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Understanding Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

It seems no matter where I turn, I hear variations of the term “narcissist” or “narcissism”.  It is becoming an endemic part of society’s lexicon when describing less than desirable behaviors and attitudes of another person.

Amber Przybyla Spoke to Today about Why We Messed with our Barbies as Kids

Many former Barbie lovers have stories of doll destruction. Why is this, and is it normal? Amber Przybyla, LPC, ATR of The Family Institute at Northwestern University recently spoke to to discuss why we messed with our Barbies, and what it said about our future selves.

What’s So Scary About Grief? Confronting Meaninglessness After Loss

"But what is grief, if not love persevering?" -Quote from the TV series WandaVision, Episode 8: "Previously On," Marvel Studios  

We Honor Juneteenth

Northwestern University and The Family Institute have joined the U.S federal government in recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday.  Northwestern University describes the day as an “opportunity for members of the University community to reflect on the significance of June 19, 1865, when some of the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned the Civil War had ended.”  This was the day that the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln more than two…

Confronting Anxiety

I’m seated on a flight soaring tens of thousands of feet above the ground. The plane abruptly falls several feet and then bounces back up. Suddenly it feels like my heart is racing at the same speed as the aircraft. My hands grip my seat and I feel an uncomfortable sensation rising in my throat.  My mind declares, “I can’t handle this.”

Fostering a Healthy Relationship with Yourself

A healthy relationship with yourself is the foundation for all other relationships. When you don’t have a positive relationship with yourself, other relationships can suffer. But what does a loving relationship with yourself look like? Here are three important ways to foster love for yourself.  

The Power of Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month and a good time to check in on the stressors in your life and how you’re coping with them. Stress is a natural, adaptive, and built-in response that is intended to help us. The Mayo Clinic describes the natural stress response as the following upon encountering a threat:

Dr. Anthony Chambers Expands Upon Recent Rolling Stone Article Feature to Further Discuss Black Couple and Family Relationships

I was fortunate to have been interviewed by Rolling Stone for an article about a TV show called “Harlem”, which is being called the “Black Women’s ‘Sex in the City’. The show discusses the challenges of dating and finding love. The author of the article and I spoke for about an hour. Unfortunately, due to length of the article, much of our conversation had to be cut.