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Self-esteem, a source of emotional independence

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Anne-France Huret, a psychologist who specialises in family and couple therapy, has some words of advice on making the transition from emotional dependence on the object of your affections (the intense “us” experienced at the start) to emotional independence; the “me / myself / I” which is more fulfilling in the long term. It’s a process with several stages, but working on your self-esteem is the most important of these….

A relationship breaks up … how do you put yourself back together?

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According to Anne-France Huret, a psychologist specialising in couple and family therapy, the process of building yourself up again after a break-up has several stages. Here’s the advice of our psychologist about coping successfully with everything from the emotional shock to putting yourself back together. The emotional shock We experience every separation, however foreseeable it may have been, as a shock because it turns our daily lives upside down. This…

Getting over breaking up: I will survive!

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An intense love turns bad, a relationship which could potentially have worked falls apart, your partner decides to leave you …. whatever the reason for your broken heart, it’s never an easy thing. The expression is depressing enough in itself! You think you’re never going to get over it, and you get yourself into all sorts of states – depression, despair, isolation, flight, etc. People react in many different ways,…

Memory and dependence – when addiction causes amnesia

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Behind many instances of memory loss lie addictions, whether to psychoactive substances, or to technology, or a food-related addiction. All forms of dependence, whether physical or emotional, have an effect on our mental state. Each addiction has its own effect, and some are lot nastier than others… Addiction to psychoactive substances As we said in our article about psychoactive substances, drug addiction has undesirable effects and is particularly harmful to…

Being alone – you can get through it!

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When solitude hurts… It’s well known that “man is by nature a social animal”. This famous maxim is attributed to Aristotle, who seems to have been blind to a huge chunk of reality, because today more and more people complain of loneliness and try to escape it. They have developed defence mechanisms to guarantee that they’re always in company – multiple romances, total submission to a partner, living with their…

Jealousy is not an incurable condition

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Put your hand up, everybody who has never been jealous! At one time or another, each of us has felt jealous of a work colleague, a friend, a brother or a sister, but it’s in romantic relationships that jealousy can build up until it’s obsessive. How can we be sure that the woman or man with whom we share the most intimate moments of our existence really loves us, body…

EMOTIONAL DEPENDENCE: DO I NEED THERAPY?

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Do we really need therapy to detach emotionally from someone? Even if there is no absolute answer, I would like to share my personal opinion. To make a trial, I have seen several psychologists, for a maximum of two sessions each. Some of them helped to some extent, the others really missed the point. I even put the same point to three psychologists, ending up with three different versions of…