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Healthy Relationship Tips: How to Effectively use Boundaries

What is the importance of a boundary in a relationship? Primary relationships are based upon a love relationship deeply rooted in freedom. Each partner is free from the other and therefore free to love the other. While boundaries help us … Continue reading

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Parenting: Developing Self-awareness

The book, The Self-Aware Parent by Dr. Fran Walfish, is intended to give you the tools and courage to examine yourself, so you can help your child. In the heat of the moment, parents say or do things they do … Continue reading

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Healthy Relationship Tips: How to Give & Receive Emotional Support

When the physical needs for survival and security are generally fulfilled, the emotional needs in a relationship take precedence. Because women are generally more conscious of their emotional needs, the woman is first to experience a lack of fulfillment; her … Continue reading

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Finding Friends: Excel at Small Talk

If your conversations evaporate almost as soon as they have begun, or if you are reluctant to participate at social or business functions, you will learn some useful tips from the book, Small Talk by Debra Fine. To become a … Continue reading

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Personal Improvement: Simplify Your Life

When you simplify your life you can invest your full concentration on what matters to you most. Your goal being to maximize your return on your time and energy. If you are spending time chasing projects, people, social events, careers, … Continue reading

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Improve Your Conversational Skills – Find new friends

Connecting with people brings infinite rewards. When we make connections with people we are stimulating our brains gray matter; the brain grows and flourishes when it’s making new connections. This doesn’t mean hanging out with the same old crowd week … Continue reading

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Healthy Relationship Tips: How Men and Women React Differently to Stress

So many of us confuse love with needing. We get things backward; we assume being loved means having one’s needs fulfilled. In reality, a healthy relationship supports both partners healing themselves. When we understand men and women’s different stress reactions, … Continue reading

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Raising a Child:Beware of the Five Love Languages

Your child needs to know he is loved in order to grow into a giving, loving, responsible adult. Only the child who feels genuinely loved and cared for can do his or her best. Unless you speak the five love … Continue reading

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Personal Growth Tips: Focus on Character

John C. Maxwell, in The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth says, “If we desire to grow and reach our potential, we must pay more attention to our character than to our success. We must recognize that personal growth means more … Continue reading

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Tips How to Build Love in Your Relationships

In the course of the study of love, Gary Chapman, in his book Love as a Way of Life, has named the seven characteristics of a loving person. These seven traits are not just good intentions, but habits we learn … Continue reading

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Toleration’s Slow You Down

When you were a child, you didn’t tolerate much; you simply expressed your displeasure. Now that you are a socialized adult, you tolerate stuff because you are not trying to be negatively affected by what annoys you. Toleration’s represent compromises you … Continue reading

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Tips to Succeed in Life

Potential is a wonderful word. Do we all have personal potential? Absolutely! Your personal potential is what you could be – the person you can become. The question becomes, how do you reach your potential? The answer is continued growth; … Continue reading

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Healthy Relationship Tips: 4 Keys to Creating Supportive Relationships

Once we can accept that people are different we can begin to seriously explore how we are different. From one perspective, judgments and prejudice are associated with differences. But at a deeper level we can clearly see that the original … Continue reading

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Personal Growth: To Succeed Requires an Efficient System

Do you allow your life to be shaped simply by what happens to you? Many people float through life – waiting for what comes to them – reacting to the events that fall their way. Unfortunately, when most people look … Continue reading

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Personal Growth: Your Future is in the Present Moment Experience

You are most attractive to others when you are living in the present moment – not living in the future, striving for it, or trying to repair the past.  The following are thoughts presented by Thomas J. Leonard in The … Continue reading

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Nomenclature, (NO-men-klay-cherr), noun, A labeling or naming system used in a specialized field or industry.

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Placid, (PLAS-id), adjective, Marked by calm, quiet, serene.

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Livid, (LIHV-id), adjective, Enraged or extremely angry.

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Denigrate, (DEN-ih-grayt), adjective, Insulting, put down, demean, belittle.

