Oftentimes, the small talk gets to be a bit old when we're wanting to get to the core of a person right off the bat. Generic questions tend to lead to generic, predictable responses. Mix things up a bit with this list.
Do you feel guilty when you say "No" to someone? Do you say "Yes" to things you don't want to do because you don't want to let someone down? These tips on saying "No" without feeling guilty can help.
The narcissist can be an elusive creature to pin down, yet most of us know a few of these people. This article is to help you recognise when you've entered the orbit of a narcissist!
Undermining can be very subtle and sometimes hard to spot at first, but if you are being targeted, you will soon start to see a pattern.
Storing these words and quotes in your memory will guarantee that they resurface in your thoughts and speech right when you need them. Consider using them for personal as well as group benefits.
Remembering names is a an important social skill. But a lot of people are lousy at it. Luckily, you can learn how to remember names and make a good impression.
Understanding how and when to lie is a frequently neglected aspect of communication. To help you improve your ability to lie effectively, here are 3 essential rules.
Being assertive doesn't mean learning to say "no". It means learning how to have your own needs met without being aggressive.
We've all met them. Everyone I've talked to knows someone who seemed great to begin with but turned out to be a drain. You find that you spend time supporting them but they don't give any support back. You want to end a conversation so you can...
Whether you are at a party, boardroom meeting, school classrooms or your college campus, here are tips and non-offensive ways to get out of unwanted conversations.
First, each woman empowers herself then reaches out for association with like-minded friends. They establish a group image which highlights these six supportive habits including respect for womanhood.
Hatred. Disappointment. Rejection. Sadness. Anger. Trauma. Distress. Envy. Weakness. Defeat. Giving up. Revenge. Depression. Let down. Annoyed. Are you dealing with any of these feelings and emotions simply because someone is talking behind you back? It is time you stop. Here's a very helpful and no-nonsense insight into why people talk behind your back and what you can do about it.
If you start sentences with "look," offer to "educate" someone, or describe everything as "amazing," you're getting under someone's skin. Find out what ubiquitous words are most annoying and why.
Those who engage in mind games use popular social networks to target the unsuspecting. This article discusses common scenarios and how to spot if someone is trying to undermine you.
Does it bother you that you care so much about what people think of you? Is it holding you back from making some bold decisions in your life? Here is how to get rid of this mental block.
Description of what assertiveness is, explanation of how assertiveness is helpful, and examples of using "I" statements to improve assertiveness. Assertiveness tips are also included.
Boundaries are safety zones we place around ourselves and family. They let us form healthy relationships and permit others to understand how they should behave.
When faced with the challenge of new faces in a new place, new military folk can cope better by just talking it out for entertainment.
To many people, etiquette is nothing more than the art of trying to catch someone using the incorrect fork at a dinner party. They are mistaken, however, as etiquette has served as a code of social behavior for centuries, and a very useful one, at...
Anger is a powerful emotion that, if uncontrolled, it could lead our lives and cause chaos and destruction in our relations with others. Learn to control it by following these tips.
Women happily log in to their social media accounts only to find a tsunami of their girlfriends looking beautiful, having fun, saving the world, and making perfect meals.
Maybe you’re meeting your future spouse, or perhaps a future best friend — no matter what the case is, getting to know you questions are a great way to start the conversation with someone new!
Regularly practicing the tips given below will arm you with the wit, sarcasm and everything that else that you need to learn how to develop a good sense of humor and use it to make someone laugh.
Self-centered people are easy to spot by the behaviors they exhibit. Whether they are complaining, speeding, criticizing, or talking about themselves, they never fail to annoy the people around them.
Learn how to recognize which life problems are yours and which belong to others so that you can keep the relationships you have.
Learn how to show your appreciation to people in a way that suits the occasion and avoids awkward situations.
The unfriendly woman describes herself as "shy", "not talkative", or "busy" depending on the occasion. Husband defends her with “She’s real sweet when you get to know her.” Do we want to know her?
Why hide emotions? Well the answer is quite simple. There are situations when emotions and thoughts are best kept hidden than displayed in front of people who may ridicule, mock, make fun of or even take advantage of your feelings. As usual, let's stay away from cliché words of advice like controlling temper, laughing it out and staying calm. This article pin points the very acts and precise things you can do to hide and control your emotions. Don't let anyone know what you are thinking about.
Assertive communication can revolutionize your interactions with others, help you set boundaries, and lower your stress levels. Communicating assertively takes understanding and practice. Examples of assertiveness follow.
A brief article on how I personally dealt with downgrading I received from some malicious family members.
Boundaries are walls we put up not out of fear, but out of necessity. Boundaries help us take back control of our lives and find our own path to happiness. Learn how to set boundaries in your life.
