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Category: Healthy Relationships

I want you I need you

“I Want You” vs. “I Need You”

There’s nothing sexy about being needed. I feel it after a long day at work after hundreds of children have made their demands, becoming more task-monitor and cognition-manager than woman. […]


Just Because You Love Someone…

Sometimes love is not enough… When we were on the lookout for a new dog this past winter, one thing became immediately clear – the shelters and the foster homes […]

Ten Ways to Shut Down a Conversation

We all know that communication is key when it comes to building and sustaining relationships. Yet that knowledge alone isn’t sufficient to establish an open and mutually beneficial approach to […]

When Your Pedestal is Too High

When I first met my ex-husband, my focus was on getting to know him. I asked questions without assuming the answers and I listened to his responses without any prior […]

in love

Love, But Not “In Love”

“I love you, but I’m not ‘in love’ with you.”   This sentence, although common, is one of the more bewildering and unsettling statements to both utter and to receive. […]

we don't talk about that

We Don’t Talk About That

It usually starts in childhood. The son learns to play the clown whenever the topic of conversation begins to make his father uncomfortable. The daughter of divorced parents learns that […]

marriage: should I stay or go

Marriage: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

From time to time, I have people contact me with a description of their marriage or their thoughts about filing for divorce. After describing the situation, they often conclude with […]

Look Out For These “Red Flag” Phrases

I’d never do anything to hurt you. This is naive at best and a manipulative distraction at worst. In any meaningful relationship, the occasional hurt is unavoidable. ¬†Toes are carelessly […]

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