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Healthy Relationships

It's Not Your Fault, Really!

Anat Baniel | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

To forgive ourselves is no easy task. We have to rediscover our innocence. If we have the opportunity, as children, to have parents who can say that they are sorry for things, then we learn to forgive them and forgive ourselves.

5 Early Warning Signs You're With A Narcissist

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 07.30.2013 | Women
Dr. Craig Malkin

The most glaring problems are easy to spot -- but if you get too hung up on the obvious traits, you can easily miss the subtle (and often more common) features that allow a narcissist to sneak into your life and wreak havoc.

The Polarizing Effect of Your Inauthentic Self and Why It's Keeping You Lonely

Dana Clark | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dana Clark

It's not easy to write about intimacy.  Who we let our hearts speak to isn't something that can be instructed with words.  True intimacy is as dynamic, and sometimes elusive as our own self.

Dissecting Why You're So Angry (And What To Do About It)

Shayne Hughes | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Shayne Hughes

Anger is a destructive act of aggression, causing others to withdraw or escalate. When we express the truth of our feelings, we forge a creative space for connection, where the magic of human interaction becomes possible. Going beneath our anger allows us to lead constructively.

7 Tips For Becoming Your Most Genuine Self

Lisa Firestone | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

How can we identify and overcome the old characteristics and attitudes within ourselves that hurt us in our lives today? How can we separate what is us and what is a repetition of someone else? Here are some fundamental ways to become the real you.

How I'm Seeking Love Online At Age 72

Judy Katz | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Judy Katz

Believe me, online dating is hard work at any age! I have a date tomorrow night. Last week, he met me fresh from both the hair and nail salon. I was dressed to thrill with perfect makeup and lots of positive energy. He told me I was gorgeous, a knockout. This week he is going to be far less knocked out.

Why Trying to 'Fix' Your Child Is Not a Good Idea

Anat Baniel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

We always want the best for our children. And part of my philosophy in life is to recognize that all we can do for our children is to provide the conditions and context for them to grow and face the challenges that they came into this world with.

There Are 50,000 Thoughts Standing Between You and Your Partner Every Day!

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

With all the thinking go on, what chance does our heart have to breathe, feel, and experience life, no less make contact with our significant others? The crowded mind makes for an overcrowded heart with little room for ourselves and less room for anyone else.

Fighting Through "The Big Five"

Les and Leslie Parrott | Posted 07.21.2013 | Weddings
Les and Leslie Parrott

You've heard this a thousand times: Do a weekly date night or your marriage will suffer. Sounds more like a threat than friendly advice, doesn't it?

How Many Days a Year Are Mother's or Father's Day?

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

I greet each Mother's Day and Father's Day with many wonderful memories of my own parents, who have been gone for some time.

Beating the Odds of Divorce When Your Child Has Special Needs

Anat Baniel | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

It's often said that parents of children with special needs divorce at a higher rate than the general population. So, I asked John Gray: What do you think are the causes and what suggestions can you give to these parents?

7 Ways To Reignite That Special Spark

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Connection with your partner is vital for your well-being and the well-being of the relationship. If you find that any of these suggestions are hard for you, then do some inner work to discover what is in the way.

Because Love Wins

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

Usually, the people we're closest to and trust the most are the ones we inevitably (and most of the time, unintentionally) hurt, or are hurt by. It's because we love them the most that they can hurt us, and it's because we trust them the most that we aren't always thinking not to offend them.

My Bipolar Husband Is Complicated...But I Love Him

Maggie M. Ethridge | Posted 07.07.2013 | Weddings
Maggie M. Ethridge

In Japanese culture there is a an aesthetic called Wabi Sabi. Wabi Sabi is the adoration and enjoyment of all things imperfect, old, beaten down.

Taking Love to Heart: Turn On and Drop Out of Hookup Culture

Mark Whitwell | Posted 07.06.2013 | College
Mark Whitwell

These days, sexual anarchy means making your own rules and sticking to them if you are to survive the emotional battleground. The sun is setting on casual sex. Believe in real love for how it makes you feel. It's here, now.

4 Tips for Dealing With Marital Boredom

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

It's just possible that if you do some or all these things, your relationship and your life in general will become less boring and more exhilarating. It might also become more challenging and stimulating. But who knows? You might get to enjoy living on the edge.

7 Steps To Having That Tough Conversation

Lauren Zander | Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

I know it can be scary to confront and follow through on difficult conversations but there is freedom on the other side of them. Here are steps to having a tough conversation with someone.

Could This Change In Thinking Lead To Happiness?

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Whether you want more happiness, less stress, or to build your resilience reserves, the key is to get FAT -- flexible, accurate and thorough -- about your thinking. The ripple effects will astound you.

5 Ways To Make Your Relationships Stronger Than Ever

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Spring and summer are the quintessence of backyard barbecues, outdoor festivities, and beach bum days, which means a lot more mingling and mixing is done during these months. But increased exposure to others can also easily increase tensions.

How to Win in the Blame Game

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

It's so easy to take things personally. Instead, the next time you notice yourself feeling defensive or like you're a failure or that you're not good enough, practice using a buffer phrase.

Time Outs Are Not Just for Children

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

Normally, when thinking about communication, we think about verbal communication or some kind of physical communication. However, sometimes the best communication skill is to know when to take a time out.

Breaking Up Doesn't Have to Be Hard to Do

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Life is a collection of missteps, mistakes and misjudgments transformed to understanding. The regret of our neglected intuition turns to awareness, as we accept the lesson within the experience.

Do You and Your Spouse Argue Over Drinking? How to Avoid Armageddon

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Over my 25 years of experience as a psychologist, I gradually came to realize that drinking may be one of the most common yet least talked about causes of marital conflict. Unfortunately, in the couples I've worked with this issue is often swept under the carpet.

Why Dating Is Sometimes Like Dieting

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

This is a common phenomenon among both men and woman who claim that all they want is a happy relationship, and they lament that this wish is never fulfilled.

20 Tips for Parenting a Child With Special Needs

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

The blessing of a child can challenge a relationship. When the child has special needs, these challenges grow exponentially. With the right tools, parents of children with special needs can learn additional ways to relate to each other that will strengthen their connection and love,