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All These Fears Will Be For Your Good – Facing the Fear Trap

True or false? You only use 10 percent of your brain? Albert Einstein was a lousy student, and look how he turned out! Positive affirmations will lead you to self-love and happiness. To get the answers, you’ll need to listen to this episode, but (spoiler alert) we are often building meaning and judging ourselves based …

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Narcissistic Family Systems – Introducing The Scapegoat

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve…holidays take on an entirely different meaning in a narcissistic family system. Trauma expert Shannon Thomas said it best “In healthy families, you’re just yourself – your name, your talents, your strengths, and weaknesses. You’re the person. But in a narcissistic family, things are different. Everybody has to find somewhere to …

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Why Opposites Don’t Attract PLUS Tony’s New Parenting Course is Part of Nate Bagley’s Relationship Mastery Pack!

Tony shares why opposites don’t attract in the long run and why ultimately we like people who are more similar to us. PLUS Nate Bagley, relationship researcher and host of the Growth Marriage podcast, comes on to talk about his incredible Relationship Mastery Pack https://www.epicmarriageclub.com/a/2147499720/h3Cn8yaE Get thousands of dollars in relationship tools for one special …

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Hold On To Your Hippocampus – The Impact of Narcissistic Abuse on the Brain

A growing body of research now shows how long-term narcissistic abuse affects the hippocampus and the amygdala of the brain, areas that regulate memory and control emotion. And while someone may not be your classic, malicious or malignant narcissist (there are several sub-types of narcissism), even someone with narcissistic tendencies, traits, or “dustings” can do …

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Why We Care What Others Think – The Need for External Validation

Tony explores why where the need for external validation comes from. Why do we care what others think? And why the need for external validation is the opposite thing to do for self-confidence and to feel connected to others. With the continuing “sheltering” rules spreading across the country, PLEASE do not think you can’t continue …

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Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? Understanding the Black or White, All or Nothing Thinking of the Narcissist

People in relationships with narcissists often find themselves in a constant state of “reading the room” or “walking on eggshells” in hopes of navigating the large number of hidden, emotional landmines. But one wrong step and a landmine explodes, leaving a trail of destruction to the self-esteem of the narcissist’s victims. Today Tony sheds light …

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Now It Makes More Sense! How Context Creates Connected Conversations

Each of us is a unique mixture of life experiences, and we bring all of those experiences into our conversations with others. In today’s episode, Tony explores the role of context in conversations. Tony shares an example of how one word can dramatically change the meaning of an entire paragraph from the book “On Being …

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Setting Boundaries w/the Narcissist

Tony Overbay LMFT shares an example of gaslighting that led to setting a healthy boundary. Tony then tackles the topic of boundaries. What are healthy boundaries, and why are they so difficult to enforce? Tony refers to Kier Brady LMFT’s article “5 Type of Boundaries For Your Relationship,” http://www.keirbradycounseling.com/relationship-boundaries/ as well as Dr. Robert Glover’s …

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Am I the Narcissist? Exploring Narcissistic Traits and Tendencies (from the Waking Up to Narcissism podcast)

Tony introduces his latest podcast, “Waking Up to Narcissism.” In this crossover episode, Tony shares that narcissistic tendencies or traits can come in many different forms and levels of severity. At the same time, as a mental health condition, there is currently only one diagnosis. Tony tackles the question of whether or not we use …

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Hey, I Love The Way You’re Reading The Title of This Episode – Why We Need More Compliments in Our Lives

Are compliments ever a bad thing? And how important is the delivery of a compliment? Are people genuinely going over your compliments with a spell checker and thesaurus taking offense to the improper use of has, have, or had? Today Tony tackles the topic of compliments and why it would do us all good to …

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