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You’re Not Crazy:  5 Signs You’re Experiencing Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a tactic meant to shut you down and shut you out by using your worst fears and insecurities against you… No, you are not crazy! Have you ever been in a disagreement with someone that started out completely calm and rational and quickly spiraled into disaster? Gaslighting is a powerful tool that people […]

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Is Your Relationship Healthy? 10 Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

There is no such thing as a “perfect marriage,” but there are some characteristics that healthy relationships share. A relationship is something that is supposed to lend you support and provide you with the emotional stability that keeps you mentally and physically healthy. A healthy relationship not only brings out the best in you, but […]

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Surviving Infidelity: Rebuilding Trust is Possible

Although staying in a relationship after infidelity is extremely difficult if two people are committed, then rebuilding is possible. Many things go on in a marriage that can create distrust and resentment, but none so hurtful and shattering as infidelity. Infidelity can involve emotionally or physically turning to someone other than your significant other. And […]

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Is Having an Emotional Affair Cheating? The Signs and Stages of Emotional Infidelity

Do you suspect your partner is having an emotional affair? Or maybe you are struggling with a growing emotional connection within a friendship. When does an uncomplicated friendship cross that critical line into emotional cheating?  Unlike the rules about physical infidelities, an emotional affair is far more complicated. It’s not always black and white.  Clearly, […]

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What is Intimacy? How to Develop Intimacy In Your Relationship

“Physical intimacy isn’t and can never be an effective substitute for emotional intimacy.” John Green What is intimacy? Often, the term intimacy gets conflated with sex. After all, an entire industry is built around the conviction that sex is the ultimate connection with another person. But sex is only a fraction of the experience. A […]

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Are you a Serial Monogamist…What Does it say About you?

“I think biologically we are attracted to more than one person, but given society and our needs, monogamy works better” – Nancy Friday Since human beings passed the primal stage of hunting and gathering, many have questioned whether monogamy is natural or not. Or, if it is a social construct meant to keep people in […]

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The 5 Stages All Relationships Go Through

First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love. Maya Angelou What happens to a relationship when the initial butterflies settle down? Or when a relationship moves through a crisis? Something is waiting […]

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Is This Love? How to Know if You’re in Love

When you ask people to describe love, it is like their mind has a vision, but to explain it is nearly impossible. That’s why it is so difficult to have any real definition of what love is and how to know when you are in it. If you have hit a point in your relationship […]

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Anxiety Relationship

Love and Anxiety: How to Help an Anxious Partner

What if he doesn’t love me? Is he cheating? He’s late, what if he isn’t coming home? I found a receipt in his pocket for two lunches today, who did he eat with – another woman? I’ve gained ten pounds, will he stop loving me? He didn’t say “I love you” back, does that mean […]

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Marriage Relationship

5 Podcasts to Improve Your Relationship

We are living in the age of the podcast — an audio format ideally suited to long drives, dog walks, and deep listening. Podcasts offer space for discussions that are typically not heard over radio waves. Podcast episodes put it all on the table, in real and honest ways. If you’ve ever considered couples therapy, […]