Stop Taking It Personally; It’s Not About You

Dr. Deitra Hickey discusses the self-sabotaging effects of taking life personally. We tend to take others’ intentions about us personally, when in reality, most people’s negative reactions and actions have nothing to do with us.
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About Dr. Deitra Hickey, PhD


Dr. Deitra HickeyDr. Deitra Hickey PhD., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has utilized her life experiences to develop a passion to help others find their balance and honor themselves through physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Deitra developed a strong will and resilience at a young age by taking care of two paralyzed parents after witnessing both of them being shot. She then cared for her mother who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis until she passed away at only 48. Deitra is a transparent individual that will admit she had struggled as a teenager with consistent doubt, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She made the decision early on not to accept these facets of her outlook and learned how to take control of her life. Deitra has dedicated her life to assisting others to find positive perspective and happiness. She encourages the importance of capitalizing on life’s challenges to strengthen and empower versus using adversity as a crutch.

In addition, Dr. Hickey proudly teaches the community about the positive effects of holistic treatments that not only pamper the deserving individual but also aid in overall health, wellness and stress reduction.

Dr. Hickey worked for Toledo Public for 17 years as a teacher, school counselor, and a school principal. She taught PhD students at the University of Toledo prior to opening her business, Serenity Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Hickey is a proud Toledian and enjoys bringing her experience, education, and dedication to make a lasting impression and difference in others’ lives.

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Watch Dr. Hickey’s episodes of Serenity Now: A Health and Wellness Perspective.

  1. Deitra, this is a great awareness of stop taking it personal in our interactions and reactions with others. It is true, we often do not know that we “hurt” someone. You stress the importance of communication with each other and not to hold hurt feelings inside – great lesson! Thank you!

  2. With all the drama in the world these days, this is important message about not taking it personally what people say or do. Most of the time it has nothing to do with us but what the other person is feeling or thinking, Your message if treating people fairly with compassion is important. Lots of great points and advice. Thanks Deitra.

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