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How to stop arguing so much

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It happens almost without warning. All of a sudden you’re in an argument with your partner. In the back of your head you’re thinking, “Why are we having this argument? This is such a little thing.” Or, “You’re telling the story so wrong.” And the argument continues (and usually escalates) until one of you gets … Read more

Guarding the Heart Against Illusions

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“I can’t believe I did that! What was I thinking!?” “Why did I fall for him? How could I have not seen what a jerk he is!” “Ugh! That business deal seemed like a can’t miss! It felt SO right, and now I’ve lost a ton of money!” We have all run across many optical … Read more

11 ways to leverage this season of social distancing

social-distancing

You might have been wishing for an impromptu getaway or a relaxing “staycation,” either alone or with your partner, just a few weeks ago… Now, you’re either doing a happy dance or regretting that wish. I won’t make you answer which you relate to right now, but I’d like to offer some suggestions for leveraging … Read more

sacred spaces for relationships

relationship sacred space

Some spaces are just sacred, whether we treat them as such or not. And, while we all SAY it’s important to limit our screen time and choose times and places safe from the interruption of our devices… not many of us are doing it. Perhaps that’s because, although we acknowledge the danger, we don’t see … Read more

four strategies to get what you want in your relationship

four communication strategies

It happened again. When Angela asked her husband Justin to help her fold the laundry, he sarcastically complained about her lack of appreciation for all the things that he did for the family. Angela thought to herself, “What the heck just happened here? We’re getting into a conflict over the laundry! Is there any hope … Read more

how to be the affair that never happened

avoiding infidelity

Who is the most likely candidate to become involved in an affair? I invite you to check out my latest blog entry for Marriage.com entitled “Three Be’s to Avoid Infidelity.” You might be surprised. There in the counseling session, Kim’s emotions ricocheted from hot anger to numb stupor to intense heartache as she poured out her … Read more

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