Tag Archives: sacrifice

My perfect friend killed herself:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I’m graduating from high school next week and have a spot reserved at a good university in the fall. I should be feeling good, but I feel as if someone pulled the rug out from under … Continue reading

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Woes me or the suffering narcissist:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I can admit that my grandmother had a difficult life- it was filled with losses and sacrifice. All of this is many years in the past; yet she remains an embittered and isolated person. My mom … Continue reading

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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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Nice vs. Kind splainin:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I read your recent blog on the difference between “nice” and “kind.” I wonder if you could explain this further. It seems like there’s an important point here and I would like to make sure I … Continue reading

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Breast augmentation for his birthday

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My boyfriend is a breast man. He loves boobs. As such I was thinking of surprising him and getting implants. He never asked me to and he says he loves the way I look. But I … 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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Our Inalienable right to be miserable:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I have worked at my company for five years. I used to love my job. But recently, this same job has begun to drive me crazy and it’s ruining my life. It all started with a … 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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My husband killed himself:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I just got the shock of my life. My business partner, Linda, just called me and told me to sit down. She had been in Minnesota with her two teen aged kids, visiting her mom. While … 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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