I've written this article to highlight the qualities in other people that I most admire. Nobody is perfect, myself included (!) but just how fussy are we when it comes to liking others? If, for instance, they swore like a trooper - would it put...
What does it mean to be a good listener? Do you struggle connecting truthfully and deeply with others? This article is all about how you can improve in these areas.
50 deep questions and my answers to them. Great for inspiration or conversation starting. Use them on first dates, for getting to know coworkers, family reunions, and writing.
We may know the truth, but we need white lies to have something to live by, because without them life would just lose its meaning--- even "meaning" being a part of that white lying.
Written for those with empathic tendencies - guidance on when to hold on, when to let go, and how to loosen your grip so that love can flourish.
Ouch. This can either be a huge problem, because your spouse is very, very close to his or her family and you just can't stand them, or a really huge problem because your in-laws are genuinely awful people and both of you would rather have root...
Shyness spoils many days that should be fun, exciting and/or romantic. If your Valentine's Days, birthdays, or even ordinary days are spoiled by shyness, here's some 'shyness remedies' to help you.
Did you know there's such a thing as over communicating? How about under communicating? It turns out that each communication style has symptoms and consequences and I'm here to help you identify them.
Learn 5 things you can do to help your high-functioning autistic friends or family members feel accepted rather than just tolerated. Learn how people with Aspergers must accommodate other people.
Saying "I'm wrong" and "I'm sorry" stinks, but it's sometimes necessary. Most of us really blow it when it comes to apologizing. Find out ways to make amends that really matter.
A young woman wrote in: "This girl is jealous of me. What can I do?" How to deal with jealous women, being picked on, and envy
After taking a summer break from writing, I've returned with some interesting lessons learned and a better understanding of who I am.
In this culture of instant everything, people are impatient! People get all upset when their calls and texts aren't answered instantly. Consider these reasons why!
Malignant narcissists are dangerous people who will destroy your health, your livelihood and your other relationships.
How to hug a girl? For a guy who is shy or a complete introvert, the thought of hugging a girl can make him nervous. Even the most casual forms of physical intimacy can become awkward for someone who is not too comfortable with the opposite sex. From cute and friendly hugs to warm and romantic ones - this post gives tips on how a guy can ease himself into becoming comfortable with hugging a girl whether she is a friend, crush or his first girlfriend.
The steps to being popular as an adult are different than those for a teenager. Here are several simple ways to show people that you are the caring individual that they have always wanted to befriend.
We've all been there--those situations when a silly argument turns into a full-bown battle of the sexes. But it doesn't have to be that way. Communication can be affected or hindered because of the different ways men and women...
Good deeds are very powerful, not only for the giver and the recipient of the favor, but also for society as a whole. This list explains the many benefits of performing good deeds, random acts of kindness and other types of generous favors.
Conversation is one of the most underappreciated skills today. But with these 10 ways to have a better conversation, you'll be sure to make a good impression.
More often than we'd like, we find ourselves in situations that our primitive, non-speaking ancestors would not have been prepared for; we find ourselves needing to communicate with another individual via the spoken word. Now, if you're anything...
Relationships are hard. Learning to deal with a significant other's words properly can save you a lot of hurt at the end of the day.
No one enjoys going to funerals, those somber occasions that remind us of our own mortality and uncertainty about the future. However, such gatherings can be even more distressing for those who weren't close to the deceased, such as a new...
Learn ways to overcome the painful effects of negative accusations or statements made by judgmental people, bullies, and others.
Women bullies use what's known as relational aggression. Learn how to spot this and what to do when it happens.
Are you socially awkward? Does being around other people make you feel shy and uncomfortable, and you don't know why? Let's get to the root of the problem and see where you can find some confidence.
Aggression is action motivated by angry emotions or hostile intentions, inflicting pain, intimidation, or emotional suffering on others. Acts of aggression intentionally cause pain or harm to others.
It's annoying when people read over your shoulder. Find out how to stop them in their tracks so you can finish that novel in peace!
Energy Suckers can be anyone in your life. Friends, family, coworkers. They are the people that drain your energy when you are around them.
We all deal with mean people in our lives. No matter how thick-skinned or self-confident we are, sometimes it's difficult to not let it affect us. This article explains why people often are that way.
Critical people always ask for too much & rarely give anything in return. They feed off people’s energy. No matter what you say, downers will give you opinion, not caring whether you asked for it.
A Guilt trip is a form of psychological abuse. Some psychologists may call it emotional manipulation. I call it bullying. There are those who are first rate experts at laying guilt trips and know exactly what technique to use to get their own way....
