Archive for Adult-Child Issues

further reading – Hacking the Phrase ‘They Did the Best They Could’

So you want to learn more about the Hero’s Journey and Transactional Analysis and a couple other ideas I mentioned? Don’t worry, I’m not telling you what to do (adult children hate being directed), but just saying it’s here, if you should decide to dive deeper (wink, wink). Regarding the phrase “They Did the Best [...]

My Ignite Talk! Hacking the Phrase ‘They Did the Best They Could’

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This was, by far, the scariest thing I have ever done. I practiced my talk nearly twenty times. I had only 5 minutes to convey my story and the slides auto-advanced every 15 seconds (fifteen seconds!) It was scary not only because it was public speaking and it was being video taped, but because I [...]

Notes from my Fiesta Day Talk – Loneliness, 4th Chakra, and Hero’s Journey

Thank you so much for the warm, loving welcome Bernal Heights! Here are some notes from my talk yesterday on Loneliness and Raw Feeling: Definitions of Loneliness Three ways of thinking about Loneliness: Loneliness is being with and within raw feeling. Wikipedia:  ”Complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to lack of companionship or isolation.” 4th Chakra, [...]

On Beginning a New Relationship (When Your Childhood Wasn’t ‘Normal’)

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[Dedicated to N.S. Thanks for asking!] Recently a reader asked me for some thoughts on beginning relationships. I said I’d reply in a post, because there have got to be others asking this same question, right?  Some of these ideas come from a chapter in a book I’m writing (exciting! exciting!) which is based on [...]

Did I Make Reconciliation Possible? …”I Did the Best I Could.”

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I’ve given more thought to the reconciliation of my stepmother.  I think there is more to the story then I originally thought. I think I may have laid the groundwork that made the moment possible — without realizing it. Background: I wrote this post about my stepmother’s reconciliation with me. That one stemmed from an [...]