We all know that teasing can be a good-natured way of having good times and showing affection among close friends and family. We may lovingly poke fun at an unusual or annoying habit or attribute of another person with no intention of causing hurt.
Our friends mean well and want to see us happy. We also have friends that don't want to see our relationship succeed. Sometimes taking their advice isn't a good idea, and their suggestions may cause more harm than good.
As the holidays approach, Detroit families might be feeling plenty of financial strain and pressure. With the economy putting a crimp in everyone's budget, are you and your partner constantly disagreeing about money?
It's time to realize that "bullying" incorporates more than the hideous abuse and high-profile suicides of other people's kids, and more than the over-the-top, often cute and clever nastiness depicted in movies and television.
The expression simply means take your time to get to know someone well -- male or female -- so they can earn your trust instead of giving it away. It's about protecting yourself from potential disappointment.
Don't get me wrong, there are any number of things in the world that are legitimately complicated -- multidimensional string theory, Middle East peace, a Charlie Sheen tox screen -- but a healthy relationship is definitely not.
Uncover your issues and find out what you didn't receive growing up. Then you can fix it and move forward, because you understand the why, and how this changes your reactions. Remember you're not alone.