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The Neuroscience Behind Why We Love, Who We Choose and Partnership Happiness

In the area of partner compatibility, the work of Dr. Helen Fisher into the brain substrates of romantic love and attachment stands out as quite unique and phenomenally interesting. I would like to offer you a brief summary here. Dr. Fisher has spent decades taking brain scans of thousands of subjects, hoping to discover the […]

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How to Succeed in Couples Therapy

What Makes Some Couples Therapies Succeed While Others Struggle to Make Progress I was recently interviewed by a graduate student who is working on designing an app to help couples enhance their satisfaction with their relationships. In an industry dominated with dating apps, he wondered why there were no apps helping people stay together and […]

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Confronting the Reasons for an Affair Can Create a Healthier Relationship

Infidelity destroys trust in a relationship People have a deep need for trust, to know they are not alone. Trust helps a person deal with the ups and downs of daily life. So an affair can shatter the ground a person’s life is built on. The destructive choice to cheat may end some relationships that […]

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The Safest Place to Hide From Marriage Might Be Parenthood

To watch the clip follow the link here:  Marriage scapegoats: Hiding behind your kids Hiding From Your Marriage By Diving into Parenthood The article profiles a book by David Code titled, To Raise Happy Kids Put Your Marriage First. Code suggests that there is a rising trend in parents avoiding marital conflict by focusing on parenting. […]

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Shifting From Complaint to Request

“If I have to ask for it, then it doesn’t count.” I think we’ve all had this thought at some point in our relationships, and are familiar with the sentiment behind it as well. If not, then you must be either very blessed or very lucky — blessed with an incredibly attentive partner, or with very […]

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Listen Up!

Listening is important. It’s a staple in relationships. It’s one of the fundamental building blocks of our day to day life. We seek it from our partners, our families, our co-workers, and even our social institutions. When we offer it to someone in distress, listening is also a fundamental act of kindness. Every day, each […]

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Active and Constructive Communication

Martin Seligman, who studies the science of happiness, states that positive psychology is interested in how to turn a good relationship into an excellent one, not just how to turn an insufferable relationship to a barely tolerable one. One way of strengthening your relationships is celebrating your partner’s achievements by responding actively and constructively. In […]

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Creating a Solid Foundation to Your Relationship

John Gottman, a researcher who studies marital stability, found that in order to create happiness with an intimate partner, it is not enough to simply get rid of negative behaviors, but to build in behaviors that accentuate the positive and reduce the impact of the negative. Gottman explains that love has to be nurtured and […]

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How to Win!

Everyone wants to be a winner! Everyone likes to be right…right? Unfortunately, these two things aren’t the same thing and don’t always go together. Do you ever find yourself in an argument with your partner or friend and you are pushing to make sure they see your point and understand why you are right and […]

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Sexual Fulfillment and Wellbeing

  Mating In Captivity: Unleashing Erotic Desire by Esther Perel invites us to take a radical look at monogamous relationships and the often-misunderstood role of intimacy in maintaining desire within exclusive relationships. Her work is aimed at couples  (heterosexual, lesbian, and gay) wishing to remain together within a sexually/sensually fulfilled committed relationship; but is also […]

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