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Connecting Through Eye Contact

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

Eye contact, along with the connection it may bring, can become a kind of mindfulness practice. We can notice what we're experiencing in our stomach or heart as we gaze into our lover's magical eyes. Maybe there's a delightful sense of warmth and expansiveness, or a fear of losing ourselves.

What I Love About You Is...

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

In a healthy, loving, long-term relationship we have to continuously and consciously choose to fall in love with our partner. It's an ongoing choice....

The Direct Path to Self-Awareness

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The hidden power of the shadow. "You can learn more about yourself in a week in a marriage than you can meditating for 10 years in a cave." -- Step...

Breaking Free From the Myth of Independence

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

One of the greatest gifts available among the many that great relationships offer, is the assistance that our partner provides in the face of the challenges that life inevitably serves up to us. We can meet those challenges with confidence, and can afford to take on those that are bigger, grander, and more exciting, resting into the assurance that we are fully supported.

Full Disclosure: It's Not What You Think It Is

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Full disclosure is about being transparent and honest with each other out of the intention of promoting deeper trust, respect, and integrity in the relationship.

11 Things That Are Better Than An Orgasm

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 02.20.2014 | Women
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

The next time you're feeling the pressure to have an orgasm, or have more orgasms, or have a certain type of orgasm... remember that life offers you many forms of bliss.

Does Your Relationship Have IDD? -- Part 2

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

IDD (Intimacy Deficiency Disorder) is an insidious relationship-threatening condition that if unaddressed can undermine and severely damage even the m...

Why You Shouldn't Pick Your Battles

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

There's a difference between taking a position against something and taking a stand for something. Taking a stand is about expressing our perspective rather than delivering opinions, judgments, and unsolicited advice, particularly when there may be an implicit threat in our position.

The 'I' Word

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

I try, not always successfully, to live in integrity with the truth of my experience not because I want to be a good person, but because it's the best thing that I can do for myself. It's the most direct path to my own heart and to the hearts of others.

The Three Magic Words

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Following these guidelines won't guarantee a successful result every time, but doing so will make that outcome more likely. Non-reactive listening and non-blaming speaking are learned skills that can be cultivated with practice.

The Secret of the Avatar Can Deepen Your Partnerships

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

How can organizations that don't need hands-on volunteers achieve a similar level of personal connection with their supporters?

Can I Give You Some Feedback?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

One of the greatest benefits of exchanging feedback is that it promotes intimacy, trust, respect and appreciation in relationships.

I Attracted the Right Person, Now What?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Listening without judgment and speaking without defensiveness is easier said than done, but with practice, mutual support and the willingness to share responsibility for the relationship that you co-create, you and your mate can create the partnership of your dreams, no matter who they are.

Think All The Good Men & Women Are Already Taken? Read This

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

But whether you live in Manhattan or in North Dakota, whether you're 19 or 90, whether you're a conservative or a liberal, whether you like country music or classical, there are people with whom it is possible to create true, lasting and loving partnerships.

When Jealousy Visits Your Relationship

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | Weddings
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Practically everyone who's been in a serious romantic relationship with all of the deliciously intense and passionate feelings that go with it, have at one time or another experienced jealousy.

'Husband,' 'Partner,' 'Boyfriend': What's in a Word?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I recently married the man I've been in a relationship with for 18 years. People ask if life is "different" now that we're "legal." The answer is mostly no. One change, however, that is very real is the mild dilemma of how we call one another.

10 Factors That Promote Intimacy

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Relationships and people require intimacy in order to thrive. When we make the effort to give attention to bringing the conditions into our relationship that encourage and promote intimacy, it's not only our relationships that benefit but our lives in general.

7 Steps to Healing Broken Trust

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Great relationships require a high level of integrity in order to thrive. When a violation of trust, large or small, occurs, it's important to examine the conditions that contributed to the situation and to engage in a healing process that will restore trust and goodwill to the relationship.

No Holding Pattern

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Examine what holding patterns you may be settling for. Tell yourself the truth and examine the options. When two people are making skillful relationship choices, there is no limit to where things can go.

Are You Just Fighting or Engaging in 'Conscious Combat'?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

It's not just the exposure of our partner's imperfections that we need all that patience to accept and live with, it's the exposure of our own imperfect aspects that get illuminated in reaction to them that leave us shame-faced and embarrassed.

Move Past An Argument -- Quickly

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The next best thing to preventing conflict is having the skills to manage differences effectively. Most of us don't come into marriage with highly developed conflict-management skills, but these abilities can be cultivated through practice on the job.

The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

It's relationships that makes the world go round, and what fuels relationships is love. So, becoming a more loving person is a worthy goal, whether you live in a tribal community or a first world megalopolis.

Enlightened Self-Interest

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Enlightened self-interest refers to the understanding and trust that what a person does to enhance another's quality of life enhances one's own quality of life to a similar degree. More simply put, it is the idea that "what goes around comes around."

4 Steps to Help You and Your Spouse-To-Be Marry Your Financial Thinking

Women & Co | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Unfortunately, finances are one of the biggest sources of marital tension. But it doesn't have to be that way. Want to get your marriage off on the right financial footing?

Why Your Kids Resist Liking Your New Partner

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2013 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Unlike you, the kids haven't been longing for a new person in their lives. As far as they are concerned, their life is complicated enough.