August 2, 2020

"Your relationship has reached a point where it is no longer working for either of you. But you do still love and care about each other, so you don’t want things to end.

Instead, you want to start over in your relationship and make things better this time around.

How do...

June 4, 2020

Trauma bonds occur in very toxic relationships, and tend to be strengthened by inconsistent positive reinforcement—or at least the hope of something better to come. Trauma bonds occur in extreme situations such as abusive relationships, hostage situations, and incestuo...

January 13, 2020

We don’t intentionally reject love to preserve a familiar identity. Instead, during times of closeness and intimacy, we react with behaviors that create tension in the relationship and push our loved one away.

Here are some common ways people distance themselves emotion...

1. Be curious, not critical

2. Be careful, not crushing

3. Ask, don’t assume

4. Connect, before you correct

"Are you mourning the loss of your addictive behaviors? Do you have a support team in place to offer shared experiences, counsel, guidance, and an open heart? Have you considered that sobriety is more than the cessation of abusing a substance, person, or experience; th...

March 6, 2018

Shrout and her colleague found a connection between mental health and health-compromising behaviors. Experiencing greater depression, anxiety, and distress after being cheated on were associated with an increased likelihood of engaging in a variety of health-compromisi...

January 21, 2018

"Women are also wired to connect to others, because this improves our chances of surviving in hostile environments. In other words, we seek relationships because our brains are wired to need them. This explains, in part, why two women might be more inclined to connect...

February 11, 2017

Chances are you have already met a few contenders...

In the attached article, "Gottman discovered that couples who focus their energy on building something meaningful together in their life (e.g., starting a business together) tend to last the longest. How a couple inte...

December 29, 2016

Consider the following five insights to increase your understanding of some of what a man needs from you:

1. He deeply wants you to like him and to love him for himself and not just what he can do for you.

2. He wants you to like yourself.

3. He wants you to believe in hi...

Wholeness is the experience of being sound in mind, body, and spirit; utilizing your whole potential to create the life you want and to live in authenticity, to be complete.

Why then do we say we are looking for our other half? Does that make sense? Do you want half a p...

February 22, 2016

"Sex addiction is generally characterized by a pattern of increasing, repeated sexual behavior, which is often uncontrollable despite that person's intentions and efforts to stop the behavior. Acting to fulfill one's intense and frequent sexual thoughts and fantasies w...

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Romantic Love Is An Addiction; When Healthy, It Is Wonderful, When Unhealthy, Not So Much
In Search Of Erotic Intelligence
Domestic Violence
Why Women (People) Stay
Understanding the Benefits of Marriage and Family Therapy
Bout with Depression Led Dwayne Johnson to
Trust His Intuition
Living with Schizophrenia
The Science Behind
Substance Abuse Relapse
Dolph Lundgren: Healing and Forgiveness of Trauma
Guided Meditation:
Detachment from Rumination
Dealing With Loneliness
While Self-Actualizing
Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong
The Inspiring Story of Auschwitz’ Survivor Dr. Edith Eger

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