Fail! A Tip for Valentine's Day | Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

February 13, 2015 5:00 PM

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No matter who you are or what your relationship status, Valentine's Day can be too much. We can all use a GPS to guide us through the wintery mix of roses,"be mine"-tarts, pre-fixe oysters, bubbles, bawbles, ridiculously over-sized boxes of chocolates, cheap-stuffed-fluff and the endless RED that gets projectile-vomited at us every mid-winter. This blizzard of hearts can induce morose hibernation if we're single, or the pressure to make our partners swoon--like s/he never has before!--if we're not. One way or another we are all made to feel inadequate, and there's no flu shot for that.

Some of us hope to escape the V-Pocalypse unscathed by: 1) Receiving a token of admiration from a desired love object, 2) Gifting a (gratuitously over-priced) token of admiration to a desired love object--and hoping to high heavens we receive her/his unadulterated gratitude... or 3) Shielding oursel...

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