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Effective Communication

actively listening to your partner

Effective communication is authentic – meaning honest and congruent. Say what you think or feel, and mean what you say. You probably assume you already do this, yet dishonesty is more common than you might guess (we often even fool ourselves about our own dishonesty). When you outwardly agree but inwardly don’t, you are being dishonest. Whether you want to: …

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Is your Relationship Healthy ?

Couples therapy, Power struggles or Empathy

Is the communication between you and your partner open or a constant issue? Do you try to fix or control one another? Do you feel distant and/or disconnected? Are you able to express your needs and feelings? Do either of you seem to always have to be right? Are conflicts directly resolved or do they go unresolved? Do you trust …

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Resolving Conflicts

San Diego marriage counseling and couples Therapy

As long as relationships exist, conflicts and disagreements will always be part of them. As soon as you put two human beings together, you have two cultures, two backgrounds, two frame of reference, two mindset, two families of origin, two ways of doing things etc. Conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. Depending of the family of origin and even the culture …

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Signs of Controlling Relationships

couples therapy & controlling people
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

Some Signs of Being Controlled Here are some signs of being controlled in a relationship … 1- Feeling drained of energy if you need to spend much time in the presence of the controller. 2- Needing to find time alone or out of the house. 3- Fantasizing frequently about some future time when you are free, independent, and able to …

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Controller or controlled?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

Who has the problem, the controller or the one controlled? The controller may describe herself as a person having weaknesses, insecurities, and many needs. On the more positive side she may say that she want to get close to the other person. The controller is just reaching out to someone else to have these needs met. She seldom sees herself …

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Controlling People

Counseling marriage & Protecting your relationship
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

The conflicts that develop over control issues may suggest the struggles the child experiences as she grows up. Part of our development involves the child striving to gain a sense of independence and integrity while the parent needs to control the behavior of the child. This may not be the ideal description of growing up in a healthy way, but …

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Dealing with Controlling People

couples therapy & controlling people
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Relationships & Controlling People

“If I Win, You Lose” is Not the Only Option Open to Us Control, like most facets of human behavior, is probably best experienced in moderation. At one end of the spectrum, control is a positive, adaptive tool. For example, control over prolonged and constant chaos in our lives is usually a good thing. At the other end, control can …

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Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety, Anxiety Therapy
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Overcoming Anxiety

Those who deal with anxiety in a positive way usually have: – a sense of self-determination – a feeling of involvement in life’s experiences, and – an ability to change negative into positive thinking. Self-determination refers to a personal ability to control or adapt to the events of everyday living. A great deal of anxiety is perpetuated by how we …

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Anxiety Disorders

san diego anxiety counseling
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Overcoming Anxiety

An anxiety disorder lasts longer than normal anxiety, is more intense, and can lead to fears that interfere with the ability to function in daily life. Here are some of the more common types of anxiety disorders : – Generalized Anxiety Disorder occurs when a person has endured, for at least six months, a state of excessive worry, feeling on …

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Dealing With Anxiety

Depression Therapy & Anxiety Therapy
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Overcoming Anxiety

Stress happens when we perceive an event as disturbing or threatening. Our primitive ancestors experienced stress when they had to fight off wild animals, invaders, adverse natural events, and other threats to their survival. These days we are more likely to feel the anxiety that emerges from stress when we face overwhelming responsibilities at work or home, experience loneliness, rejection, …

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