Why Do We Feel the Need to Be “New” and “Improved” at the New Year?

Why do we need to be different? Everywhere this time of year there are advertisements for New Year’s resolutions that will change you: make you better, make you different, make you a new you for the new year. Why do we want that? Why are we so unhappy with who we are?

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My Need for Reassurance Was A Source of Shame But Is Now a Source of Connection: Here is How

I don’t think it’s an accident that I started showing signs of OCD in my early preteen years, right around the time I entered middle school and started wearing a back brace part of the day, in addition to the nights, to correct my crooked spine.

I was afraid of other illnesses and accidents happening to me or my family. I worried that if I didn’t knock on wood (a casual superstition to many people), that I could cause bad things to happen to my loved ones. My Need for Reassurance- A Source of Shame But Now a Source of Connection. Here is How1 Continue reading “My Need for Reassurance Was A Source of Shame But Is Now a Source of Connection: Here is How”