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Whenever you are going through something particularly taxing, you can be sure everyone will have an opinion.  And, they have to share it.  People come from all sorts of emotional and psychological places, so remember to take what they say with a pound of salt. […]

4 Quick Ways to Keep Conflicts from Escalating

By Nicole Urdang | October 22, 2008
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Have you ever noticed how threatened you can feel when someone doesn’t agree with you?  Over-identification with your thoughts is the culprit. Believing you are your opinions when, in reality, you are far more. Why is it so crucial for our intimates agree with us?  Is it all ego?  Must we prove we’re right to […]