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Communication & Couples – Part 1

EFFECTIVE  AND ACTIVE COMMUNICATION REQUIRES ONE PERSON TO TALK AND THE OTHER TO LISTEN..AND BOTH TO DO THEIR PART WELL Listening is the other half of communication. Our first though, when we think about communication, may be to consider the speaker’s ability to convey ideas effectively. What we forget is that without a listener the speaker may as well be …

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Couples & Intimacy – Part 2

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 stressed-out world this …

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Couples & Intimacy – Part 1

BUILDING INTIMACY IN YOUR 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 only there were someone else …

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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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Boundaries In Relationships

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

Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. When two people with healthy boundaries enter into a relationship, they can find true intimacy as whole, complete and equal people. Here are some examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship boundaries Healthy boundaries in relationships Unhealthy boundaries in relationships Feeling like your own person Feeling incomplete …

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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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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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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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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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