Making Amends

How hard should one try to make up after an argument or disagreement? What might be helpful is allowing for time to heal the wound.

Building Resilience

Resilience is not merely a gift that some people possess, it is also a skill that can be learned. What a relief.

The Zebra

Do you ever find yourself with that sinking feeling when you have to address a topic for the 17th time with your partner?

Increasing Positive Interactions in Your Relationships

Do you keep score in your relationships of all the times your loved one has disappointed you? This can create a negative atmosphere that is difficult to overcome. If you expect someone to disappoint you, you will only focus on what they are doing wrong to prove you are right. The problem with this behavior is we miss-out on the good things our loved one is doing.

The Power of Listening Well

We’re busy. Our thoughts are going a million miles per hour. We’re used to having so much information flying at us, that to stop, press pause, focus, and just listen requires so much discipline.

Focus on the Home Team

Couples can actually learn a few valuable tricks from their favorite teams. According to marriage researcher, John Gottman, PhD., happy couples have a few things in common: They have friendship and admiration, they have each other’s back, they handle conflict well, and they have a sense of “we-ness”. With these characteristics, they form a pretty strong team that can handle life’s toughest challenges.

Fighting Fair

All healthy relationships encounter conflict. Learning to deal with conflict in a healthy way is paramount to keeping relationships strong. 

A Lesson in Breaking Through

Often it is important to take some time to reflect on the circumstances that bring us to this place where the way is seemingly blocked. 

Childhood Emotional Neglect

Childhood emotional neglect is a common occurrence that affects a person into adulthood. Those who’ve experienced it often have no idea it exists.