Category Archives: Relationships

Better Problem Solving For Couples

Problems are a normal part of life.  How couples handle their problems can lead to relationship growth or deterioration. Research has shown that successful relationships are not those that necessarily have fewer problems, but those that have found effective means … Continue reading

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Helping A Friend Who Is In An Abusive Relationship

Watching a family member, friend or colleague going through an abusive relationship is difficult and frustrating.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline advises the following for effectively helping a family member or friend who is being abused: Don’t be afraid to … Continue reading

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Relationships: Secrets Of Happy Couples

Although more than 50% of all marriages end in divorce, many couples defy these odds and maintain lasting, healthy relationships.  What makes these relationships go “right?”  Psychologist Florence Kaslow offers the following: *  Healthy couples see themselves as strong individuals, … Continue reading

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Are You In An Abusive Relationship?

All relationships have their ups and downs, but there are certain types of behavior in any relationship that are unacceptable and abusive.  If you think that your partner is abusive, review the information below.  Recognizing the signs of an abusive … Continue reading

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Better Communication For Couples

Why do we always seem to argue about “silly” things?  How can I get my partner to open up more?  These are examples of the kinds of questions couples often ask counselors.  While every couple’s situation is unique, these general … Continue reading

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Relationships: Successful Couples Keep It Positive

Researchers studying marriage at the University of Washington report that happy couples in stable marriages don’t allow their relationship to be overrun by negative feelings.  In fact, say the researchers, successful couples maintain a healthy balance between their positive and … Continue reading

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Marriage Improvement Tips

Marriage is a choice and an ongoing commitment. There may be times when you question being married.  These doubts are normal and need to be looked at…instead of acted out. Marriage takes work. Consider what would happen if you gave … Continue reading

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How Happy Couples Keep Intimacy Alive

How do happy couples keep their romantic feelings alive?  Like most good things in life, it requires desire and effort.  The following tips can help you and your partner work together to maintain or rekindle your romantic edge: 1. Communicate.  … Continue reading

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Depression Increases Marital Dissatisfaction and Divorce

According to a study of married couples in the U.S., each marital partner’s level of depression predicted their own marital satisfaction and that of their spouse as well.  Depressed individuals were more dissatisfied with their marriage and their spouses were … Continue reading

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Relationships: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Although relationships often appear to end abruptly, closer inspection reveals that the disintegration of the relationship is a gradual process.  The stages that couples commonly pass through as they break up can be identified as follows: Stage 1 – Disillusionment.  … Continue reading

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