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Marriage & Conflicts- Part 1

All married couples argue. 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 first …

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Marriage & Growth- Part 4

Learn to Self-Soothe in the Face of Conflict We blame our partners when we feel discomfort, and this tends to create distance within an emotionally committed relationship. The distance, then, creates a feeling of further discomfort. The clue to dealing with this dilemma is to learn how to soothe your own emotional pain. This can open the way to more …

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Marriage & Growth- Part 3

Being Yourself in a Relationship This means holding onto yourself within a relationship, staying true to what you want out of life while sharing your life with a partner. Differentiation allows us to break free from the negative processes that happen between partners in any relationship. It allows us to take a time out from arguments in order to comfort …

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Marriage & Growth- Part 2

Relationships mature over time. The initial attraction may be physical, and this may carry the relationship for some time to the point of making an emotional commitment. Then the excitement and promise of sharing our life with another person can lead to a stage of heightened expectations where we ignore or minimize the discomfort that we may feel from time …

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Anxiety or Stress- Part 2

MOST COMMON ANXIETY DISORDERS 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 …

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Anxiety or Stress- Part 1

Everyday life stress & Anxiety disorders. Handling stress in everyday life 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 …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 4

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 trust also as something …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 2

In a marriage 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 …

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Marriage & Intimacy- Part 1

Many people search for that special intimacy in their 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 …

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Couples & Unemotional Partner- Part 5

MARRIAGE & EMOTIONALLY AVAILABLE PARTNERS How emotionally available are you ? Circle “T” or “F” to describe how you respond to the following situations. The more “True” answers you circle, the likelier you are to have difficulty with emotional availability (T)(F) I seldom cry. (T)(F) If I feel like crying, I try everything I can to stop myself. (T)(F) I seldom saw my …

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