Posts Tagged ‘Relationships’

Valentine’s Day Relationship Skill: Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now 

by Joni Mitchell

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

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Valentine’s Day DIY Romantic Body Massage Oil

Banish those negative feelings! Nurturing your connection is important. It’s important to connect positively every day! Research by John Gottman, Ph.D.,  the grandaddy of  marriage counseling, shows that for every negative interaction, five positive ones are needed to compensate to keep up a positive balance of feelings.  Happy, stable marriages naturally fall into the 5:1 ratio. The good news is you can consciously make an effort to happily tease your partner, be interested in what s/he has to say, or spontaneously burst into song and dance in the living room!

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Featured in PsychCentral: Codependent Relationships

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Istock/Brosa

I was featured in an article in PsychCentral ! Take a look below and then mosey on over to PsychCentral to read the rest!

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Top Apps for 5 to 8 Year Old Children

If you are looking for the best apps for kids 5-8 years old who are kindergartners and young elementary kids, you need such apps that balance education, creativity, and fun. In choosing apps for kids, you need more than just the regular arcade games to find the best outlet for the kids’ creativity and emotions.

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Three: Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotion Focused Therapy: Modifying Adult Attachment Patterns

 

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Istock/DNY59

Today we’ll examine some of the concepts of Dr. Sue Johnson’s work in relationship therapy. I draw heavily on her work as well Dr. Gottman’s work when conducting relationship sessions.

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Two: Dr. John Gottman and What Predicts Divorce?

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Today we’ll examine one aspect of Dr. John Gottman’s work. He provides clear, evidence-based information distilled from his many years of research about what predicts divorce.

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Part One: The Complexity of Marriage and Marriage Counseling

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Do you sometimes wonder why there’s a general feeling of negativity in your relationship?

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Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Relationship: The Listening Door

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven 

by William Butler Yeats

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light

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Five Sweet Ideas for Remembering Someone You Love

You hopefully have plenty of lovely people in your life. Friends and family can be an amazing support network when it comes to dealing with tough times and sharing the joy of the good times.

Valentine's Day Assortment

It is important that you occasionally remember your loved ones and let them know how much they mean for you.

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Research review: Feelings about losing your virginity

Different people view loss of virginity differently (istock:Yuri)

Different people view loss of virginity differently (istock:Yuri)

In our culture, there are many emotional, social and psychological connotations surrounding loss of virginity and these are heavily influenced by gender.  Losing your virginity is a personal emotional milestone. There’s been very little formal research about how people feel about losing their virginity. Here’s an overview of two studies that extend our knowledge about how people feel about losing their virginity.

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