Tag Archives: enabler

The other half of co-dependence:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My therapist told me to find a book on co-dependence so today I visited the Sober Camel, an AA book store. My last two husbands were alcoholics and my therapist is trying to prevent me from … Continue reading

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I set myself up for disaster:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am beginning to wonder if I have set myself up for disaster. I just launched a new company. Things are starting slow but the sales are beginning to build. After serious thinking, I decided to … Continue reading

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How therapy can enable bad behaviors:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am a therapist and I wrestle with the philosophy “the customer is always right.” It comes to mind again after recently running into an ex-client of mine. I thought this person would still be seeing … Continue reading

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Eyes wide shut:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, When I look at many of my friend’s relationships, I see woman staying in horrible relationships because they believe that in some way they will change their partner’s abusive behavior. They all seem to think that … Continue reading

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An overwhelming life story:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; My daughter, who is 26, just found out she was pregnant. She is not married, although there is a boyfriend, and she has been living with me in a small apartment since we lost our house … Continue reading

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Journey through the sea of cultural dysfunction:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I watched The Burning Bed and I know how to recognize an abusive relationship in the extreme. But I am having a problem with my own situation and, as with most issues in real life, it … Continue reading

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Another rainbow fish

This question deals with a much stickier aspect of getting rid of your low life ex. Sometimes it can seem like the solution to a problem can scar you for life as much as the problem. GD   Dear Dr. Brilliant … Continue reading

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The three faces of nature:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My husband could be brilliant. He could be productive. He isn’t. I think he is scared of himself. He says everything he touches falls to shit. I think that’s his excuse for doing nothing except smoking … Continue reading

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