One difference between Eastern Europeans and Americans is their bluntness (and strength). Often seen as offensive, their perspective of disingenuous courteous banter as a waste of time, whereas Americans chatter nonstop about superficial topics. Why is there such a difference? And, how does this benefit them?
You Don’t Have to Explain Yourself
Do you have the tendency to overexplain? How old do you feel when this happens? If you find yourself always telling others what you are doing and why in order to seek validation, stop it. Here's why.
The Downside of Relationships: Projection, Gaslighting, and Sick Family Systems
In dysfunctional family systems, rarely do those members want to hear your truth. And, if it is a distressful situation, they might outright refuse to consider anything you say. Often people in this situation will begin to doubt their own reality, their feelings, and accept responsibility for the actions or feelings of others. What do you do when you express your feelings, concerns, or witnessed truths to others and they tell you you are crazy? Welcome to gaslighting. You are not the only one.
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