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holiday season

Try something new this holiday season

There is no better place for me to find inspiration than in my office, where I have the privilege of listening to my clients. This time of year, the common conversation threads…

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Forgiving others

Forgiving others is the gift you give yourself

If I were to ask my readers to raise their hands if they have ever found themselves NOT on speaking terms with a friend, a relative, a sibling or an ex, I…

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Ready to end the same tired, dead-end fights? It may not be as hard as you think.

When I meet with new couples, they usually know the topics that trigger arguments: In-laws. Money. Kids. Housework. What they don’t know is why  both parties get hurt time and time again.   I…

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Sex and Intimacy

The New Frontier of Sex and Intimacy by Dr Sue Johnson

Instead of reading my blog this month, I hope you’ll watch the TED Talk on sex and intimacy by my mentor and friend, Dr. Sue Johnson. But before you reach for your…

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Hate those nasty confrontations that only upset you? There’s a better way to handle conflict.

Last month I promised to write more about physiological self-soothing. Staying calm while in an emotional or heated conversation with those you love can be a very hard thing to do. If…

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Stonewalling

Stonewalling — another relationship poison

When couples contact me, they sometimes say that they need help with their communication. When I meet with them, I often notice that they do an amazing job communicating with me,  colleagues…

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Contempt — the relationship poison

When Bill greeted his wife at the end of the day, he could predict  how the rest of the evening was going to go. Her voice was low-pitched and tense, and he…

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defensive

Being defensive in your relationship is natural, but it can be toxic

So many arguments seem to start at the end of a long, hard day. Can you relate to what I hear so often in my office? A couple is sitting around the…

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criticizing or complaining

Are you criticizing or complaining? The difference can mean your marriage.

It’s painful when you and your partner find yourselves having the same argument over and over, and you can practically feel the distance growing between you. Before I tell you ways to…

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strengthen your relationship

Things you can do every day to strengthen your relationship

There is a Pablo Neruda poem that begins: “What’s wrong with you, with us, what’s happening to us?”  I hear those same questions, those same doubts expressed regularly in my office. It’s…

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Keeping the Love Alive

Keeping the Love Alive on Great Day Houston

Keeping the Love Alive Liliane talks about a couple things that can help keep the love alive on Great Day Houston. Specifically about talking about expectations in beginning of the relationship and remembering…

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Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution in Marriage

Let’s face it. Every couple in a committed relationship will argue at one point or another. Having disagreements is a normal part of any relationship. In fact, it can actually bring about…

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