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Relationships & Boundaries

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series successful Relationships

Here are some ways in which unhealthy boundaries may show themselves in our relationships, along with some remedies: – Lack of a Sense of Identity When someone lacks a sense of his own identity and the boundaries that protect him/her, that person tends to draw their identity from their partner. He/She becomes willing to do anything it takes to make …

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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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Shielding your Relationship from Divorce

The break of a relationship is a painful experience. Who starts a marriage expecting to divorce? Yet significant percentage of marriages end eventually in a divorce. So what does it take to insulate your relationship from series of choices that bring the relationship to an end? Professionals agree that to value and prioritize the relationship and consistently nurturing the relationship …

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Birth Order, Behaviors, & Relationships

THE INFLUENCE OF BIRTH ORDER – Part 1 If brothers and sisters are raised by the same parents, how do they end up so different? How is it that one sibling grows up to be successful academically and professionally but with few friends, while another becomes the athlete with loads of friends? To the degree that one of the siblings …

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Relationship Conflicts – Part 5

Understanding the sources of conflict in your relationship is one step towards resolving the differences between you. When we can get the problems out in the open and talk about them objectively, we can often find the solutions. Use the list below as a starting point for shedding some light on your relationship conflicts, which may now be hidden but …

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Relationship Conflicts – Part 4

The process of projection in a relationship is not always one-sided. Things can get complicated when both partners are mutually engaged in this process – and this is a common occurrence. It becomes difficult for the partners to see where the problem lies. Take a look at the following example. An Example – Chris and Pat Chris grew up in …

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Relationship Conflicts – Part 1

Relationships are seldom as simple as we would like. They bring out our needs, anxieties, and conflicts with people from our past – parents, friends, and former partners. When we enter into a relationship we expect to be loved just for being who we are. A relationship should provide a safe zone where our partner values us for expressing our …

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Loneliness

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Understanding Loneliness

Only the lonely, Know the way I feel tonight, Only the lonely, Know this feeling ain’t right – Roy Orbison If you feel lonely, you’re not alone. Loneliness is a subjective sense of isolation – a feeling of not being able to connect with other people, a sense of being apart. As humans, we feel the need to be with …

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Defining Characteristics of Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

The addictive quest for pleasure has some defining characteristics. Many addictions aim to increase arousal. This is the all-powerful feeling that might come from cocaine, amphetamines, the first few drinks of alcohol, shoplifting, sexual acting out or gambling. This omnipotent feeling, however, is eventually undermined when the addict realizes that a dependency has been formed. A feeling of fear replaces …

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What is Forgiveness?

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not a way of forgetting the past. Indeed, if you have been harmed, you should not forget it. You can learn from the past about how to avoid being harmed in the future. Nor is forgiveness a way of exonerating the perpetrator. Recognize that the harm did happen, that the other person is responsible for this and must …

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