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Berate, (bee-RATE), verb, To scold severely

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Hierarchy, (HIGH-uhr-ahr-key), noun, A pecking order or ranking according to status or level of authority.

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Sequester, (see-KWESS-ter), verb, To remove and isolate a portion from a larger whole.

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Parity, (PAH-rih-tee), noun, The condition of everyone being more or less equal.

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Herculean, (her-kyuh-LEE-uhn), adjective, Of extraordinary power or difficulty.

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Myriad, (MIR-ee-ud), noun, An abundance of possibilities, selections, choices, or options.

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Fauxpas, (FOH-pah), noun, A serious breach of social protocol or etiquette.

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Arrogant, (AIR-ah-gehnt), adjective, Overbearing and self-important; presumptuous and superior.

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Quintessential, (KWIN-tuh-sen-shul), adjective, The most perfect or typical example of its category or kind.

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Fruition, (froo-ISH-un), noun, The completion of a task; the achievement of a goal as the result of significant and persistent effort.

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Levity, (LEHV-ih-tee), noun, Lack of appropriate seriousness.

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Paradigm, (PAR-uh-dyme), An observation or discovery in conflict with known facts, beliefs, and theories.

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Titillate, (TIT-l-ate), verb, To excite in an agreeable way.

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Remiss, (rih-miss), adjective, Negligent or careless.

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Litany, (LIT-n-ee), noun, A prolonged and boring account.

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Fervent, (FUR-vuhnt), adjective, Showing great enthusiasm and intensity of spirit.

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Grievous, ( GREE-vuhss), adjective, Flagrant and outrageous; or, causing grief and great sorrow.

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Laudable, (LAW-duh-bull), adjective, Commendable, deserving of praise.

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Meticulous, (meh-TICK-yuh-luhss), adjective, Extremely precise; fussy.

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Contentious, (kon-TEN-shus), adjective, Controversy, rivalry, disagreement, competition.

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Oxymoron, (ok-see-MORE-on), noun, A phrase made by combining two words that are contradictory.

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Vindicate, (VIN-dih-kate), verb, To prove your opinion is correct, or your action justified, or that you are innocent of a misdeed you stand accused of, despite opinions and evidence to the contrary.

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Cognizant, (KOG-nih-sint), adjective, Aware of the realities of a situation.

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Salient, (SALE-yent), adjective, Relevant; germane; important; something that stands out and gets noticed.

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Euphemism, (YOU-feh-miz-im), noun, A synonym that is less offensive than the word it is used to replace.

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Visceral, (VIS-er-ul), adjective, An immediate and strong gut reaction; a quickly formed opinion, based mainly on instinct and usually negative in nature.

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Austere, (aw-STEER), adjective, Stern, grim and lacking humor or warmth; clean and unornamented; severe or strict in manner.

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Voracious, (vo-RAY-shuss), adjective, Possessing a huge and insatiable appetite, whether for food, knowledge, amusement, or something else.

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Plethora, (PLETH – uh-ruh), noun, An excessive amount of something.

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Circumspect, (SIR-kum-spekt), adjective, Prudent, cautious, well considered.

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Metaphor, ( MEH-tah-for), noun, A sentence or phrase in which a word ordinarily associated with one thing is applied to something else, to indicate that in some way they are similar.

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Indefatigable, (in-deh-fah-TEE-gah-bull), adjective, Capable of continuing along one’s current course of action without wavering, tiring, or faltering.

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Debacle, ( dih-BAH-kul), noun, A sudden downfall, collapse, or failure.

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Ostentatious, (ah-sten-TAY-shus), adjective, Pretentious; presented in a showy manner so as to impress others; visibly flaunting one’s wealth and success.

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Pugnacious, (pug-NAY-shus), adjective, Someone who always wants to argue and debate every last thing.

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Tenet, (TEH-net), noun, A central philosophy; a core belief; a rule or principle one lives by.

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Implicit, (im-PLIH-set), adjective, Something that is understood or implied but not stated directly.

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Effervescent, (ef-ur-VES-ent), adjective, Bubbly; upbeat; cheerful; possessing a positive attitude and joyful personality.