There is nothing wrong with enjoying alone time, but sometimes it can impede our ability to find like-minded souls. Here are some ways to get more involved socially and find your tribe.
Have you been told that you are rude? There are things you can do to change that perception. Read on.
They want something from you or they simply want you. Problem is, you want nothing to do with them. Learn how to avoid these types or repel them...fast.
In modern society we are distracted every moment. How do we regain the ability among all these distractions to focus on the person in front of us? After all, they should be the most important person
Humility is more powerful than it seems. Read on for tips on how you can use this virtue to be a better and more-appreciated person.
There are many ways to escape stress. Some take the form of defense mechanisms. Others use sports, hobbies, travel, reading, movies and a host of other activities for short-term release.
Is there such a thing as being 'too honest?' We bring up our children to believe lying is wrong and we should always tell the truth, but in reality sometimes I believe we can be 'too honest. This article explains why sometimes lying is okay.
Your eyes say more than your mouth when you learn to really listen. A good listener can help someone find the source of their pain without resorting to quick-fixes and platitudes.
A guide to the appropriate and inappropriate etiquette and attire, guidelines for funerals, condolence calls, viewings, wakes, and family visitations.
Are you a show off? Your annoying habit of constantly talking about yourself is just one thing that could make you look like one of those people who keep bragging about themselves. Know the typical signs and personality traits of a person who is a total show off. Do a little introspection to see if you are a show off too.
© Adrienne Manson All rights reserved permission must be granted by the author before any part of this article can be reproduced. Links may be used to link back to the article. We’ve all had run-ins with bossy and controlling personalities that...
It takes more than two ears to really listen when a friend or relative comes to you with a problem. Follow these three steps and watch the speaker transform from panicked to peaceful.
Domestic violence often starts with emotional abuse or verbal violence. This article explains how abusive tendencies develop and what can help break the cycle.
Have you felt it? The struggle to find the perfect thing to say at work, a party, or other social gathering? Me too. That's why I'm sharing my strategy for talking to just about anyone--stress free.
A problem arises when you put someone on a pedestal - they have a tendency to fall off! Putting someone on a pedestal is not to be mistaken for having a high regard for another or admiring another's skills, attributes or abilities. When you put someone on a pedestal you are denying both yourself and the other an honest and sincere experiencing of each other.
With an emphasis on looks and superficial attractiveness in our culture, people tend to forget all that lies within a person. What connects us to someone goes deeper than what meets the eye.
Collaboration and compromise can be used to resolve conflicts by working toward mutual understanding, brainstorming, ranking solutions, and negotiating a solution.
All of us lie sometimes, but how many of us feel guilty or wonder whether we did the right thing? Overall, most people agree that lying is a bad thing, but then again, who even decided what lying is? A little white lie is supposed to be okay,...
There are few people who seek out friction with others. Most of us, on some level, want others to feel comfortable around us, and if they don't, we look for ways to ease the tension. This isn't true of everyone, of course. We've all had colleagues who seem to relish opportunities to make others squirm in discomfort; we've also worked with people who distance themselves from the group to the point where it becomes almost uncomfortable for everyone else.
The definition of a nerd is not completely set in stone, but, you may be surprised as to what it really means to be a nerd. Find out how to tell if someone is a nerd and see where you stand on the scale from dweeb to nerd.
Learn the psychology of rude behavior and read about 25 of the top rudest behaviors in the United States.
By following some simple rules of hand-me-down etiquette, you can navigate the complicated situation of giving and receiving hand-me-downs.
Scientists are proving that as we give to others we live longer. Just imagine, by doing a good deed often, our life can be extended. Reach out to someone in need. Follow these easy tips for giving.
Scripture gives clear instruction about how we should respond so that we are not overwhelmed when people criticize us.
Remember when you were single and you wanted someone to care about? Someone whose opinion really mattered to you. Whose approval you craved? Well, continual arguments are proof that you got what you wanted.
Do you feel the need to be liked? Paralyzed by fear of rejection? What is your true motivation for perfection? How can you better manage disappointments, criticisms, and unmet expectations?
“Closing a call” is not a skill limited to sales. In sales the term refers to the final step in a sales presentation where the sales representative elicits some form a confirmation or agreement from their customer. The same tactful skills to...
When others seem cold and distant, we automatically assume that they do not like us or are angry with us. This may not be the case. Check out these three things that could be issues.
"Dance like no one is watching. Because they're not. They're checking their phones." I found this on Pinterest under the Humor section, but it spoke to me personally.
What is passive aggressive behavior and how does it manifest in relationships? Examples to help identify if your partner is PA and what might help if they are.
People who are highly empathetic tend to attract malignant narcissists like flies to honey. Here's how to break free of these toxic bonds.
