Joey’s Secret: Defensive, strong, yet never good enough.


  I followed my mother around the mall, transforming hanging lights into spaceships and  marble tiles into the surfaces of planets.  Shiny reflections were laser beams to be avoided and hurdled. Zoom zoom, the mannequin Martians will be defeated! JOSEPH ALLEN TANNER!!!!! A … Continue reading

From crazy love to just plain crazy….What often goes wrong in relationships.


By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Why do so many people fall into blazing-hot love, only to find themselves so dissatisfied years later? Well, “Imago relational theory” (just a theory, but I haven’t seen one situation where it doesn’t fit) gives us … Continue reading

Mothers, smothers, & lovers. (A tale of abandonment and engulfment.)


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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Duane and Mary often fought about the same thing over and over:  Duane was distant and unresponsive to Mary’s emotional and physical advances; Mary relentlessly  smothered Duane with her demands for conversation and intimacy.  This couple, like many … Continue reading