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Don't let social anxiety control your life (or your child's) any longer!

Do you avoid potentially enjoyable or even profitable situations because you're uncomfortable relating to people?  Does your child feel self-conscious, left out or lonely?  Do social events scare or intimidate you?  Does your heart ache for your child who dreads school events or parties?  Does this sound like you or a loved one?  You're not alone.  Polls indicate that 40% of people consider themselves shy, but I have great news.  You may not be shy at all! Everyone has something to say, something that only they can share, something others really need to hear. Don't let shyness keep you from it!   Most people believe that you are born shy and there is nothing you can do about it.  HOGWASH!  And I'm...

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Exaggeration Leaves Our Words Powerless

I touched on this briefly in my post a couple weeks ago, Communication Lessons from Fairy Tales, but here is a more in depth look at this phenomenon. Words like awesome, fabulous, I’m STARVING, DEAD TIRED… everyone says them, but most don’t truly mean them.  Are we desensitized to them so much now that these words don’t mean anything anymore? When someone with thyroid disease or fibro says I’m exhausted.  Most think tired. When someone is truly in pain and says it’s excruciating.  Most think it hurts. When someone is clinically depressed or has had a death in the family and says depressed, most think sad. What's the danger in this? 1. Using inflammatory words too often will give the impression...

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