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Opulent, (AHP-yoo-lent), adjective, Reflecting wealth and affluence.

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Anomaly, (an-AHM-ah-lee), noun, An exception to the norm; something different and unexpected that logically should not exist.

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Paradox, (PAIR-uh-doks), noun, A seemingly absurd and self-contradicting situation that seems impossible but may in fact be true.

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Sojourn, (SO-jern), noun, A temporary visit or stay.

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Unilateral, (you-nhi-LAT-ur-uhl), adjective, A decision that affects many people or states, but that is made independently by a single authority, without consulting those whom it affects.

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Neophyte, (NEE-uh-fight), noun, A beginner or novice

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Arcane, (are-CAYNE), adjective, Strange and mysterious; understood by only a few.

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Exacerbate, (egg-ZASS-err-bayt), verb, To take action that makes a situation worse or aggravates it further.

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Vacillate, (VAH-sill-ate), verb, To swing back and forth between two points.

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Superlative, (sue-PURR-lah-tiv), adjective, The quality of somethings being the best in its class or quality.

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Nemesis, (nem-UH-sis), noun, An opponent one is unable to defeat.

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Chagrin, (sha-GRIN), noun, verb, Lack of mental ease caused by disappointment, humiliation, or failure.

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Retort, (rih-TORT), verb, noun, To reply in a sharp, retaliatory manner.

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Ostentatious, (ah-sten-TAY-shus), adjective, Pretentious; presented in a showy manner so as to impress others; visibly flaunting one’s wealth or success.

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Fallible, (FAL-ih-bull), adjective, Capable of messing up, making errors, or being wrong.

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Implausible, (im-PLAWZ-ih-bull), adjective, Difficult to believe; highly unlikely to be true.

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Ardent, (AR-dent), adjective, Marked by a warmth of emotion; passionate.

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Dichotomy, (die-KOT-uh-me), noun, Division into two parts, especially into two seemingly contradictory parts.

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Repertoire, (REH-per-tware), noun, A library of works that a group knows and regularly performs.

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Quagmire, (KWAG-myer), noun, A thorny problem for which there is no ready solution; a messy situation from which there is no expeditious means to escape.

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Superfluous, (soo-PER-flew-us), adjective, Excessive and unnecessary.

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truculent, (TRUK-you-lent), adjective, Belligerent, argumentative, always ready for a fight.

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Sanctimonious, (sank-tih-MOAN-ee-us), adjective, Overbearingly self-righteous and smug in the belief that one’s opinion is correct; possessing an air of moral superiority about one’s opinion.

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Precarious, (prih-KAYR-ee-us), adjective, Tenuous, positioned so as to be in danger of failing; dependent on chance; uncertain.

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Surreal, (suh-REEL), adjective, Possessing a quality that makes something seem unreal; strange; bizarre; almost other worldly.

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Untenable, (uhn-TEN-uh-bull), adjective, Not possible to defend, as an argument or position.

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Gratuitous, (grah-TOO-ih-tuss), adjective, Unnecessary, inappropriately excessive, uncalled for act.

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Epiphany, (eh-PIH-fan-ee), noun, A sudden, unexpected insight that seems to come from nowhere and throws great illumination on a subject previously not well understood.

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Nuance, (NOO-ahnts), noun, A subtle difference in meaning, expression, or tone.

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Acrimonious, (ah-kri-MOAN-ee-us), adjective, Angry, bitter, disputed.

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Propensity, (pro-PEN-sih-tee), verb, To grow, breed, or cause to multiply and flourish.

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Harbinger, (HAR-bin-jer), noun, A forerunner or warning sign of a future event or sign.

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Ostracize, (OS-truh-size), verb, To exclude from society, friendships, community, etc.

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Conundrum, (kuh-NUN-drum), noun, A difficult problem or situation that is not easily resolved.

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Antithesis, (an-TIH-thess-iss), noun, The exact opposite; a thing that is completely different from another thing.

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Panacea, (pan-uh-SEE-uh), noun, A universal solution for all problems, diseases, or woes.

