Relationships

5 Rules for Having Constructive Relationship Conflict Conversation

Secure

Secure

How do you fight with your partner? Do you argue with them over how to love you or criticize them for their flaws?

Conflict conversations  in a relationship are not about the conflict. Most arguments are about nothing more than what the event means to each person in the relationship.… Continue reading Here

3 Betrayals That Ruin Relationships (That Don’t Require Sex)

Betrayal

Betrayal

This was originally published on The Gottman Relationship Blog

Infidelity is the betrayal our society focuses on, but it is actually the subtle, unnoticed betrayals that truly ruin relationships. When partners do not choose each other day after day, trust and commitment erode away.… Continue reading Here

4 Steps to Overcome Financial Gridlock in Your Marriage

4 Steps to Overcome Financial Gridlock in Your Marriage

FInancial Gridlock

All couples are bound to have arguments about money. When they struggle to manage these ongoing disagreements with constructive conflict conversations, the result is what Dr. John Gottman calls “gridlock.”

Gridlock is like a Chinese Finger Trap. Each partner pulls for his or her position, making compromise impossible.… Continue reading Here

5 Signs You May Need to Bail on Your Relationship (Based on Research)

Unhealthy Relationship

Unhealthy Relationship

This article was originally published on The Gottman Relationship Blog

The idea that the love in your relationship has expired is a difficult thought for one to stomach. I often think of myself as Cupid’s sidekick. I root for couples that I work with to triumph, but I have seen love turn into hate and fondness into bitterness.… Continue reading Here

5 Guidelines for a Constructive Conversation About Finances in Your Marriage

5 Guidelines for a Constructive Conversation About Finances in Your Marriage

Finances

How do you fight with your partner when money is on the table? Do you argue with them over how to budget or criticize them for their “uncontrollable” spending habits?

As we’ve learned so far in the Managing Money in Marriage column, conflicts about money in a marriage aren’t really about money.… Continue reading Here

3 Proven Ways To Reconnect When You’re Disconnected From Your Partner

Connection

Connection

This article was originally published on the Gottman Relationship Blog.

What can you do right now to make your relationship more romantic?

You could get your wife a diamond necklace. Or maybe you could buy her the Mercedes dream car she’s always wanted.… Continue reading Here

The Meaning of Money in Marriage: Arguments Are Not Just About Saving or Spending

The Meaning of Money in Marriage: Arguments Are Not Just About Saving or Spending

Meaning of Money

It doesn’t make sense when you think about it logically. Money is simple. Keeping a budget is something an 8-year-old can do.

For a marriage to be wealthy, a couple needs to have more money coming in than going out. It’s just addition and subtraction.… Continue reading Here

5 Love Books That Will Challenge Your Relationships

Love Books

Love Books

Imagine you’re in an airplane. You’re getting ready to fly to the Caribbean for a romantic getaway when you hear a nervous voice come on over the speaker.

“So we’re about to take off. Just so you know, I’ve never flown a plane before.… Continue reading Here