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Strengthening Your Sense of Self

Blog Posts
What is Self-Compassion?
Resolutions or Revolutions?
Emotions aren't bad...or good

What It Means to Live Free
Giving from your Best Yes
Every "yes" is a "no" to something else
Embracing Anger: How to Make Friends with Your Emotions

Other Resources

The Change Triangle tool for emotional health by Hilary Jacobs Hendel. [Blog post]

  • Learning how to recognize emotions as experiences in your body can help you better connect with your needs and your authentic self.

  • Podcasts with Hilary Jacobs Hendel that discuss the reconnecting with your emotions. [Webpage of links to podcasts]

The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown. [YouTube video/TEDtalk]

  • The courage to be imperfect

  • The compassion to treat ourselves kindly

  • Connection through authenticity

Listening to shame by Brené Brown. [YouTube video/TEDtalk]

Friendship and Mental Health [article]. Covers the importance of friendship, how that interacts with family and romantic relationships, different stages of friendship, and how that can fluctuate with major life transitions. 

Understanding your interpersonal strategies [website]

Relationship Therapist vs. Hitch [YouTube video]

A marriage and family therapist explores how relationships develop when we are able to be our authentic selves using humor and this popular movie. This episode works well as a follow-up to Brené Brown, further illustrating that you have to know who you are and know how to be vulnerable with another before you can develop a deeper relationship. (Keep in mind opinions expressed in this video are theirs, and I include it here because of the overall message and the benefit of a few laughs.)

A Word About Online Resources

My hope is to share resources here that are useful. Although I do my best to keep information current, it is possible for links to become outdated or for material to change. A link is not an endorsement of a particular person or organization, nor do I receive any incentives from them.


Keep in mind that these resources are not specific to your situation and therefore are not therapy or a substitute for mental health services. Please consult your therapist, physician, or other professional support for advice that is specific to you, and call your local 24-hour helpline (988) if you are in crisis.

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