Smiling Skeletons, by Ross Rosenberg

A Poem about Healing and Transformation Walking down the usual paths in my life,without a thought,without a plan,I unexpectedly found myselfmysteriously drawntoward the directionof my childhood home. This repository of childhood dreams,was barely recognizableand frighteningly familiar.Although ladened with bittersweet memoriesI was beckoned toward it. A memory of the child I was,whispered to me,encouraged meto approach the front door,grasp the door knob.Feel its cold metal welcome.And enter the haunted domainof my childhood.Long not visited,long avoided. Until …

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The Development of Narcissism

By Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed, LCPC, CADCPsychotherapist, Author, Educator, Expert Witness Early childhood conditions that are responsible for the development of narcissism. Narcissists come from a childhood in which their pathologically narcissistic parent abused, neglected and/or deprived them of love, care, and safety. The gifted child, the trophy child, is afraid of triggering the narcissistic parent. This child can’t figure out that secret recipe of how to make his mother or father smile. This child in essence becomes a threat …

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Dating a Sociopath? 11 Red Flags

Ross Rosenberg Interviewed for Huffington Post Article By Macrina Cooper-White  Posted: 08/23/2013 8:26 am EDT Could that amazing new person you or a loved one is dating actually be a sociopath? It’s not as far-fetched as you might imagine. Roughly one in 25 Americans is a sociopath, according to Harvard psychologist Dr. Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door. Of course, not all sociopaths are dangerous criminals. But they certainly can make life difficult, given that the defining characteristic …

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Excerpts from the Human Magnet Syndrome

By Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed, LCPC, CADCPsychotherapist, Author, Educator, Expert Witness “What felt so right, so perfect, would remain that way for no longer than a few months. Despite the rapturous beginning of our supposed soul-mate experience, the relationship would inevitably crash and burn. The hot flames of passion would predictably transform into frustration, impatience, resentment and regret. Our fantasy lover, before our very eyes, would morph into an angry, controlling, narcissistic person who would hurt us while all the …

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Relationship Patterns. We Inherit a Relationship “GPS”

Excerpt from the book: The Human Magnet Syndrome. As much as we would like to, we cannot avoid certain indisputable facts of life. We will have to pay taxes, get older, most likely gain a few pounds, and always be connected to our childhood.  Sigmund Freud was right, we are, indeed, creatures of our past; affected more by our formative years (first five to six years of life) than by recent events and circumstances.  Although …

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The Human Magnet Syndrome - provides answers to why patient, giving and selfless individuals (codependents) are predictably attracted to self-centered, selfish and controlling partners (emotional manipulators).

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