Tag Archives: communication

All people are a cliché:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am not sure if it is a problem but my situation just feels weird sometimes. I have been married for over 15 years and my wife can finish my thoughts before I can even formulate … Continue reading

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She loves me not?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I don’t know what the deal is. For the last few weeks, my wife of ten years and I have been at each other constantly. She seems to take every single thing I say as if … Continue reading

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Be kind not Nice:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I have been dating a woman, Sara, for about 2 months. We talked about our past relationships and I gathered that her last one wasn’t a good experience. In her eyes, the guy was “abusive.” She … Continue reading

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Absolute morality of my husband:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I have a secret. I don’t want to have a secret but my husband, although a completely reasonable man in all other respects, is adamant in his stance towards alcohol- he is a recovering alcoholic who … Continue reading

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Passive niceness kills therapy:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I wanted to write to you about my friend Betsy. This is something that maybe you should know. Betsy has been going to therapy for about 2 years now. She originally went when she was going … Continue reading

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Forgiveness vs common sense:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, In a previous essay you addressed antisocial behavior within one’s own family. I have struggled for years with this type of behavior in two family members. What has further complicated the situation is that other family … Continue reading

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Nice is cultural

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I work with a guy named Tony who is manipulative in an annoying subtle way that goes up my butt sideways. For instance, if he is offered some coffee and doesn’t want it, he won’t tell … Continue reading

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I was a condom failure

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am one of 4 children in our family. My sister and I have middle child syndrome. We feel that my parents favor the first and last born; my sister and I could disappear and it … Continue reading

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Don’t mind me, I am processing:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I have been married going on 14 years but my wife and I argue a lot.  My wife holds things in until she is absolutely clear about what she wants to say then she lets me … Continue reading

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Them or Me:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My niece is a beautiful and smart young lady but also very anxious. I think it is because she goes out of her way to please everyone and in doing so I think she forgets to … Continue reading

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