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Intimacy

8 Questions Every Couple Should Answer Before They Get Married

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 05.21.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Success in marriage needs to ride on more than the high-spirited emotions of dating that drive two lovers together. Take turns asking these tough questions.

Does Intimacy Have to Involve Sex?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

So, how am I learning to build authentic intimacy in my relationship with my wife? It all begins with empathy and learning to really listen to what my partner is saying.

When It's Time to Say Goodbye

Robin Korth | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

One morning I really looked in the mirror and understood that the relationship I was trying to save was quietly killing me. The reflected bounce-back of the "me" in this broken "we" was a sad, lost lady with only my name riding her face.

4 Lessons Homeless Veterans Have Taught Me

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

In working with veterans for the past five years, I have learned a lot about their lives, thoughts, feelings, actions, intentions and outcomes. These learnings have reshaped the way I look at homeless veterans, myself and my community.

4 Ways To Hold A Sexless Marriage Together And Perhaps Even Thrive

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

You've seen the ads for Cialis and Viagra showing that all it takes to bring the sex back into the relationships of the fifty-plus is a little pill. However, these medications aren't for everyone, nor do they necessarily work. Some couples, as they age, may at some point have to come to grips with the fact that the sex in their relationship will never be what it was in the past.

Your Partner's Low T Rx: What Women and Children Should Know and Do

John La Puma M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
John La Puma M.D.

Prescription testosterone is unnecessary and dangerous for women and children, not just most men. Very few medical prescriptions given to a man affect a female partner and family so intimately and affect desired intimacy and passion in just the wrong way.

The Moment You Need To Break Up With Your 'Texters'

Kristie Christie | Posted 05.26.2014 | Women
Kristie Christie

While we were "just friends," I'd seen names of girls flash on the screen and he'd turn his phone over the same way I would when one of my texting guys would pop up on my screen. I knew there were some girls out there still hoping... still flirting and texting.

6 Ways To Bring The Sexy Back To A Stale Marriage

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW | Posted 06.17.2014 | Divorce
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

Let's face it, when we fall in love and commit to someone, we have high hopes that we'll feel blissful and excited by him or her indefinitely. This leads to unrealistic expectations and disappointment when the passion dies down.

5 Simple Steps to End Any Fight

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

The more you communicate in this way with your partner, honestly and directly, yet with compassion, the closer and stronger your relationship will become.

7 Tips to Break the Sexual Ice with a New Partner

GalTime | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
GalTime

If you want to take your relationship to the next level (meaning less talk and more play!), but don't know how to break the ice sexually, there are a few things you can do to get your partner's attention without being too obvious.

How Much Do Partners Need to Share?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

There is a place for privacy in loving, trusting relationships, and it's important to remember that a person's request for privacy doesn't mean he's up to no good. Similarly, putting your significant other on your shortlist of those with access to your info does not necessarily mean you have intimacy or connection.

Making Passes and Taking Hits

Amanda Magee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

"Who cares? It's our kitchen on a Monday night. I love you and I want to touch you and have you be excited about that. Is that so wrong?" He is starting to back away, the grooves on this path worn in a rut we fall into so easily.

Millennials and Failed Intimate Relationships

Merav Gur | Posted 05.25.2014 | Women
Merav Gur

Millennial women have professional opportunities and life choices not available to generations before. Yet the extraordinary women like Leah and Jenny that I see in my practice, engage in unhealthy and often damaging or abusive intimate relationships.

Can True Love Last?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.20.2014 | Weddings
Lisa Firestone

There may now be hard science behind the notion that true love can last a lifetime. A neurological study from Stony Brook University revealed that couples who experience "romantic love" long-term can keep their brains firing similarly to the brains of couples who have just fallen in love.

Learning More From Gay Sex: Fighting Straight People in the Bedroom

Simon Moritz | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

So far in life I've encountered an even-split between gay men with children from a past marriage who talk about their sexuality as an evolving identity, and those who tell it as a movement from the closet to a fixed gayness, which does more or less invalidate their years of "living a lie."

First Kisses, Intimacy and Eternity

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.12.2014 | Weddings
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

A kiss is not just a kiss, no matter what Herman Humphrey's 1931 famous song "As Time Goes By" suggests. The touch of someone's lips on your own is ...

Relationship Rx: 9 Tips for Establishing Emotional Intimacy

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Similar to love, emotional intimacy is a profound mystery, which will not be penetrated. It is a daring undertaking, calling for an earnest commitment to continue learning about who we are and what our relationships are asking for.

Why Every Woman Over 50 Should Practice Bisexuality

Arlene Schindler | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

Imagine a day of pleasurable activities with someone who loves and appreciates you, followed by a bottle of Cabernet and a delicious dinner, laughing all the way, maybe ending the night with some light cuddling. That's a snapshot of a day in the life of an affectional bonding relationship.

A Woman's Sexual Awakening

Diana M. Raab | Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

At this stage in our lives we know what brings us joy, what turns us on, and what turns us off. Most of us have had enough sexual encounters to be in touch with ourselves and our sexuality.

5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Love

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

We can start challenging ourselves to accept love -- to return a loving look, rather than turning away in embarrassment. We can approach our defenses with curiosity and compassion and slowly start to change our part of the equation that limits our capacity for love.

5 Things to Try Before You Give Up on Your Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When you love yourself, you are better equipped to act with integrity in your relationships. You become a person you respect, and you give your relationship its best chance at survival.

The Secret to Great Sex

Dr. Sue Johnson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Women
Dr. Sue Johnson

Visit any bookstore and you'll find tome after tome offering the "secret" to firing off the Big O, which, preferably, looks like the kind of seizure you might have if you put your finger in a light socket.

Valentine's Day Special: Conversational Intimacy

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith E. Glaser

As we communicate, we read the content and emotions being sent. Conversations are more than the information we share or words we speak. They are a way to package our feelings about ourselves, our world, and others.

On Loving Men Beyond the Erection

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

One day I met a man who helped me redefine what my sexuality means to me. This guy, whom I will refer to as "James," was attractive: He had this way with words, and a smile that took my breath away. James happens to be transgender; he was assigned "female" at birth.

Is Your Marriage Leaking?

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 04.14.2014 | Weddings
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Valentine's Day is almost here. Hearts and flowers are everywhere. But what if you and your loved one have drifted apart? What if you're not all that keen on your Valentine right now. It could be that your marriage is leaking.