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March 28, 2020

When entering a committed relationship, the great majority of us do so with the full intention of being together for life. Ideally, breaking that commitment shouldn’t be easy or quick. In my opinion, unhappiness is not a valid reason to break a commitment; it is simply an indication that there is work to be done....

March 28, 2020

First, this is my favorite one, regular, safe, good sex. Committed monogamous partners have more and better sex than singles and noncommitted partners. Second, companionship. We’re social beings, we’re comforted by closeness. Married people are healthier, happier and live longer than singles. Third, intimacy. Emotional closeness and love and trust and mutual support, it builds...

March 28, 2020

The question of when a relationship is committed is a source of much confusion and debate. We live in a time when the marriage rate is going down, the co-habitation rate is going up, and many first-born children are now born to unmarried parents. Yet, when I ask an unmarried couple “Is your relationship committed?”...

March 28, 2020

Dating This is when you’re single and you are getting together with another single person and you are not exclusive, but you are getting to know this person, and you might have a few dates before you decide to become exclusive. This is the stage that some people stay in for years. Other people, on...

March 28, 2020

Relationship issues can generally be divided into “solvable” and “unsolvable” categories. Solvable relationship problems are generally related to your Needs. The most common relationship needs are Emotional and Functional. Your emotional needs are what you need to feel loved. Your functional needs are what you need for your life to work in a way that...

March 28, 2020

If you did something wrong, correct it. If you can’t change what has been done, apologize and commit to not doing it again – and don’t. You will notice in the following examples that none of the statements say ‘you’ – they are ‘I’ statements.   When you need to stop a discussion from escalating,...

March 28, 2020

If you did something wrong, correct it. If you can’t change what has been done, apologize and commit to not doing it again – and don’t. You will notice in the following examples that none of the statements say ‘you’ – they are ‘I’ statements.   When you need to stop a discussion from escalating,...

March 28, 2020

John Gottman, PhD, has administered research studies with couples since 1973 and determined what behaviors most often predict success or failure in a relationship.   Here are some tips that are recommended from the Gottman Institute website (www.gottman.com):    Mind what you say – Couples who avoid saying every critical thought that came to them about...

March 28, 2020

What’s easier: Working toward your goals alone through trial and error, or working with someone who can guide you to set goals, cheer you on and hold you accountable as you work on the goals? I believe the answer is obvious.   Imagine yourself with a set plan and just the right guidance and motivation?...

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