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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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Social Media & Depression

The higher use of social media has been suspected to be a catalyst for young people’s higher rates of depression compared to previous generations. New research suggests that, indeed, there is a relationship between one’s use of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, etc.) and depression. The April, 2016, issue of Depression and Anxiety reported a study in …

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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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Finding Intimacy

San Diego marriage therapy
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Couples & Intimacy

How Do We Reach Intimacy? 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. …

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Relationships & Intimacy

San Diego marriage counseling and couples Therapy
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Couples & Intimacy

 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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Listening to Children

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Actively Listening

LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN Children need to be heard. Listening to children gives them the feeling that they count, that they matter. They can draw on the strength and experience of an adult whom they trust – and they trust those who give them stable and consistent attention. It is during childhood that they develop a level of self-esteem that …

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Couples Listening

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Actively Listening

A Listening Exercise for Couples Reciprocal listening is a powerful tool for couples who need to improve their communication. Couples who try this may become aware of how limited their communication has been in the past. They also learn an effective technique, which can increase the respect, trust, and intimacy of their relationship. This exercise may seem structured and perhaps …

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Good Communication

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Actively Listening

Good Communicators Are Active Listeners Obstacles to Good Listening Real listening is a skill that takes practice and an honest look into how you deal with the world. If you tend to take a distrustful or combative stance toward other people most of the time, it may be hard to engage in healthy and open listening. The same holds true …

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