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-What is “self-neglect?”

-How can self-care and self-love combat our neglect of self?

-What are ways that our families, culture, and society reinforce self-neglect and how can we put a stop to it?

In this week’s episode, Marissa is joined by Latasha Dixon, LMFT. Latasha opens up about aspects of codependency in her own life and how that led to self-neglect. Latasha describes what self-neglect is: not choosing ourselves over and over again. You’ll hear about what self-neglect looks like–and no, it’s not just someone whose overdrinking or living in poor conditions–it might just be you. We end with Latasha sharing how self-care and self-love are the cures to self-neglect plus ways you can start taking care of yourself ASAP. It’s a must-listen!

Thanks for listening!

More about this episode’s guest: Latasha Dixon is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is the CEO/ Clinical Director of her private group practice Emerge Psychotherapy Services and Owner of Merg Match-making.

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More deets on this week’s episode:

We start with hearing about Tasha’s definition and experience of codependency. She opens up about being “Miss independent but then I didn’t have any expectations for anyone else and did it all myself.”

Tasha shares with us what “self-neglect” is: not choosing ourselves. And we do it over, and over, and over again!

Marissa gathers how, despite what we may picture as “neglect,” what it actually looks and feels like. It’s not having tattered clothes or poor hygiene. Latasha describes how overworking, undereating, and putting everyone else before yourself are ways we can neglect ourselves.

Latasha describes what self-care is: choosing ourselves. She gives great examples of how self-care isn’t always about “adding” to your life, like adding massages, adding vacations, adding spending money. She simplifies it for us and describes how self-care can be as easy as “kinder self-talk.”

Latasha defines “self” and how we all need to ask ourselves “what is self?” She shares about her own sense of “self” and how that has changed over the years thanks to all her work in therapy.

Questions for homework:

How are you currently neglecting your self?

How have you been reinforced to neglect your self?

How does neglecting yourself serve you?

How are you currently practicing self-care?

What can you add, keep, or takeaway from your life to practice self-care?

What is your definition of “self?”

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