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Enhancing Your Relationship

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

“To become acquainted with oneself is a terrible shock.”– Carl Jung Emotionally committed relationships bring excitement and passion into our lives, especially when they are new.  Over time, however, we come across roadblocks based in personal issues that can distance us from our partners.   When we first enter into a committed relationship, we may think that we have found the …

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Give Your Relationship Time To Mature

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

Relationships mature over time. The initial attraction may be physical, and this may carry the relationship for some time to the point of making an emotional commitment. Then the excitement and promise of sharing our life with another person can lead to a stage of heightened expectations where we ignore or minimize the discomfort that we may feel from time …

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Being Yourself in a Relationship

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

David Schnarch, Ph.D., the author of Passionate Marriage, suggests that in order to grow within an emotionally committed relationship, we must experience the process of “differentiation.” This means holding onto yourself within a relationship, staying true to what you want out of life while sharing your life with a partner. Differentiation allows us to break free from the negative processes …

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Learn to Self-Soothe in the Face of Conflict

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Strategies for Enhancing Your Relationship

We blame our partners when we feel discomfort, and this tends to create distance within an emotionally committed relationship. The distance, then, creates a feeling of further discomfort. The clue to dealing with this dilemma is to learn how to soothe your own emotional pain. This can open the way to more passion and closeness in your relationship. Schnarch offers …

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