How Our Polarizing President is Causing Many Relationships to Break-Up

Typically, political differences in relationships haven’t had a negative effect on those in relationships. That’s mainly because most couples have learned how to compartmentalize their political views in their relationship. However, our current political climate is an entirely different animal. In a recent survey, researchers from Wakefield Research wanted to take a look at the Read More…

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Is Exercise Better than Counseling?

Most of us know the benefits of exercising for both the mind and body. Exercise helps improve our mood, lowers our stress level, and is important for physical fitness. However, there may also be additional benefits, especially if you exercise together as a couple. In fact, exercising as a couple is another way to help Read More…

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5 Tips on Dealing with Mother-in-Law Madness!

While it’s a common joke that a mother-in-law may act like a “monster-in-law,” there is a grain of truth to it as well. An overbearing mother-in-law can exact a heavy toll on a relationship, causing significant stress affecting everyone involved. However, there are steps that couples can take to manage the situation and to prevent Read More…

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3 Ways Children of Divorce Struggle in Their Adult Relationships

Most of us know our past experiences can have an effect on how we relate to other people. Children of divorce seem to have a reputation for having more relationship problems as adults. Research shows that they are, in fact, more likely to divorce themselves, compared to children who grow up in two-parent, intact families. Read More…

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Relationship

Are you looking to improve your relationship with your partner? Have there been times when one or both of you became emotionally triggered, causing a small argument to turn into a major blowup? Mindfulness can be a helpful tool for couples looking to strengthen their relationships, improve communication, and develop a greater sense of self and Read More…

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Why You Always End Up With the Same Partner

It’s a common Hollywood movie theme. We all know people who can’t seem to get a romance off the ground. In the movies, the central character always picks the wrong partner and winds up alone at home. Yet by the end of the film, they find themselves meeting the “perfect partner.” In the real world Read More…

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First (Date) Impressions:  Why Physical Cues are Critical

Most of us understand the concept of making a “good first impression.” Whether it’s a first date or a job interview, people tend to make first impressions very quickly. In Psychology Today, Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D. notes that recent research indicates the importance of first impressions. In fact, they may persist long after we learn more about a person, for better or Read More…

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Is Technology Destroying your Relationship?

I love my iPhone, and I also think our technological advances are really amazing. However, with many new tech devices, the excessive use and a lack of moderation can be problematic. Most of us would have to admit that we’ve experienced the unpleasantness of “technoference,” the term coined to describe intrusions and interruptions in our Read More…

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Are You Relying On Your Partner to Make you Happy?

Earlier this month Seth Adam Smith posted a thought-provoking article on his blog, which you can read here: http://sethadamsmith.com/2013/11/02/marriage-isnt-for-you/. The premise of his article, titled “Marriage Isn’t For You” is that you don’t get married to make yourself happy, but to make your partner happy. Love and marriage is all about the other person and Read More…

Do You Know How to Bridge that Great Divide?

Late last winter I met with one couple who were very distant from one another. Interestingly, they weren’t fighting very often (but did from time to time)!  They were however, so disconnected from one another that it was as if they lived in separate homes.  They had two young children and yet had been married Read More…