The Problem With Having Too Much Empathy For Others

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Is it possible to have too much empathy for others?

After all, empathy is a good thing, right?

How could there even be such a thing as an empathy disorder?

But, then again, even good things can be overdone.

  • Good food
  • Good coffee/wine
  • Oxygen
  • Fresh fruit
  • Enthusiasm

The DSM-V even classifies hyper-empathy as a characteristic of some personality disorders; having too much empathy for others causes undue suffering and distress and compromises your ability to function in your personal and professional life.

So, what are the signs of being overly empathetic?

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Treat Yourself Kindly With These 31 Self-Care Affirmations

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Most of us need reminders of how valuable it is to make time for self-care.

If you’re here, maybe you need those reminders daily – because someone or something else always needs your attention. 

Early on, the world trains us to put the urgent before the important.

And self-care is just not critical enough—until it is. 

If that sounds familiar, we’ve collected 31 self-care mantras to help you get back on track. 

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Keeping Track Of Your Moods? Try These 15 Free Mood Tracker Printables

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A big part of living more mindfully is practicing awareness of your moods.

It might seem like extra work, but a printable mood tracker can make a huge difference. 

Being mindful of your moods and how they affect you is essential to living the life you want.

And it’s about so much more than checking items off a daily to-do list.

That said, finding the best mood tracker printable for you can be a challenge. 

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13 Science-Backed Reasons It’s Normal To Talk To Yourself

woman in mirror It’s Normal To Talk To Yourself

Is it weird to talk to yourself? You’ve seen the looks. You’ve heard the whispers.

You know some of your coworkers have expressed concern (or annoyance). Are they right to? 

You’re not just saying random one-liners, after all.

You’re having conversations with yourself.

And folks are acting as though you’ve crossed the line from quirky to certifiable. 

The thing is, talking to yourself helps you in ways your critics clearly haven’t discovered yet.

So, how do you sell them on the virtues of “thinking out loud”? 

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7 Ways Your Choices Have Consequences

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How do bad decisions affect your life? Do you look back to a time before a particular decision and wish you could go back and choose differently?

While not all of your choices have negatively impacted your life, you sometimes wonder why a single ill-advised choice should hold so much power. 

Some choices affect more of your life than others.

But every time you face two very different options, your choice is likely to impact one area of your life more than others. 

How does that work? Read on to find out. 

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How To Soul Search: 7 Actions To Discover Your Higher Self

how to do soul searching

You’ve probably heard some things about soul searching and getting in touch with your higher self.

But what does that even mean?

If you have a higher self, that must mean you have a lower self, too.

And it makes sense to get both parts of you working together as a team.

In order to do that, you have to know your whole self. And that means facing personal attributes you’d rather not think about.

Finding yourself generally starts at the bottom and often in the less socially acceptable parts of your personality. No one builds a house by starting on the roof.

There’s an order to these things for a reason.

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What Are The Differences Between Principles Vs. Values?

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What’s the difference between principles and values?

You hear both words thrown around a lot, but not everyone is clear about what either of them are and how they differ. 

Values and principles are both critical to our understanding of human behavior and its consequences. 

And while the two often get confused, they’re not the same.

So, how are they different?

And where do they come from? 

Read on to see why any of this matters. 

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9 Signs of A Shallow Person And How To Not Be Shallow

shallow person

Are you a shallow person — at least some of the time?

Or do you know someone who is?

It’s not a pleasant thought.

None of us want to identify as superficial people, because we all want to believe we’re more enlightened than that — that we’ve evolved beyond superficiality.

Except we haven’t.

We still make shallow assumptions about other people. And we still react to other people’s shallow assumptions about us with insults, sarcasm, or self-righteous anger.

Fortunately, though, there are things we can do to help ourselves become less shallow and more like the people we were made to be.

Even if you’re already considered a “deep person” by your friends and family members (and even if they say the exact opposite about you), you can go deeper and learn to see and appreciate more.

Not only will you be happier for it, but you’ll set a better example for others, too.

Let’s start, though, by spelling out what it means to be shallow in the first place.

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