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Phases of the Negative Cascade – Criticism

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

Criticism involves attacking your partner’s personality or character, not just his or her behavior. There is usually an element of blame in the attack. Criticizing your partner leads to defensiveness and may encourage your partner to withdraw from you – after all, if your partner feels blamed because of a personality flaw, it would be difficult thing to repair. A …

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Negative Relationship Behaviors – The Negative Cascade

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

A relationship in trouble is one that falls into a negative cascade. One negative reaction leads to the next until there is a seemingly insurmountable wall between the two partners. Relationships that enter this destructive phase need attention and can benefit from the trustworthy, confidential intervention of a professional therapist. Sometimes the two partners fail to notice when they have …

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Positive Interactions in Relationships

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

What are positive interactions? They are found in – Showing interest in what your partner is saying, – Expressing affection to your partner both verbally (“I love you”) and nonverbally (holding hands, doing kind little things), – Showing you care – perhaps by making a phone call during the day or bringing home flowers, – Showing appreciation by remembering the …

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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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Coping with Stress and Crisis in the Family

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

A crisis is a time of decision, the outcome of which may be positive or negative. Some families fall apart when faced with a crisis like illness, death, or financial setbacks. All families experience the challenge of a crisis at certain times. Strong families, however, have the ability to pull together and draw on each other’s strengths when they are …

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Cultivating Your Spiritual Wellness in the Family

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

One characteristic of strong families is a shared belief One characteristic of strong families is a shared belief in a greater power that guides ethical behavior, concern for others, and unity with living things. These shared beliefs help to create a bond between family members, as well as providing a framework for love, purpose, security, hope, and peace. The guidelines …

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Strong Families & Spending Time Together

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Creating a Strong, Supportive Family

Strong families spend a great deal of time together And the time spent is not always in planned events. Just spending time, doing nothing in particular, eases our feelings of isolation and loneliness, builds relationships, contributes to a feeling of security, and helps to create a sense of family identity. Individual family members should find time when two people can …

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