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Couples & Communication – Part 3

  Obstacles to Good Listening Real listening is a skill that takes practice and an honest look into how you deal with the world. If you tend to take a distrustful or combative stance toward other people most of the time, it may be hard to engage in healthy and open listening. The same holds true if you need to …

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Communication & Couples – Part 2

Effective Listening Skills The first step in mastering good listening skills is to become aware of why listening is important in your life and your relationships. And the next step is simply to start doing it. Practice active listening whenever you can. Here are few rules to start the process: – Never interrupt when the other person is speaking. Allow …

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Communication & Couples – Part 1

EFFECTIVE  AND ACTIVE COMMUNICATION REQUIRES ONE PERSON TO TALK AND THE OTHER TO LISTEN..AND BOTH TO DO THEIR PART WELL Listening is the other half of communication. Our first though, when we think about communication, may be to consider the speaker’s ability to convey ideas effectively. What we forget is that without a listener the speaker may as well be …

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Couples Arguing – Part 2

 Relationship Guiding Principles If arguments begin to have a deteriorating effect on a relationship and no resolution appears in sight, it is time to examine the level of commitment each of the partners has to the relationship. This is sometimes a basic issue that remains unresolved by two partners. People avoid this topic out of fear that their partner may …

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Couples Arguing – Part 1

All couples deal with conflicts. This is a normal and expected part of any relationship. Of course, some relationship experts say that arguing is healthy, while others say beware. While an occasional argument might be unavoidable and can even ultimately clarify boundaries within the relationship, a pattern of habitual fighting left unchecked puts the relationship at risk. Granted, when couples …

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Protecting Your Marriage

The dissolution of a marriage is a painful experience. Who starts a marriage expecting to divorce? Yet significant percentage of marriages end eventually in a divorce. So what does it take to shield your relationship from series of choices that bring the relationship to an end? Professionals agree that to value and prioritize the relationship and consistently nurturing the relationship …

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Couples & Intimacy – Part 4

THE ABILITY TO TRUST It is difficult to achieve intimacy in a relationship unless we have the ability to trust. We tend to focus on other people when we think about trust – that is, we might ask, who out there can be trusted and who cannot? But it may be more helpful to look inside and to think about …

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Couples & Intimacy – Part 3

A number of research studies have shown persuasively that people in intimate relationships live longer and happier lives than those who are not. For example, we know that people in marriages or other committed relationships live longer than people who are single. In one classic study researchers found that 95 percent of people who described their parents as uncaring had …

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Couples & Intimacy – Part 2

Each person seems to understand the intimate experience in his or her own way. In a sense it takes a journey of personal discovery to learn how to share intimacy with another person. Here are some guidelines that may help to define that journey– Know Your Self: Get in touch with your own private experiences. In our stressed-out world this …

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Couples & Intimacy – Part 1

BUILDING INTIMACY IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP Some of us search our entire lives for a feeling of oneness with another person. It’s hard to describe, really, what we search for, but we know it when we finally achieve it. Maybe we tire of that dark feeling of being ultimately alone as we struggle through life. If only there were someone else …

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