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How Is Your Marriage Doing?

Is the communication between you and your partner open or a constant issue? Does each one of you try to fix or control the other one? Do you feel distant and/or disconnect? Are you able to express your needs and feelings? Does one of you have always the need to be right? Are conflict faced directly resolved or go unresolved? …

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Resilience & Personality – Part 4

Dealing With Emotional Pain When a person undergoes a life disruption, it may not advisable to take medication that will alleviate the pain immediately. When pain is alleviated with medication, the person’s motivation to make changes is reduced. And there is a great deal to learn from the process of managing emotional pain. (Of course, there are times when medication …

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Resilience & Personality – Part 3

Those who are resilient have many of the following characteristics A Sense of Hope and Trust in the World Those who are resilient seem to believe in the basic goodness of the world and trust that things will turn out all right in the end. This positive attitude allows them to weather times when everything seems bleak and to look …

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Resilience & Personality – Part 2

Bouncing Back from Hardship We all have the capacity to reorganize our lives after a disruption and to achieve new levels of order and meaningfulness if we know how to activate our resilience. In fact, in order to mature through the process of meaningful change and reintegration, we may need to experience life disruptions. In other words, life disruptions are …

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Resolving Conflicts – Part 4

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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Resolving Conflicts – Part 3

Constructive Relationship Guidelines In addition to reaching a good understanding of the nature of the commitment, there are several other guidelines that can be explored when a couple decides to bring their arguments to a more constructive level. It is better to be close and happy than to be right. Blaming each other and trying to change the other person’s …

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Resolving Conflicts – Part 2

Constructive Relationship Guidelines If arguments begin to have a deteriorating effect on a relationship and no resolution appears in sight, it is time to examine the level of commitment each of the partners has to the relationship. This is sometimes a basic issue that remains unresolved by two partners. People avoid this topic out of fear that their partner may …

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Resolving Conflicts – Part 1

 All 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 meet, …

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Intimacy & Trust

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Couples & Intimacy

THE ABILITY TO TRUST  It is difficult to achieve intimacy in a relationship unless we have the ability to trust. We tend to ficus 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 …

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Intimacy & Health

San Diego Couples Therapy
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Couples & Intimacy

A number of research studies have shown persuasively that people in intimate relationships live longer and happier lives than those who are not. For example, we know that people in marriages or other committed relationships live longer than people who are single. In one classic study researchers found that 95 percent of people who described their parents as uncaring had …

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