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You’re Not Crazy:  5 Signs You’re Experiencing Gaslighting

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Gaslighting is a tactic meant to shut you down and shut you out by using your worst fears and insecurities against you… No, you are not crazy! Have you ever been in a disagreement with someone that started out completely calm and rational and quickly spiraled into disaster? Gaslighting is a powerful tool that people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder use …

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Is Your Relationship Healthy? 10 Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

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Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no such thing as a “perfect marriage,” but there are some characteristics that healthy relationships share. A relationship is something that is supposed to lend you support and provide you with the emotional stability that keeps you mentally and physically healthy. A healthy relationship not only brings out the best in you, but it also makes you feel …

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Surviving Infidelity: Rebuilding Trust is Possible

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Reading Time: 9 minutes Although staying in a relationship after infidelity is extremely difficult if two people are committed, then rebuilding is possible. Many things go on in a marriage that can create distrust and resentment, but none so hurtful and shattering as infidelity. Infidelity can involve emotionally or physically turning to someone other than your significant other. And it destroys any trust and …

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Is Having an Emotional Affair Cheating? The Signs and Stages of Emotional Infidelity

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Reading Time: 12 minutes Do you suspect your partner is having an emotional affair? Or maybe you are struggling with a growing emotional connection within a friendship. When does an uncomplicated friendship cross that critical line into emotional cheating?  Unlike the rules about physical infidelities, an emotional affair is far more complicated. It’s not always black and white.  Clearly, sex is easy to define …

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What is Intimacy? How to Develop Intimacy In Your Relationship

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Reading Time: 12 minutes “Physical intimacy isn’t and can never be an effective substitute for emotional intimacy.” John Green What is intimacy? Often, the term intimacy gets conflated with sex. After all, an entire industry is built around the conviction that sex is the ultimate connection with another person. But sex is only a fraction of the experience. A romantic relationship is a whirlwind …

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Are you a Serial Monogamist…What Does it say About you?

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Reading Time: 6 minutes “I think biologically we are attracted to more than one person, but given society and our needs, monogamy works better” – Nancy Friday Since human beings passed the primal stage of hunting and gathering, many have questioned whether monogamy is natural or not. Or, if it is a social construct meant to keep people in line. And to produce a …

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The 5 Stages All Relationships Go Through

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Reading Time: 7 minutes First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love. Maya Angelou What happens to a relationship when the initial butterflies settle down? Or when a relationship moves through a crisis? Something is waiting for you on the other …

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Is This Love? How to Know if You’re in Love

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Reading Time: 5 minutes When you ask people to describe love, it is like their mind has a vision, but to explain it is nearly impossible. That’s why it is so difficult to have any real definition of what love is and how to know when you are in it. If you have hit a point in your relationship where you might be wondering …

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Love and Anxiety: How to Help an Anxious Partner

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Reading Time: 11 minutes What if he doesn’t love me? Is he cheating? He’s late, what if he isn’t coming home? I found a receipt in his pocket for two lunches today, who did he eat with – another woman? I’ve gained ten pounds, will he stop loving me? He didn’t say “I love you” back, does that mean something? When he looked at …

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5 Podcasts to Improve Your Relationship

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Reading Time: 7 minutes We are living in the age of the podcast — an audio format ideally suited to long drives, dog walks, and deep listening. Podcasts offer space for discussions that are typically not heard over radio waves. Podcast episodes put it all on the table, in real and honest ways. If you’ve ever considered couples therapy, have you ever considered the …