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    You’re a growth-oriented person. You look for opportunities to develop skills in all areas of your life – spiritual, emotional, and physical. You’re conscious of making the right choices and showing for […]

    Finding Forgiveness This Rosh Hashanah

    You’re a growth-oriented person. You look for opportunities to develop skills in all areas of your life - spiritual, emotional, and physical. You’re conscious of making the right choices and showing forgiveness to those around you. When you stop...

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  • Reparenting yourself means filling in the emotional gaps that occurred in your early life by giving yourself what you didn’t receive as a child.

    Looking back at your childhood, you recall times when you didn’t get the type of nurturing you needed. Some children suffer significant deprivation, others less so, while others have had goo…Read More

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    Learning how to break free from perfectionism & shame can be daunting, but with practice, it’s possible to transform these painful feelings into self-growth and self-actualization.

    The teacher meant well but […]

    How to Break Free From Perfectionism & Shame

    Learning how to break free from perfectionism & shame can be daunting, but with practice, it's possible to transform these painful feelings into self-growth and self-actualization. The teacher meant well but she taught us a harmful lesson. Ms. Stern* took...

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  • Trying is Lying

    When I hear someone say they are going to try,
    I hear them saying something else.
    I hear them saying that they won’t.

    I’ll try says, I want it to sound like I will.
    I’ll try says, I’m uncomfortable saying no.

    When you don’t want something, you try.
    When you want something, you do something.

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    Do you feel anxious and experience dark moments? You know the ones I’m talking about – those moments when you feel hopelessly alone and believe that there is something inherently wrong with you. Do you have a sen […]

    Childhood Trauma: When Childhood Hurts

    Do you feel anxious and experience dark moments? You know the ones I’m talking about – those moments when you feel hopelessly alone and believe that there is something inherently wrong with you. Do you have a sensation in...

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    • I’m waiting till this concept of mental illness being a sole result of developmental trauma is no longer the flavor of the month.
      As much as it might be true to an extent, it takes into no account most sane and serious theories til now. It is damaging in terms of diagnosis and treatment and is entirely irresponsible.
      I can’t wait until it is chucked into the what were we thinking? bin.

    • I had many childhood traumas from my mother who was not emotionally well for many years until she agreed to receive professional help. This article was extremely helpful and validating and gave me a clearer understanding about my traumas, going to therapy for myself, and helping myself get the needs of mine that we never met as a child. Thank you Michelle for this article!

    • This article so clearly encapsulates emotional neglect.
      This is the most validating article I’ve read on the topic (and I’ve read many!), both in regard to how it feels on a daily basis — this hollow, empty vortex that seems to engulf me — and also how painful the therapy can be.
      I will come back to read it every time I need encouragement that keeping at therapy and doing this painful work is worth it. Thank you for normalizing this attachment that I sometimes just want to do away.

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    Self-esteem.

    Is it something you can foster in your children or is self-esteem elusive and capricious, granted to some while others flounder in a haze of insecurity and self-doubt? Here’s the good news, you can […]

    3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

    Self-esteem. Is it something you can foster in your children or is self-esteem elusive and capricious, granted to some while others flounder in a haze of insecurity and self-doubt? Here’s the good news, you can shape your child’s sense of self so...

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    • Wow! What a beautiful article and a wealth of information!! I have to say that I’m somewhat jealous of the children whose parents facilitate healthy self esteem in them. How fortunate and lucky they are to feel secure, comfortable and happy with themselves! I’m not implying that I’m totally unhappy, but I would do well if my inner critic wasn’t so harsh. After all, like you said, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I guess I time. I am working on using self compassion in therapy.

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    I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. This year I will not be observing Yom Hashoah. I didn’t observe it last year, or the year before. That’s because for children of Holocaust survivors, every single day is […]

    Yom Hashoah: Why I Won't Observe it This Year

    I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. This year I will not be observing Yom Hashoah. I didn’t observe it last year, or the year before. That’s because for children of Holocaust survivors, every single day is Yom...

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    • Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating and unique perspective on the impact that Yom Hashoa has on you and your family. I can’t imagine what dealing with these feelings must be like for you or your father, but I am encouraged and impressed by your path to growth and further moving past this trauma.

    • Sally,
      Your words are very meaningful. There will be a gathering of second generation survivors this Sunday, June 23rd at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. 2Gs will come together and discuss their personal experiences growing up a children of survivors.

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