opening up

Opening Up

I have been going through two stressful life events in the last two months. There was a lot anger that these events were occurring; anger because I did not have much influence over the outcome of either situation. I could play a role, be active in making the situations slightly better, but nothing could be…

Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing?

My mom used to say “everything in moderation” and in my younger years, I used to counter with “you can never have too much of a good thing”. I may have warmed a little to her concept of moderation after I consumed too much Halloween candy or experienced the boredom of too many summer days…

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2016 EAP Blogs: An Appreciation and Looking Forward

As we enter a new year, we would like to thank all of the Empathia staff who contributed to our blogs in 2016. It’s greatly appreciated! Here are our wonderful writers’ names and a web link to their various articles: Carol W. – http://www.empathia.com/author/cwilson/ Carrie R. – http://www.empathia.com/author/carrie-reuter/ Chris M. – http://www.empathia.com/author/chris-m/ Heather B. –…

spreading hope

Spreading Hope

It feels like 2016 was filled with more than its fair share of heartbreak, as data released by Google Trends illustrates. The search engine’s top trending global news topics in 2016 were: U.S. election Olympics Brexit Orlando shooting Zika virus Panama papers Nice terrorist attack Brussels terrorist attack Dallas shooting Kumamoto earthquake An acquaintance recently shared that she…

listen both ways

Listen Both Ways

Next time you find yourself at an impasse trying to communicate with someone or you get into another one of those dead-end disagreements with someone with whom you often argue without resolving anything, consider what follows here. Every conversation happens on two levels. First, there is the content level. On this level, you talk about…

Communication and opinions

Fact vs. Opinion

In our household, we used to play a game with our school-aged children called “fact vs. opinion”. It started during meal times, when one child would often pronounce another child’s food choice “disgusting” and inquire how the offending child could possibly eat such a nasty food. This would prompt a full-scale verbal battle, leading us…

Silhouette of a angry woman and man on each other.

Time with Others

I was in a relationship awhile back where we got into the same argument every three to four months. The problem was how much time I spent with others outside the relationship and how well or how poorly I treated my partner once we saw each other again. I did not see a problem; she…

all hail the underdogs

All Hail The Underdog

I have always been a sports fan, thanks in large part to growing up under the influence of my mom. As an only child, she spent her childhood years in New Bedford, Massachusetts, learning to love the local teams under the influence of her fisherman father. One of her most beloved teams was the Boston…