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Unhealthy Relationships

Here's Why You Should Talk To Your Partner About Your Ex (Seriously)

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.01.2014 | Divorce

The last thing you want to hear out of a partner's mouth is the name of his or her ex -- but talking about an ex doesn't always signal romantic doom. ...

This Is When It's Okay To Look For Sex Outside Your Marriage

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.26.2014 | Divorce

Imagine this: you've been with your partner for a while, and the initial excitement has faded. Feeling unsatisfied with your sex life, you begin to lo...

10 Signs You're Dating An Asshat

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Asshats. We've all been in love with at least one. Haven't we? If you haven't, do me a service and lie.

An Important Lesson About Abuse

Krista Barth | Posted 05.20.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

Without a doubt, the best lesson I have learned through this life is a simple, yet powerful, truth: "People will do to you in life what you allow them...

The Mystery of Love

Mark Matousek | Posted 05.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

If you want the love of your life to appear, just tell the universe you're not ready. "Don't send me love!" you should scream -- if you want it. It's the opposite of that book The Secret. "Please, God, don't send me a keeper!" That's when Cupid goes through his Rolodex.

7 Strategies for Dealing With the Narcissist You Love

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

If you've tried a more loving approach to sharing what hurts in your relationship, and the narcissist in your life still won't soften, you truly have done everything you can.

Contemplating the One-Two Punch of Divorce

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 06.20.2014 | Divorce
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Divorce is devastating on many levels. The shot to the heart takes your breath away, and leaves you doubled-over as if you were punched in the gut. And that's just for starters...

Why Do Good People Stay In Inadequate Relationships?

Kim Rosenberg | Posted 05.27.2014 | Divorce
Kim Rosenberg

Why do we stay in relationships that are unhealthy and sometimes harmful? I often hear, "We tried four times to make it work," or, "The relationship was over two years ago, but I just couldn't leave." Otherwise very healthy people regularly stay in relationships for the wrong reasons.

Think You've Found True Love This Valentine's Day? 12 Signs It's Endless Love (and 10 Signs It's Gotta End)

Avril Carruthers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Avril Carruthers

There are no guarantees for any relationship. You can't know for sure that it will last a lifetime because we're not static beings, but living, growing individuals.

Jealousy: A Little Goes a Long Way

Nate Holzapfel | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Nate Holzapfel

There's no way to quantify a feeling, but if there were, jealousy would be at the top of the list entitled, "the best ways to destroy yourself from within."

What To Do When You've Outgrown Someone

Dr. Karuna Sabnani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karuna Sabnani

This may come as a surprise, but toxins aren't just found in air pollution or your poor food and drink choices. To really feel that desired sense of relief, clarity and glow, you have to look at all parts of your life.

The #1 Reason Angry Couples Stay Together

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Have you ever observed a hostile couple and thought, why do they stay together?

How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Asking for what we need while in conversation increases our chances of walking away receiving what we needed.

Can Narcissists Change?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

As a therapist, I've seen firsthand that changing relational patterns often transforms even the most inflexible "trait" into something softer, gentler -- not a fixed feature, but a protection that eventually yields to touch and intimacy in all the ways one would hope.

Why Am I Attracted to Bad Boys (or Bad Girls)?

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

Unfortunately, more and more people find themselves in harmful and destructive relationships.

Marriage Issues vs. Mother-in-Law Issues: Tips on How to Know the Difference

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Marriage, as wonderful as it can be, certainly has its challenges -- especially when you throw your relationship with your mother-in-law into the mix.

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.

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.

How to Handle Your Haters

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sophia A. Nelson

It seems like there is a lot of "hateration" in the air these days. All of us seem to be consumed by those pesky folks known as our "haters." This is an important topic to address because "hate" in any form is toxic to our mind, body, and souls.

Redefining 'Acceptance' vs. 'I Don't Care'

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Lately, I have found some new clarity and freedom in realizing that there is a difference between accepting the other person for who and what they are, and honestly concluding that I don't care what they do or say.

When Old Friends Stop Being Good Friends

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

When we can be honest about a friendship, and about the season of life that the friendship belongs in, then, we can be truly grateful for the miracle that a friendship is. Trying to force a friendship to keep bearing fruit past its season is a disservice to its profound nature.

5 Things Standing Between You and a Healthy Relationship

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Ironically, our relationship future can be closely tied to our relationship past. That's because we learn what intimacy is from our early relationships and are drawn, consciously or unconsciously, to what we know.

I'm Awesome: How I Regained My Power

Elizabeth Jayne Liu | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Jayne Liu

This occurred to me very recently: I have the power to make my life easy or difficult. It seems like such a simple thing. If something can be distilled down into just a few words, it has to be easy, yes?

Is a Toxic Relationship the Source of Your Weight Gain?

Will Aguila, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Health and Fitness
Will Aguila, M.D.

The cycle of overeating and obesity can be broken. Those trapped in it know what it feels like, but putting our heads in the ground and wishing it would go away will not work -- anybody who has lost weight only to gain it all back and then some knows what I mean.

What Kind of Friend Is This?: When Mean Girls and Boys Become Thoughtless Adults

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

My client found it unbelievable. "Here I am 37 years old, a wife, a mom, a nurse valued by patients and staff, and I am hurt -- no, correct that, devastated -- by a supposed friend and her group of friends."