It’s a dance in which I know all the steps too well. I bump into an old friend or acquaintance and after a moment of polite chitchat the conversation takes a sharp left turn and the tone becomes serious. “How’s Savannah doing?” they’ll ask.
This is where I falter.
I am an ADD knitter. That is to say my preference is to work on many projects simultaneously and ones that I can bang out fast, which explains my love for fingerless gloves. It’s a great portable project that doesn’t consume too much time or money.
Several years ago I did a workshop at Kripalu with Tal Ben-Shahar, an “expert” on happiness. He teaches the largest class at Harvard—1,800 students. (http://www.talbenshahar.com/)
At a staff meeting this week, this Ted Talk by Shawn Achor was shown. Many of the ideas and principles Ben-Shahar advocates are in this video.
Even if you think you can’t watch yet another Ted Talk, I promised this one will inspire you, if not give you a good laugh.
As if a divorce isn’t painful enough, the process can become even more ugly and drawn out when one of the partners is a narcissist. Unlike others who eventually come to terms with their hurt and pain, narcissists are can wreak havoc by continuing to blame their partners and create long, contentious divorce cases and custody battles that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Dr. Karyl McBride, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Denver, specializes in treating clients with dysfunctional family issues. She has also treated many adult children of narcissistic parents in her 30 years of practice. As a follow-up to her book Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing The Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, she recently released Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist and Heal Your Family.
In this installment of “Take 5 Q&A,” Dr. McBride discusses why some people are drawn to a narcissist and the challenges of being involved with one.
For more information about Dr. McBride, go to http://www.willieverbegoodenough.com/