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repudiate, (reh-pew-dee-AYTE), verb, To dispute an idea, decision, or belief. To distance oneself and refuse to be associated with someone or something.

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Tenacious, (tuh-NAY-ahuss), adjective, Persistent, stubborn, obstinate.

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Unsavory, (un-SAYV-err-ee), adjective, Distasteful; unpleasant; disreputable; of dubious reputation.

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Vicariously, (vye-KARE-ee-uss-lee), adverb, To enjoy imagined feelings and experiences largely by observing or hearing about another person’s life or adventures.

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Fortuitous, (for-TOO-ih-tuss), adjective, A happy event taking place by accident or chance.

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Loquacious, (loh-KWAY-shus), adjective, Chatty, the habit of talking nonstop.

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Dauntless, (DAWNT-liss), adjective, Fearless, intrepid, and bold.

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Ambiguous, (am-BIG-yoo-us), adjective, Uncertainty; lacking clear definition.

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Innocuous, (ih-NAHK-yew-us), adjective, Not harmful or offensive, innocent, incidental, and hardly noticeable.

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Petulant, (PET-chew-lant), adjective, Describes someone who sulks, complains, or whines because he or she is acting immature.

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Sanguine, (SANG-gwihn), adjective, Accepting of circumstances with good cheer and a positive attitude.

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Tepid, ((TEHP-id), adjective, Characterized by a lack of enthusiasm.

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Stalwart, (STAL-wart), noun, adjective, A loyal, reliable member of an organization; a staunch supporter of a group or cause.

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Obstinate, (AHB-stih-nit), adjective, Inflexible in one’s opinions and attitudes; refusing to change to the wishes of others.

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enigmatic, (en-ig-MATT-ik), adjective, Mysterious, puzzling, and difficult to figure out.

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Aleatory, (AIL-ee-ah-tore-ee), adjective, An action that is unplanned, spontaneous, or spur of the moment rather than deliberately thought out and carefully considered.

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Magnanimous, (mag-NAN-ih-mus), adjective, A kind and generous act.

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Bucolic, (byoo-KOL-ick), adjective, A peaceful, serene, rural object, place, or environment.

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Fastidious, (fah-STID-ee-us), adjective, To be particular about things, particularly good housekeeping and personal hygiene; to place great importance on small details.

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Taciturn, (TAH-sih-turn), adjective, Reserved; uncommunicative; a person of few words.

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Vehement, (VEE-heh-ment), adjective, Insistent; unyielding in one’s opinion or decision; intense inflexibility about matters.

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Rumination, (ROO-muh-nay-shun), noun, The act of thinking about something in great detail, weighing the pros and cons over and over again in your mind.

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Amenable, (ah-MEE-nah-bull), adjective, One who readily and agreeably gives in to the wishes and desires of others.

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Gregarious, (greh-GARE-ee-us), An extrovert; an outgoing person; one who is friendly and cheerful in nature.

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Oscillate, (AHSS-uh-layt), To change one’s mind frequently about beliefs and opinions.

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Vivacious, (vy-VAY-shuss), Joyful; happy; possessing a positive attitude and enthusiasm for life.

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Pragmatic, (prag-MAT-ik), The use of practical means to solve problems.

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Dogmatic, (DAWG-matt-ick), adjective, A person who adheres rigidly to principles, rules, and beliefs, even when there is ample evidence that doing so may not be the best course of action.

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Pugnacious, (pug-NAY-shus), adjective, Someone who always wants to argue and debate every last thing.

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Effusive, (eh-FEW-siv), adjective, an unrestrained outpouring of feelings

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Avoid These Six Common Dating Mistakes

Do you want to find the partner of your dreams? Someone who will accept you and love you for who you are? Someone whose priority is to help you to become the best version of yourself? Someone who will fill … Continue reading

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Need To Feel Loved?

Do you say to yourself, “If only I could feel loved?”  Maybe you are not looking in the right places. Every person who enjoys a fulfilling, content, joyful life knows how to find and feel loved by harnessing the power … Continue reading

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