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How to Be Assertive
Are you good at giving reasonable, balanced but powerful responses to conflict? Assertiveness requires a complex mixture of five skills. See examples of the passive, aggressive, and assertive responses to the same difficult situation. And learn how to teach yourself the five skills of assertiveness.

How to Cope With Intense Emotions
We human beings struggle with many things. Life brings us problems, conflicts and complex situations. However, one of the most difficult things for many people to cope with in their lives is their own emotions. Here are some ideas for coping with your intense feelings in a healthy and adaptive way.

People Don't Change
I often hear, "People don't change" thrown around as if it's an established truth. But is it? What are the elements of change and how do they work? Can an angry man improve his temper? Can an anxious woman learn to manage her anxiety and take control of it? Here are the Five Elements of Change.

Soothe Yourself
There is one major life skill which is seldom talked about: self-soothing. People mostly assume that it's automatic. But actually it is not. We learn how to sooth ourselves from our own parents, in childhood. Or we can teach ourselves as adults. Here's how.

Subtle but Powerful Childhood Emotional Neglect
Childhood Emotional Neglect is like the white space in the family picture. No one notices it or remembers it. Yet it quietly saps the joy from the adult lives of legions of people. Here's what it is, why it's so invisible, and why it has so much power in our adult lives.

Take the Emotional Neglect Questionnaire
What is Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)? Since it is so invisible and unmemorable, how can you know if you have it? Take the Emotional Neglect Questionnaire, and find out if your parents responded enough to your emotional needs as they raised you.

Ten Rules For Fixing Your Sleep Problems
Do you burn the candle at both ends? Lay awake at night tossing and turning? One study after another proves that healthy sleep is vital for maximal brain function and general health. Read here about the Ten Rules which, if followed, can fix most sleep problems.

The Best Gift For Your Valentine is A Good Fight
Do you hate to argue? Do you and your spouse avoid conflict? If so, you may be missing out on the best way to keep your relationship passionate. A healthy fight, done right, will leave you feeling closer and more passionate. Learn the skills that are necessary to fight right.

The Five Skills of Assertiveness
Ever wonder why it's so hard to be assertive? Most people respond to conflict with either too much anger (too aggressive) or not enough (too passive). How do you get it just right? Here are the five skills that are necessary for effective assertiveness.

The Value of Self-Talk
Of all of the possible coping skills, self-talk is the most versatile. It's helpful in almost any high-pressure or difficult situation. It's simple to learn and use. And since it's your own internal voice inside your own head, it goes everywhere you go so it's always available.

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