and other annoying cliches…

“Everything happens for a reason.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that phrase in the last 30 years, I am fairly certain I’d be a millionaire. To me, it has always felt shallow & almost dismissive. It is anything, BUT comforting. It is not comforting when your mom gets cancerContinue reading “and other annoying cliches…”

How Verbal Abusers Exploit Conversational Norms

By Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.DPsychology Today| January 3, 2022 | Reviewed by Kaja Perina Verbal abusers often vitiate cooperative principles to get their victims down. KEY POINTS • When we conversationally imply something without explicitly saying it, we rely on “violations” of conversational norms.• Verbal abusers sometimes exploit violations of conversational norms for personalContinue reading “How Verbal Abusers Exploit Conversational Norms”

The Power of Speaking Up

There is POWER in SPEAKING UP. Last week, my youngest daughter & I, unfortunately, were witness to a terrible situation between a family just a few feet away from us… as the fight became more volatile, physical and was escalating, my gut and former experience told me what I needed to do. I got upContinue reading “The Power of Speaking Up”