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News Flash: It’s Time to Learn to Accept Compliments and Receive Praise ~ This WON’T Make You “Big-Headed” (Promise!)

March 31st, 2015

By Judith Sherven, PhD NABBW’s Associate for Healthy Relationships Hear Yea! Hear Yea! Let it be known across the land: Receiving Praise and Compliments for Your Excellence Does NOT Make You Big-headed! Yet, in a recent workshop “Overcoming the Fear of Being Fabulous: It’s Time To Shatter Your Inner Glass Ceiling” (which my husband Jim Sniechowski, PhD and I present quite often as a career building and leadership boosting opportunity for corporate audiences) predictably some of the main reasons people gave about their difficulty receiving acknowledgment of their excellence were: I’ll... Read More

No Matter Whether You’re Making Personal or Work-Related Resolutions, Judith Scherven, Ph.D., Says the Big Question Remains the Same: “What’s Your 2015 BHAG?”

December 30th, 2014

By Judith Scherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Associate for Healthy Relationships  Here we are at the end of 2014, getting ready for a new year in just a few days. For many people it will be “business as usual.” No point in getting stressed out with ideas of larger success. No point in reaching beyond what’s already working. And no point in ruffling the egos of colleagues or competitors. And that’s just fine, if it’s fine with you. BUT if it’s not, if you want to use this coming year to seriously advance your home life or your career, then here’s a delicious challenge for you: “What’s... Read More

Is Your Son Pulling Away From You? Here Are The Real Reasons He May Be Doing So – Part 2

June 9th, 2014

Is Your Son Pulling Away From You? Here Are The Real Reasons He May Be Doing So – Part 2  By Deanna Brann, Ph.D. NABBW’s In-law Survival Associate In the article I wrote last week, I shared the story of Janice and her son Peter. Janice was struggling with the changes in Peter’s behavior toward her: She was convinced that these changes were the result of Peter’s wife. She was sure her daughter-in-law set these changes in motion because she didn’t want him talking to her. Is this really what is going on? It could be. This does happen. A daughter-in-law can set into motion such... Read More

Is Your Son Pulling Away? Get the Real Reasons He May Be Doing So – Part 1

June 3rd, 2014

Is Your Son Pulling Away? Get the Real Reasons He May Be Doing So – Part 1 By Deanna Brann, Ph.D. NABBW’s In-law Survival Associate With all the strife occurring with the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, where does your son fit into the equation? Does he play a role or is he a victim of circumstance? The next few articles are going to address these specific questions and help shed some light on who he is and the role he plays. As I write in my book, Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law, a son needs to emotionally separate from his... Read More

Are You Guilty of Taking Your Excellence For Granted?

March 18th, 2014

Are You Guilty of Taking Your Excellence For Granted? By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Associate for Healthy Relationships Perhaps… You did well in school with practically no effort. You’ve always been well-liked, even in grammar school. You’ve aced every employment interview you’ve ever had. Your people skills feel like second nature and people have always come to you for help. You receive praise from your manager but it doesn’t mean much because you’ve always been able to perform well. You enjoy your work because using your best skills is a real pleasure so you don’t... Read More

What Inspires Me: Understanding The Anxiety-Depression Swing

February 22nd, 2014

What Inspires Me: Understanding The Anxiety-Depression Swing By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Healthy Relationships Associate When I was early on in my private practice as a clinical psychologist some 30 years ago, I kept noticing how so many of my clients suffered from a pattern of anxiety as they pursued a goal that they desired (their frustration with not achieving the goal was usually the reason they had come to me for help in the first place). Yet, after making some minor progress they would reel back from the anxiety and soon they would fall into a nagging depression. These weren’t... Read More

As It Does Every Year, The Year-End Holiday Season Offers Us An Opportunity to Recognize, and Celebrate The Magic Of Our Cultural and Religious Differences. Why Not Relish It?

December 1st, 2013

As It Does Every Year, The Year-End Holiday Season Offers Us An Opportunity to Recognize and Celebrate The Magic Of Our Cultural and Religious Differences. Why Not Relish It? By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Healthy Relationships Expert The year\’s fourth quarter — the period from October through the first of the next year — is a wonderful time of the year. There are a number of major holidays of course. But more importantly, these events give us a huge opportunity to recognize and celebrate the magic of the global “melting pot” in which we live and work. For example,... Read More

Looking for Something to Do Together? How About Taking Ballroom Dance Lessons! (No Worries About “So You Think You Can Dance?” The Answer Is: “Yes, You Can!”)

November 7th, 2013

Looking for Something to Do Together? How About Taking Ballroom Dance Lessons! (No Worries About “So You Think You Can Dance?” The Answer Is: “Yes, You Can!“) By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Healthy Relationships Expert If hot and sandy activities like swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfboarding are not your thing, but you want the pleasure of moving your body—get out and learn to dance. Even if you already enjoy dancing, like my husband Jim Sniechowski, PhD and I do, that doesn’t mean there isn’t more fun to be had. We do a mean “get down and... Read More

Be Sure to Laugh & Play

September 24th, 2012

12 Secrets To Great Romance For The Rest Of Your Life By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Healthy Relationships Expert Perhaps you\’re in a long-term relationship and the joy is gone. You don\’t want to be with anyone else but you wish it could be more fun, more exciting. Do you miss when you were younger and felt more comfortable being silly and playful as a form of real romance? Did you get married and decide you had to act like “grown-ups” and a lot of the fun went with it? Or have you always thought you needed to be serious in matters of love? Maybe you’re... Read More

12 Secrets To Great Romance For The Rest Of Your Life

June 4th, 2012

12 Secrets To Great Romance For The Rest Of Your Life By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Healthy Relationships Expert You can have The New Intimacy in your life. And, it\’s easier than you think! All you have to do is begin practicing the first of these ten steps. When you feel comfortable, add the next one that attracts you most. Before long you\’ll notice a difference in your confidence, self-respect, your capacity to give and receive love and, of course, the intimacy that makes it all worthwhile. See what magic you create! Step 1: ACCEPT COMPLIMENTS. Do you have trouble accepting... Read More