When working with couples, I am continually struck by the absence of many basic ingredients of a successful partnership.
Relationships and Family Issues
Why do some relationship last forever and others fall apart? These articles offer ways that you can keep your relationship from becoming a casualty.
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We often dread the real or imagined consequences of provoking emotional reactions in our partners…
How can we use anger to strengthen communication and enhance our relationships?
There are many factors and forces at play in a failing relationship where one, or both, partners would prefer to be apart, but cannot or will not bring themselves to separate.
How might a person, married to someone they love and with whom they are happy, be unhappy being married? And how can they successfully address it?
Unfortunately and too often, the proverbial “awkward silence” is interpreted as a sign of trouble in an ongoing relationship or a sign of social anxiety or social ineptitude in more casual relationships—however these interpretations might not always be accurate.
Perhaps surprisingly, unsolicited advice can actually harm a relationship rather than strengthen it.
Every relationship has conflicts. In some relationships, conflict is a serious problem; in others, differences seem to be resolved without creating a major incident. Think about the kinds of conflicts that happen in your daily life.
Any marriage counselor will tell you that one of the most common problems observed when couples come for help is poor communication skills. People get into trouble in their marriages because they have not developed their ability to listen and communicate.
Most adults engage in long-term relationships, including marriage and other committed partnerships. Nearly everyone experiences difficulties in their marriage or committed relationship from time to time, but some people seem more prepared to anticipate these hard times and respond to them more skillfully than others.