Read on for tips on how to behave, what to wear and what to talk about, when you meet your guy's family for the first time and get them to genuinely like you.
Interpersonal skills – also called people skills or social skills – are not just about communication skills, but also touch on our ability to make decisions, solve problems and manage stress.
Do you find it so difficult to keep secrets? Well, you are not alone but you can always learn how to. But first, you have to find out the importance of keeping secrets...
The advantages of and practical steps of how to make someone "dead to you" so you can get on with your life and be happy.
Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder may come across as grandiose, but they are emotionally weak and require constant validation from others.
There are those in this world that would rather lie for some reason. I'll talk about some experiences I have had with liars.
Here are seven practices church attenders commonly engage in that actually discourage rather than encouraging their pastors.
Have you ever been on the stairs, but felt you might get knocked over because of some rude person? You are not alone! I hope to change one reader at a time with some advice on proper stairs etiquette.
Knowing how to deal with narcissistic people can be very difficult because their behaviors are often camouflaged very successfully as they pursue their obsessive interest in themselves, often by means of deception, pretense and emotional abuse. ...
Active listening is listening purposefully with a focus on understanding what the speaker wants to communicate. If you make the effort to learn active listening, all your relationships will benefit.
Is your new date a stalker? Video and quiz on how to recognize stalking behavior, whether it's insidious or over the top. Learn how to protect yourself.
What does it really mean to love? Read on to expand your perception about the single greatest phenomenon in the world.
In my days, I’ve encountered many selfish, passive-aggressive, I-Own-The-World ego maniacs. They’ve been my friends, my boyfriends, my colleagues, and at one point in my life, I was the jerk!
Trust is such a basic ingredient for any relationship to work. I believe that all of us come to earth with some lessons to learn. We pick the lessons, we pick the players and the universe delivers the scenes and situations. When we have our trust broken, we go through the agony, despair and oscillate between tears and anger, wondering how you will ever be able to forgive and trust that person again...and that may be the very lesson you came here to learn.
After you eagerly say hello, your neighbor, in return, ignores you and just keeps walking on. You are positive she saw you. There are many reasons why your neighbors don't say hello.
Being a good neighbor helps develop a sense of community. A good neighbor helps others and is respectful, and good neighbors enrich our lives.
Tired of replying with a generic "I'm fine, thank you" whenever someone asks you how you're doing? Don't fret, this list was made to provide you with funny and witty answers to that question.
Spotting or identifying a manipulator is hard because they attack secretly.Here,are some early warning signs of a manipulator to help you spot them.
Whether you're born with citizenship or earn it after immigration, there's more to being a Good Citizen than just having that legal piece of paper. It's about how you conduct yourself as a person, how you interact with your community and society,...
Do you let people walk all over you because you don't set boundaries? Find out solid advice from experts on how to make changes in your life so you feel empowered and get the respect you deserve.
For many years, people have seen the eagle as a symbol of beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination, and grace. Here are some things we can learn from it.
Happy people are capable of changing the world for better. If you are unhappy with the way things are going for you, read on for insights on how to experience fulfillment from being yourself.
How to recognize a non-apology when you're offered one, why you shouldn't feel obligated to accept it, and why this concept isn't at odds with spirituality or necessary for your peace of mind.
Narcissists will target your personal interests, goals, and dreams for many reasons. This article sheds light on just a few.
We live in an aching world. Your compassion can heal pain and wipe away tears. Read on to know how you can reach out to others at a deeper level.
I'm a girl - so I should get along better with girls, right? Nope. Here are my reasons why I think so.
Being a new employee on the job can be a somewhat intimidating experience. Management and co-workers can do a lot to make new employees feel like part of the team.
How do you know if you annoy your friends? Check out these tips and strategies for learning the sounds and behaviors that bother others.
In short, a meddling mother-in-law can be defined as someone who constantly violates conventional boundaries. Notice that I chose to use the phrase violates boundaries instead of using the more gentle phrase crosses boundaries. Someone who...
Attitude. That's what it takes to stop people from taking advantage of you and it can also help you make changes to improve your life.
Listening is a powerful tool in our work and personal lives. The author realized what a horrible listener she had become, how it was hurting her relationships, and took steps to change it.
Saying no doesn't mean you're bad or selfish. Here's how you can effectively say no to others without feeling guilty about it.
Narcissism is going to be eliminated from the new DSM 5 in 2013. However, this controversial decision is in no way going to make a difference to those affected by this personality disorder, who know from bitter experience the psychological and...
Don't know what to write on a card as a 'bon voyage' message for a friend going on a holiday, a colleague going on a business trip, or someone who is moving abroad? Look here for some suggestions.