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Infidelity Crisis

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series The Infidelity Crisis

Some affairs lack any emotional commitment, while others involve a deeper level of intimacy and connection than is found within the primary relationship. While a marriage or relationship may survive the former, as long as the underlying issues are brought out into the open and worked through, the latter type is not as hopeful. The couple would have to put …

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The Crisis of Infidelity

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series The Infidelity Crisis

The single most destructive threat to a committed relationship is when one of the partners engages in a sexual relationship with another person. This is not an uncommon event. Conservative estimates suggest that about a quarter of women, and a third of men, have violated their marital commitment to their partners. About 65 percent of marriages struck by infidelity end …

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Dealing Assertively with Insults

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Assertive Communication

How to Deal Assertively with Insults All of us have had the experience of being insulted, and it is most uncomfortable. An insult can easily mess up your day, if not your week. Insulting another person is a form of aggression (unless, of course, it can clearly be defined as banter between trusted friends). When you are insulted, you may …

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Assertiveness

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Assertive Communication

We see instances of nonassertive behavior around us everyday. Most people who lack an assertive style are simply those who want to keep the peace. For the most part, they want goodness and cooperation between people. However, they often pay a high price for this in terms of functioning effectively in the world. There are negative consequences associated with the …

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Controlling Your Anger

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Anger

Controlling the Escalation of Anger When anger goes out of control the consequences can be devastating and irreparable. When people have a destructive angry episode, there is a series of steps involved in the escalation of the interaction. We should aim to stop the escalation before it spirals completely out of control. We can learn to break into this chain …

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Exploring Anger

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Anger

An Exercise for Exploring Anger Do this exercise once a day for a month or so. It only takes a few minutes. This exercise encourages you to explore your anger so that you can take a more contained approach toward it. Find a quiet time and place with no distractions (turn off the TV and background music). Close your eyes …

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Positive Approach Toward Anger

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Anger

Some Suggestions for Taking a Positive Approach Toward Anger – The most important thing one can do to manage anger is to get to know this emotion, and to know it well. Ask yourself the following questions. What triggers my anger? Are there any themes in these triggers (for example, feeling condemned, feeling controlled by others, feeling rejected)? What happens …

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Directing Anger Inward

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Anger

Many people have been made to feel ashamed for having anger. If our self-esteem has been damaged, we are ripe candidates for blaming ourselves when we are angry. Women may be particularly susceptible because of cultural expectations to be nice. We may learn to direct our anger inward, toward ourselves, rather than attributing it to a perceived threat in the …

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Directing Anger Toward Others

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Anger

Those who were told in childhood to avoid anger may never come to know what their anger is all about. Thus, they fear the emergence of angry feelings and when their anger is triggered, they may find themselves out of control. Indeed, for those who are unfamiliar with anger, the likelihood of catapulting into rage becomes a real possibility. When …

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Anger & Relationships

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Anger

Managing a Powerful Emotion All of us get angry – although some people might not like to believe this. Anger is an emotion that can occur when there is a threat to our self-esteem, our bodies, our property, our ways of seeing the world, or our desires. People differ in what makes them angry. Some people will perceive an event …

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