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Escaping the FOG of Toxic Relationships

Escaping the FOG of Toxic Relationships

How do you escape the FOG of a toxic relationship? If your past is anything like mine, you may have been in a toxic relationship, or several. So many of us find ourselves in relationships with the wrong person for the wrong reason. Some of those relationships are toxic. Maybe it’s because of a toxic person. Are you the toxic person? Maybe you’re just toxic together. Sometimes escaping the FOG of toxic relationships can be a very difficult task.

My Guest this week is Shannon Petrovich of Therapist Talks

Shannon Petrovich, LCSW, LISAC, BCD, is a therapist in private practice with over 30 years experience. Shannon earned her Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She earned her clinical licenses in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling, and is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.

Her new book, Out of the FOG Into the CLEAR, Journaling to Help You Heal from Toxic Relationships has attained Amazon Bestseller status in Self Help for Abuse, Codependency, and Personal Transformation.

Getting Along Isn’t Possible If We Aren’t Having The Conversation

Getting Along Isn’t Possible If We Aren’t Having The Conversation

I bring this up because we are just weeks away from yet another contentious election. Accusations are flying, hyperbole is everywhere. Many people are not even having the conversation, they are just going to their corners and staring with disgust at the other side. Hate for the opposition is thick in the air and little of what is said about those on the opposing side is probably true. What would the world, and more specifically our country, be like if people of opposing views had civil discussions again?

It’s been incredibly busy for me in recent weeks, which hasn’t afforded me a lot of time for guest interviews and editing. I am incredibly fortunate to have some great archived episodes with some outstanding guests that I can pull from. One such guest is my friend Angel Eduardo. Getting along, made possible through conversation, is something that Angel does very well. Through his insightful writing, his work with multiple organizations and, as a podcast host on the FAIR perspective podcasts, Angel continues to do incredible work to better the world in which we live.

Grace, Gratitude, Respect and Integrity… DTH Episode 128

Do you approach all of your personal interactions with grace, gratitude, respect and integrity mean to you? I make the statement every week on the DTH podcast that we cannot control everything that happens to us in life, but we can control how we react to it. This is really one of the personal accountability pieces that I refer to so often. Imagine if we all approached our personal interactions using these principles.

Grace

As written in an article in Christianity.com,  Grace is the Hebrew word chanan or the Greek word charis, meaning “the state of kindness and favor toward someone, often with a focus on a benefit given to the object.” (Strong’s Greek 5485). 

Gratitude

Something I talk about probably more often than anything else on the DTH podcast. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and having a readiness for showing appreciation. I often contend that you cannot be a happy person without being a grateful person.

Respect

Respect is really about treating someone with admiration and appreciation and seeing the humanity within them as a person.

Integrity

Having a strong sense of integrity means you are a person who is honest and of strong moral character.

If all people were to approach their personal interactions with these 4 important principles, can you imagine how much better the world in which we live would be? so again, do you approach all of your personal interactions with grace, gratitude, respect and integrity?

What is the Theory of Racelessness? DTH Episode 127 with Dr. Sheena Mason

What is the Theory of Racelessness?

Have you ever heard of the term racelessness? What if there were no such thing as race, if race as a “thing” did not exist? Would we then be able to conquer racism? It’s not a hard theory to grab a hold of if you try. This week’s guest has developed the Theory of Racelessness

A Country At Odds With Its Own Identity… DTH Episode 126

Is our country at  odds with it’s own identity? What is our country’s true identity? My guest this week, James E. Palombo, makes the claim that there is not enough dialogue about the character and culture of our great nation.

Who is James E. Palombo?
Jim Palombo was a self-described drug dealer and wise-guy who while being incarcerated back in the 1970’s came to the realization that he didn’t want to spend his life in and out of prison and fighting the powers of our justice system. At the suggestion of a mentor while in prison, he began receiving an education. It was through this education and his own life experiences that Jim gained a unique understanding of the American experiment. 

My conversation with Jim on this episode of the DTH podcast is such an important one, because while Jim and I don’t agree on some things with regard to our country, we both want to make the case that many in our country lack ideological clarity and without an informed citizenry, our country is in big trouble. Check out this great DTH conversation and be sure to share it with your network of friends!

Nothing Good Comes of Hate… DTH Episode 125

Nothing Good Comes of Hate

I’ve made the statement so many times on this podcast, but I’m reminded daily that nothing good comes of hate. There is no greater reminder in my mind than the speech given this past week, and other things said recently by the current President of the United States. For clarification, THE DTH PODCAST IS NOT POLITICAL. I want to make sure that is clear, but Hate is Hate and I’ll point it out when I see it.

People often make the statement, “words matter”. When labels are placed on large groups of people, and then those people are classified as a threat, bad things are bound to happen. Hate, no matter the context, is not healthy. The fact that our current President knows nothing about so many of what he calls “right-wingers” and “ultra-MAGA extremists”, yet boldly spews his hatred for them, made me think of a conversation I recently had with my friend Daryl Davis.