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Staying Together – Commitment & Relationships

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

When we make a commitment to our partner, our usual expectation is that our relationship will last for life and that our love will see us through the inevitable hard times. Yet, when reality sinks in, we have to acknowledge that while love is one of the components of a relationship’s longevity, it really takes more to make it through …

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Social Anxiety & Developing your Conversational Skills

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

Anyone can master the art of having good conversations with others. Those who are shy or socially anxious may see this as an unattainable goal, but with enough practice, and using the right techniques, it can enhance the quality of social life. The first skill to acquire is making eye contact. Shy people may avoid eye contact at all costs, …

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Change your Anxious Behaviors

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

The single most important strategy for overcoming social anxiety is to face your fear. Get back on the horse again. Take the car out for a drive once more. Go swimming again. Get back on an airplane. Give another speech before an audience. Go to another dinner party. Ask somebody else to go out on a date. Managing your physical …

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Developing a Plan for Building a Strong Family

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

Some people believe that their families are too troubled to change. They feel that their families bring out the worst in each other and that they are plagued with insurmountable problems. They feel hopeless about changing their family life. However, many strong families have emerged from this place of despair, often in the face of a family crisis, to achieve …

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Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries in Relationships – Some Examples

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

      Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. When two people with healthy boundaries enter into a relationship, they can find true intimacy as whole, complete and equal people. Here are some examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship boundaries                    Healthy boundaries in relationships Unhealthy boundaries in relationships Feeling like your …

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Successful Relationships: Develop Healthy Boundaries

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Good fences make good neighbors – Robert Frost Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. It means coming to know ourselves and increasing our awareness of what we stand for. It also means self-acceptance and knowing that we are OK as we are and worthy of the good things in life. When two …

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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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