Relationships

Codependency, Vulnerability, and Your Part in It

codependency

codependency

Each of us plays a role in our relationships and the dynamics that are created, nurtured, or enabled between us and our partners. Sometimes these dynamics can be unhealthy, such as when partners become codependent. 

Codependency is something that countless people experience in their relationships, and it can be easy for partners to not recognize this for what it is and what role they play. Continue reading Here

Manage Conflict in Your Relationship with Couples Pursuit

Manage Conflict in Your Relationship with Couples Pursuit

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Conflict is an unavoidable and necessary part of a relationship. Where things get tricky is when conflict is not handled in a healthy, respectful, and effective way. 

And that happens more often than a lot of us would like. 

Partners in conflict can resort to criticism and attacking one another’s character during the conflict, rather than utilizing effective and healthy communication to get to the bottom of whatever is causing the problem in the relationship. Continue reading Here

5 Tips to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work

long-distance relationship

long-distance relationship

If you’re in a long-distance relationship (LDR), you’ve probably wondered, “Is this worth it?” “Will this work out?” “What about the guy my best friend wants to set me up with who lives right down the street?”

Long-distance relationships, like close-proximity relationships, can be challenging, and they can cause doubts.… Continue reading Here

5 Steps to the Roach Motel of Relationships & How to Stay Out of It

5 Steps to the Roach Motel of Relationships & How to Stay Out of It

roach motel

Have you ever heard of the Roach Motel?

In Dr. John Gottman’s observational research of heterosexual, gay, and lesbian couples,1 he found that in every interaction couples were either nice, neutral, or nasty toward each other.

It doesn’t take Dr.… Continue reading Here

Criticism Kills Relationships: Why this Habit is Poisonous

criticism kills relationships

criticism kills relationships

Is it true that criticism kills relationships?

No one wants to stay in a relationship that makes them feel more judged than admired. Yet, it’s too common for couples to see the other person as the problem, leading to constant criticism.Continue reading Here

Ways to Cultivate a Strong Romantic Relationship

romantic relationship

romantic relationship

It’s a misconception that a romantic relationship is healthy and happy because there is a lack of negative or nasty conflict. 

Even if partners aren’t having conflict or partaking in other unhealthy relational habits, they will grow apart simply because they aren’t dedicating the time and effort to remain emotionally connected. Continue reading Here

The 6 Commandments of Vulnerable Communication

Communication

Communication

Our worries can emotionally hijack our brains. They can entirely consume our thoughts in an endless vacuum of fear. As a result, these worries can interfere with communication. Or, more specifically, vulnerable communication, which is incredibly important in romantic relationships

Opening yourself up, exposing who you are and what you need can be scary in our society.Continue reading Here

3 Must Do’s For Amazing Sex in a Relationship

Amazing Sex

Amazing Sex

Amazing sex lies at the intersection of romance and passion.

Romance: an emotional state that happens when two people nurture and encourage acts and thoughts that cherish each other.

Passion: an emotional state that arises when a strong interest of desire, curiosity, and attraction.Continue reading Here