Psychology

Is any personality not disordered?

Clinical psychologists demarcate 10 personality types as personality disorders. These are long-standing patterns of relating that cause impairment in one’s relationship to oneself and others. Each consists of a set of features, and when someone has a certain number of features, then they are said to have the disorder. To my knowledge, I’ve never been diagnosed with a personality disorder,…

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Psychology, Spiritual Journey

Why is it so hard to leave? When it’s more authentic to leave than to stay

Again and again, I find myself in situations that feel off for some reason, or I simply know that it’s time to go. I stayed, I received, I gave, I learned, I enjoyed (maybe or maybe not). The subtle buzzer went off. The interaction reached completion. It’s the same type of signal like hunger satiety. I’m full. I’ve had enough.…

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Psychology, Spiritual Journey

Emotional Availability: Presence and Openness in the Heartspace

Emotional availability is the extent to which an individual can receive and share heart-based connection with others. This idea has been a theme of my growth for the past year, and has helped me discern which relationships are serving me and which require adjustment to be healthier and more expansive. Emotional availability is a spectrum along which individuals vary greatly,…

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