Lonely Journey: My Struggle to Cope with My Son’s Bipolar Diagnosis April 28, 2017 . 7 Comments
In August of 2014, in the middle of the night, a phone call came: My son was unresponsive and was being transferred to the hospital. I remember the 30-minute drive to the hospital, trying ... Read More
The Blameless Burden: Scapegoating in Dysfunctional Families January 30, 2017 . 93 Comments
In biblical lore, Aaron selected a goat on behalf of the entire tribe, cast upon it the sins of all members, and then banished it alone to the wild. The members of the tribe were then at ... Read More
Help! I Can’t Seem to Forgive Myself for How I Treated My Ex January 22, 2016 . 9 Comments
Your very sad story is touching. You’re worried that you’ve wasted four years of your life and clearly miss the man who was your partner, and you long for the good times you spent together. ... Read More
Should I Tell My Wife about an Affair That Ended Long Ago? August 21, 2015 . 9 Comments
Thank you for your question. It does indeed sound as though the vice-like grip of guilt has taken hold. Painful, indeed. As Pete Campbell from Mad Men said in the show’s final season ... Read More
I Feel So Guilty about Leaving My Husband, but Leave I Must July 31, 2015 . 4 Comments
Thank you for your honesty in describing what sounds like an unbearably painful situation. Alcoholism and addiction basically put both the addicted person and his or her loved ones in an ... Read More
Saying I’m Sorry: 3 Steps to a Genuine and Heartfelt Apology June 3, 2015 . 9 Comments
We ask acts of contrition from our children as though saying “I’m sorry” is as simple as saying “please” or “thank you.” We are right to teach this skill early in life. Apologies ... Read More
Is It Friendship If You Have Nothing in Common Anymore? February 27, 2015 . 10 Comments
Thanks for your question. I guess the simple and perhaps even smart-alecky answer would be, “Don’t talk about politics and stick to sports!” I have very good friends who disagree ... Read More
Mom’s Leaving Me with Hurt, Guilt, Resentment, and Anger February 20, 2015 . 7 Comments
First, I want to tell you that you are absolutely entitled to all of your feelings—even the ones that seem to contradict each other. Relationships are very complex; there is room for ... Read More
When Caring for an Ailing Parent Raises Internal Conflict July 17, 2014 . 8 Comments
A newspaper article recently described how a woman with a seriously ill mother quit her job, drained her savings, and devoted herself to her mother’s care. With no apparent conflict, ... Read More
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