Patronizing is the act of appearing kind or helpful but internally feeling superior to others. Patronizing behaviour is a subtle form of bullying and can take many forms in social contexts.
Bullying, in its purest form, is intentional. The intention is to inflict pain. The real bully doesn’t just not care whether they cause pain. The real bully likes to cause pain.
Being empathic means having a strong ability to perceive the moods of others. What is less said, however, is that this ability is not innate, but develops in developmental age and takes on more marked characteristics especially in those who have gone through emotional trauma.
We communicate as we do according to the ways in which we perceive the world. However, while physiologically we process pieces of information similarly, the way in which we interpret them varies depending on our unique and wide range of psychological and cultural experiences.
If you have moved to a new cultural context, very different from the one(s) you are used to live in, and you feel stressed, isolated, frustrated, angry and confused, you may be experiencing culture shock.
What is that vague and unpleasant sensation that I have been carrying with me for long time? I have a clear sense of it, but do I find it so difficult to describe it? If you are raising these questions to yourself, then you may be trying to get in contact with your Background Feeling.
Why am I never satisfied with my achievements? Why do I keep wondering whether I am good enough or will I ever be good enough? If these questions sound familiar to you, you may be the child of a narcissist parent.
Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. People who use Gaslighting manipulate you to a point that you increasingly doubt yourself, your judgment, your memory, and even your sanity.
Have you ever wondered why when you are with certain individuals, you often feel angry, frustrated and, despite having tried hard, it’s very difficult to build and maintain a healthy relationship with them? If so, then you may have been dealing with people who exhibit passive aggressive behaviour.
Sometimes we can be more unfriendly with ourselves than with others. This happens when we hear and believe to a part of us, a sort of authoritarian voice, that seems to punish rather than award us. That is the “inner critic”. So, how can we deal with it?
When we enter into contact with people from different cultural backgrounds, we may experience some conflicts, as a result of unfamiliar cultural dimensions which could lead to miscommunication and negative perceptions.
Being in a romantic relationship involves a process of disillusionment. For many couples, ‘being in love’ is a temporary abandonment to fantasy, and when reality kicks in, it can feel terribly spoiling.
Romantic relationships are complicated, but we cannot stay without them. But why are they so difficult? What are the reasons why so many couples experience relational issues? First of all, the invasion of spaces.
A lack or loss of mutual understanding represents one of the major deterrents to happiness in a relationship. Indeed, couples go through a crisis when they feel that cannot understand and are not understood by the other partner.
As Intercultural Counselling Professionals, we need to take into careful consideration the extent to which the expression of our clients’ emotions is shaped by culture.