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Dr. Kurt Smith
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Specialist in Counseling Men and the women who love them
Specialist in Counseling Men and the women who love them

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Courage is not a one-dimensional trait. And it's not just being brave in frightening situations or rescuing people in distress. We all have the ability to be courageous. For some of us it just takes more practice to develop it. Take a look at the components of courage listed above. Chances are you'll recognize things you naturally do and some things you would like to do better. I bet self-confidence will be the biggest stumbling block for most us.

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Recognizing Depression in Your Partner

Depression is a difficult illness in any circumstance. The repercussions for untreated, long-term depression can be wide ranging and potentially dangerous. And when you are dealing with a depressed spouse the problems affect every aspect of the relationship and family, and can have devastating consequences on everyone involved.

How do you know if your partner is depressed?

One of the biggest problems with depression is that it can be hard to recognize even for the person suffering with it. Chances are that if someone is struggling with depression they will understand that something is wrong, but not know how to define it. That can make it especially tricky for a partner to recognize, too.

To learn more about depression check out this article I wrote on +Psych Central

#depression #depressioninyourpartner #kurtstips
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“Just this once,” “I didn’t mean it,” “I can quite whenever I want” - these phrases are easy to say. Sometimes too easy. The start of bad habits and bad behaviors are often the things we tell ourselves are “just this once.” If you're telling yourself or someone else any of these things it might be time to reevaluate your behavior before things become your habit, character or destiny. For more tips check us out at http://www.guystuffcounseling.com

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Marriage Help: How to Deal with a Controlling Wife Like Kate Gosselin

Paula's husband and friends have nicknamed her "Kate." It's a joke, she told me, as she laughed it off, referencing the television show Jon & Kate Plus 8 which chronicled the lives of Jon & Kate Gosselin and their eight children. But it looked like underneath the laughter that the name really hurts her.

She acknowledges being controlling and says that's what the name means. Like Kate Gosselin, she says she likes to get her way. There are a lot of reasons that "getting her way" is important to her. It's not purely selfish, which is what most people assume. In Paula’s mind she's trying to do the best for her family, but her husband, Brian, doesn’t always see it that way.

To read more about dealing with a controlling wife check out this article on our blog.

#controllingwife #marriageissues #kurtstips
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There's a misconception that we need to become friends with anyone who wants to befriend us. This isn’t true. While it isn’t necessary to be rude, you're allowed to be choosey. People who are negative or toxic in any way don’t need to be part of your inner circle. Although it can be tough to tell at times, try to surround yourself with people that make your life better. For more tips check us out at http://www.guystuffcounseling.com

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Midlife Crisis - What Triggers A Midlife Crisis?

What triggers a midlife crisis? Does it just come out of no where, or does something cause midlife to go from a transition to a crisis?

This is the second part of the two-part series examining midlife crisis in men. Read the first post Midlife Crisis - Facts & Fiction for some signs of what a midlife crisis looks like.

Check out more about midlife crisis by reading this article on our blog.

#midlifecrisis # midlifetriggers #kurtstips
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Take a look at this list. Which category do you fall into? Do you know people that match traits in the unhealthy column? A lot of people do. Some don’t even realize it. If you have more check marks on the unhealthy side vs. the healthy it might be time to make some changes. For more tips check us out at www.guystuffcounseling

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How Anger Affects Your Life

You know the feeling, right? Something has set you off and you feel like a switch flipped. You are angry- not miffed, not annoyed, not irritated, but down-right, seeing-red pissed off. And with that comes the nearly uncontrollable urge to express that anger.

The ways that anger gets expressed can vary. Maybe you yell, storm out, go on a rant and tear down everyone around you- whatever it is, once it is done you likely have regrets about some aspect of your behavior. Rather than make things better, you have made them worse.

To read more about how anger affects your life check out this article I wrote on +Dumb Little Man

#anger #angerandlife #kurtstips
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Hurt takes time to heal. You can’t expect it to happen overnight. Take the time you need and seek support from those who care about you or a professional. Just the act of periodically talking through the pain helps the healing. Each time you do so you may find it a bit easier than before. For more tips check us out at www.guystuffcounseling.com

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When a person in your life is toxic or a constant source of negativity it might be time to move on. Actively moving away from someone can be difficult even if it is necessary. Feeling the loss of their presence in your life is likely to hurt – initially. Studies show that the happiest people keep themselves surrounded by those that are positive and encouraging. If you must distance yourself from a toxic person, grieve the loss, but hold strong to the truth that it's for the better. For more tips check us out at www.guystuffcounseling.com

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