Most American families (67%) do not eat dinner together regularly, and of the 1/3 who do, half of these have the television on during dinner (Retrieved from The Intentional Family, Bill Doherty). Consider this fact and the fact that many couples do not make time to be together. Is it your fault? Absolutely not! Life is busy. Your to-do list is often endless, and your priorities always change. … [Read more...] about Feeling Disconnected with Your Partner? 5 Essential Rituals of Connection That Will Improve Your Relationship
“This is just how I am when I’m in a relationship.” No, struggling with a relationship problem, such as feeling insecure in your romantic relationships, can be caused by an adult attachment style you have. Adult attachment styles are characterized by the behavior that you exhibit when your relationship is threatened. Some of these behaviors can be experiencing constant self-doubt and low … [Read more...] about Feeling Insecure in Your Relationships Your Adult Attachment Style Plays a Big Role and Here is Why
Communication is one of the most common reasons couples seek therapy. It can feel like a never-ending journey to be effectively understood by others and to better understand our partners. Unfortunately, things get in the way of understanding and being understood, in the form of unhelpful types of communication. Especially when you add kids into the equation. Lack of sleep, busy schedules, and the … [Read more...] about Navigating Communication and Parenting in a Relationship: The Four Horseman, Parenting, and Maintaining a Loving Relationship
We, almost always, expect reciprocity and fairness in our romantic relationships. We often expect loyalty as a form of repayment for our giving. If we have been wronged, we probably expect a resolution. Our actions towards others are determined by what we have received from them and by what we have given to them. In your romantic relationship, when your sense of fairness is being triggered, your … [Read more...] about Fairness in Romantic Relationships: Why Does Resentment Occur and How Can You Talk About It?
4 Things to Do to Prevent Conflict in Romantic Relationships John Gottman defines a gridlock issue as a conflict where a couple argues about the same issue frequently. For Gottman, these are the conversations where maintaining a dialogue is often challenging and a conversation can easily turn into an argument. Negative emotions such as anger, resentment or betrayal can easily be escalated, and … [Read more...] about How Can You Move the Communication from Gridlock to Dialogue?
We spend countless hours taking care of things in our lives that we depend on to keep things running smoothly. Like the saying “prevention is better than the cure”. We keep up on things that need “maintenance”, oil changes, yearly check-ups, therapy, but how often do we look under the hood of our marriage? We hear a knocking in our car and we bring it right in, but often, we ignore the clunks and … [Read more...] about Relationship Tune-Up: Making Relationship Maintenance a Priority