How to Leave an Abusive Relationship for Good

How to Leave an Abusive Relationship for Good

“Why doesn’t she just leave?” That may be the most common question outsiders will ask themselves after hearing about an abusive relationship. Most people have trouble understanding how any woman could put up with cycles of mental and/or physical abuse from her partner and the answer is indeed complicated. One of the most significant reasons women don’t…

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3 Signs it’s Time You Need a Challenge

3 Signs it’s Time You Need a Challenge

You’re making good money. You work hard on your own personal development. You’ve set goals, made a challenge here and there… and reached them – and not without busting your ass along the way, either. You’re doing well and you’re proud of yourself. Life is good, right? Well, sure it is. But it’s when life…

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Why Do Women Put Up With an Abusive Relationship?

Why Do Women Put Up With Abusive Relationships?

Research has shown that, on average, women who are in an abusive relationship will experience physical abuse 100 times per year. Psychological abuse is even more prevalent. From the outside, it’s mind boggling that someone would willingly want to put up with such behavior. However, the psychology behind domestic abuse is very complex. It comes…

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Active Shooter: What Would You Do?

What Would You Do in an Active Shooter Situation?

An unthinkable horror in some parts of the world, active shooter incidents are sadly becoming more and more common in the United States. Cities such as San Bernardino, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas and many others have been targeted in the past. You may have your own theories about why people are compelled to arm themselves and…

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How to Travel Safely: Put Your Awareness in Overdrive

How to Travel Safely: Put Your Awareness in Overdrive

The first thing to keep in mind as a solo female traveler is that you are not at home. You don’t know the city or its neighborhoods when you travel. Some are safe, while others are not. How often do you see tourists studying a map on a street corner, identifiable by their hiking boots…

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Pain is Certain but Suffering is Optional

Pain is Certain but Suffering is Optional

If you live long enough, you’re destined to experience pain of some sort. It could be a shattered relationship, a tragic illness, the loss of a loved one, or the death of a dream. No one gets out of this life unscathed. Pain is an inevitable part of the human condition, but suffering need not…

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Avoid Sexual Assault: Check Your Surroundings

Avoid Sexual Assault: Check Your Surroundings

Recently, while celebrating the new year in Bangalore, India, hundreds of women were groped in the streets in an incident which is now being referred to as a ‘mass molestation.’ During this time, women were kissed, grabbed, fondled and generally harassed in large numbers and without much recourse or support from government officials. When it…

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Telling Your Rape Survival Story to Empower Yourself and Heal

Empower Yourself: Tell Your Rape Survival Story

The desire to tell one’s story is not unique to rape survivors. Unfortunately, telling your rape survival story can bring harm instead of healing. Who you tell, when you tell, and how you tell your story can dramatically affect your psychological recovery from the experience. Calling hotlines Rape survivors, provided that they didn’t need medical…

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How to Spot an Abusive Personality Type

Staying Vigilant: How to Spot an Abusive Personality Type

Let’s be honest, domestic violence is nothing new. In fact, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 3 women will suffer some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Most of the time, one or both of the partners have what is known as an abusive personality. Unfortunately, abusive…

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The Freeze Response in a Time of Distress

The Freeze Response in a Time of Distress: How it Works

We’ve all heard of the flight or fight response to adverse situations. These are the responses governed by our autonomic nervous system: An age-old system part of our brain stem that has helped the human race survive for millennia. Then why is it that, sometimes, when we face a dangerous or traumatic situation, we freeze?…

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