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Humans 101

Discontentment begins and ends in your head

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This Is Us

When you forgive, you grow

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Lived Through This

It took healthy love to appreciate the abuse I had excused

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This Is Us

Culture taught me to pursue love, then sex, then marriage — but that formula has never worked for me

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Past Is Prologue

The term went mainstream in the ’80s and ’90s, and it’s carried a stigma ever since

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Humans 101

A guide to saying the quiet part loud

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  • Don’t want to be rejected.
  • Don’t want to upset the other person or damage our relationship with them.
  • Don’t want the conversation to get out of control.
  • Don’t know how to raise a difficult issue skillfully.
  • You suffer because you bottle up unexpressed thoughts and…


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Large text: The Tail of the Trailing Spouse. A sad-looking person stands at the bottom left corner, looking at a trail of footprints that leads to the right corner, where their spouse’s leg is visible mid-step.
Large text: The Tail of the Trailing Spouse. A sad-looking person stands at the bottom left corner, looking at a trail of footprints that leads to the right corner, where their spouse’s leg is visible mid-step.

Exploring the harmful trope of the non-academic partner


This Is Us

The eternal struggle between ‘reward people’ and ‘punishment people’

Shadows of an older person and younger person walking together.
Shadows of an older person and younger person walking together.
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This Is Us

The nod as pandemic salute, time machine, and mystical communication device

Black and white superimposed image of a sculpture of a face.
Black and white superimposed image of a sculpture of a face.
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