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Successful Relationships: Remedies to Unhealthy Boundaries

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Here are some ways in which unhealthy boundaries may show themselves in our relationships, along with some remedies –   Lack of a Sense of Identity   When we lack a sense of our own identity and the boundaries that protect us, we tend to draw our identities from our partner. We can’t imagine who we would be without our relationship. We …

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Sucessful Relationships: Boundaries & Family Background

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Unhealthy boundaries often emerge from dysfunctional family backgrounds. The needs of parents or other adults in a family are sometimes so overwhelming that the task of raising children is demoted to a secondary role, and dysfunction is the likely result. Consider the role of the father who screams at his children or becomes physically abusive with them as a way …

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Successful Relationships: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

A successful relationship is composed of two individuals – each with a clearly defined sense of her or his own identity. Without our own understanding of self, of who we are, and what makes us unique, it is difficult to engage in the process of an ongoing relationship in a way that functions smoothly and enhances each of the partners. …

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Working to Improve Your Relationship – Ask Your Partner to Help You Solve Your Problem

This is the the sixth post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at so practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Ask Your Partner to Help You Solve Your Problem Rather than blaming your partner and creating an air of defensiveness, try reframing the …

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Couples & Conflict Resolution – Relax Your Definitions of the Power Struggle

This is the the fifth post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at so practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Relax Your Definitions of the Power Struggle When we are involved in a relationship conflict we often resort to all-or-nothing thinking, and it …

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Improve Your Relationship – Do Something Different

This is the the fourth post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Do the Exact Opposite of What You Have Been Doing Each partner in a relationship plays a role. It is important to identify the …

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Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship – Take Care of Your Own Needs

This is the the third post in our series “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” In this part of the series we will be looking at so practical ways that you, working alone, can improve a relationship Take Care of Your Own Needs We often look to our partner to provide for our needs, and this can be a big …

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Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship – Taking a look at yourself

This is the second post in our “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” series Working alone on a relationship problem can mean that you have to take a look at your own issues and your contribution to the difficulties with your partner. While this challenge is not always easy, the payoff in terms of your own emotional wellness can be …

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Creating a Sucessful Relationship

This is the first post in our series on “Working Alone to Improve Your Relationship” You Can Create a Successful Relationship – Even If You Must Do It Alone Conflicts can be expected to arise in even the strongest of relationships. Two people who attempt to create a relationship always bring their own issues, backgrounds, expectations, personalities, and inner difficulties …

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Arguing Constructively: Dirty Fighting

marriage counseling: couple arguing

When you use dirty fighting techniques to win an argument, both you and your partner ultimately lose! Communication Patterns You Should Avoid   Escalating Here you quickly move from the main issue of the argument to questioning your partner’s basic personality, and then move on to wondering whether the relationship is even worth it. Timing This involves catching your partner …

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