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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: emotional clutter | psychology | relationships

Clear Your Emotional Space

Dr. Small By Wednesday, 17 July 2019 04:39 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

A tendency toward clutter can also impact our emotional lives. Many of us hold on to friendships and relationships much longer than we probably should, which can lead to relationship clutter.

It’s not always easy to identify a relationship that has become unhealthy or toxic, but they almost always complicate our lives and cause unnecessary stress.

People tend to remain in unhealthy relationships out of habit. The uncomfortable feelings from the toxic friendship become an accepted psychological burden.

Sometimes a person doesn’t even realize that it is possible to put an end to such toxic relationships, thereby reducing stress and improving well-being.

Clearing out relationship clutter can be as simple as spending less time with the people with whom you have an unhealthy relationship, and more with others.

However, sometimes it can be necessary to cut off an unhealthy relationship completely.

When acquaintances place unreasonable demands on us, it can consume our energy and leave us emotionally drained.

When deciding whether or not to make an effort to repair a difficult friendship, you might consider how long you’ve known the person, if you and this person have been successful at resolving differences in the past, and whether or not this person has been or will be a positive influence in your life.

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Many of us hold on to friendships and relationships much longer than we probably should, which can lead to relationship clutter.
emotional clutter, psychology, relationships
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 04:39 PM
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