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Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2014’

Is your teenage son/daughter depressed?

Depression is a serious problem. It impacts every aspect of the depressed teenager’s life. When feeling depressed, they procrastinate and are unable to complete tasks. They may make promises they won’t keep. Depending upon their level of depression, they may not feel like doing anything. Teen depression can lead to alcohol and drug, self-hatred, violence, and even suicide. If your …

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Being Yourself in a Relationship

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

David Schnarch, Ph.D., the author of Passionate Marriage, suggests that in order to grow within an emotionally committed relationship, we must experience the process of “differentiation.” This means holding onto yourself within a relationship, staying true to what you want out of life while sharing your life with a partner. Differentiation allows us to break free from the negative processes …

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Give Your Relationship Time To Mature

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

Relationships mature over time. The initial attraction may be physical, and this may carry the relationship for some time to the point of making an emotional commitment. Then the excitement and promise of sharing our life with another person can lead to a stage of heightened expectations where we ignore or minimize the discomfort that we may feel from time …

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Enhancing Your Relationship

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

“To become acquainted with oneself is a terrible shock.”– Carl Jung Emotionally committed relationships bring excitement and passion into our lives, especially when they are new.  Over time, however, we come across roadblocks based in personal issues that can distance us from our partners.   When we first enter into a committed relationship, we may think that we have found the …

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Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Relational Therapy John Gottman, in his book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail”, points out four strategies for improving relationships. Most of us are not especially adept at these skills, especially when we enter into a significant life relationship, but learning them gives us a good chance to increase the success of both our relationship and our total …

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