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The Relationship 'Onion'

Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD

I am not suggesting we turn back the clock on social networking, even if that were possible. You may land your next job or meet your next great love online. I do want to stress that no online chat or text-speak can take the place of face-to-face interaction and nuanced conversation.

5 Signs You've Found 'The One'

Posted 02.19.2014 | OWN

We all know what new love feels like (the euphoria! the astonishment! the sex!), but here are a few ways to spot the other kind of relationship -- the...

7 Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

I've been alive for 34.5 years, and I have concluded that love is undefinable. Although I do know one thing I am absolutely sure of, and that is love is a choice.

7 Ways to Step Back From the Brink of Divorce

Darryl A. Cobbin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Darryl A. Cobbin

I'm going to make mistakes and I do my best to learn from them. I have forgiven myself because I believe that marriage is mostly about growth and growth requires change and change often comes with pain.

The Secret to Meaningful Relationships: Be Willing to Be Uncomfortable

Nancy Colier | Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We will never end up anywhere deeply satisfying by avoiding challenge. Each moment that we are willing to be uncomfortable in a relationship, to live in and through the messiness, is a drop of gold in the relationship itself.

After the Honeymoon Is Over

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Taking our attention off of our partner will enable us to embody a higher level of vulnerability and encourage them to them to feel less defensive and consequently more inclined to listen to our concerns and needs with a more conciliatory attitude.

The Secret Behind Failed Relationships

Sari Gabbay | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Sari Gabbay

Everyone is a reflection of something inside us. What we avoid becomes our focus, and what we focus on grows. The more we avoid our darkness, the more it will present us with scenarios that force us to face the very thing we are trying to hide from.

8 Unexpected Habits That Can Sink A Marriage

Posted 02.06.2013 | OWN

By Jena Pincott Are you hurting your relationship without even knowing it? Here are eight habits that researchers say can lead to marital problems....

Put Your Big-Girl/Big-Boy Panties On!

Charlie Maffei | Posted 12.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Charlie Maffei

There comes a time in every relationship when you must sit down and ask, "Now that we have been dating for a while, are we officially a couple?" If you do not have this conversation, you are never going to know where you stand. It works, trust me!

Want A Killer Relationship (And Sex Life)? Try 'Radical Transparency'

Douglas LaBier | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Radical Transparency is a way of relating to your partner in which you reveal your inner self, your true experience. That means exposing your vulnerabilities and fears, as well as your desires and points of view about whatever issues you're discussing.

How To Overcome The Fear Of Marriage

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

There are things you can do to ensure a healthy relationship, even through differences and difficulties. These are my tried-and-tested tips that have helped countless couples in my practice become fearlessly married.

War of the Roses -- (Sadly) Coming to a Relationship Near You

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

When a narcissistic man and a borderline woman get together, the excitement, ecstasy and passion at the beginning of a relationship are only exceeded by the vitriolic, venomous, repulsion at the end.

Fearless Dating Advice: 'How Can A Rich Girl Avoid The Gold-Digger Label?'

Molly Fedick | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Molly Fedick

I worry about maintaining independence while "letting the man be a man." If I offer to pay for anything, I worry I've emasculated the guy, which is the last thing I want to do. This, in turn, makes me wonder if I should stop offering. But then I worry: Will he think I'm a "gold digger"?

Can New Bachelorette Emily Maynard Find Love Again? Yes, She Can -- If She Follows These Steps

Dr. Terri Orbuch | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Orbuch

Here are six strategies that The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard can try that will get her in the right frame of mind to look for and find love again with someone new.

What Does Having Sex Mean to You?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Sex means different things to different people, and what it means to you might be having a big effect on your relationship.

Maintaining Friendships While Breaking Away From 'The Group'

Noah Kass | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

To be an essential member of a personally fulfilling group can be very empowering. However, it can also keep you stuck. In order to experience real growth, we need to challenge the sometimes staid comfort of staying put.

Standards vs. Expectations: Elevating Your Golden Rule

Daniel Scott | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Daniel Scott

A standard is a level of quality, something that is accepted as a norm, and generally used as a basis for judgment. An expectation is a strong belief that something is going to happen in the future, or a feeling that someone or something is going to achieve something.

Who Is Your Relationship Role Model?

Sophie Keller | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Sophie Keller

Ask anyone you know who is in a great relationship and they will tell you that they have at least one role model relationship that they can emulate.

10 Tips For Creating Your Ideal Marriage

Alvin Lopez Woods | Posted 06.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Alvin Lopez Woods

People fail to realize that marriage is hard work and ultimately don't know how to stay connected to their significant other. Now that same-sex couples across the nation see legal marriage as an attainable goal, it is time for us to demonstrate ways to create ideal marriages or relationships.

Why the Spark Fades in a Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Reigniting our relationships can be as simple as carrying out those small, caring acts that make our partners feel acknowledged and loved for who they are. Taking steps each day to counter these habitual patterns leads us down a path that is much more fulfilling, much braver, and much more real.

Growing Together In Love

Isha Judd | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Isha Judd

Often we take for granted the time we spend with our families, our partners, our friends. Lost in the monotony of routine, we miss out on opportunities to love, to share, to celebrate life together.

Finding Success Together

Loren Ridinger | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Loren Ridinger

Growing your business and personal life together is a challenge that will forever require attention and work, but will also deliver rewarding feelings and memories, while undoubtedly filling your heart with love.

Hate Your Husband? (Or Your Wife?)

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 05.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

The abundance of choice in our society -- and the advertising and media culture that (quite effectively) makes us feel that we won't be complete until we acquire that next great thing -- is taking its toll on our relationships.

How to Stop Your Discussions From Turning Into Arguments

Sophie Keller | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Sophie Keller

If you ever talk over each other, if your discussions have a tendency to turn into arguments or if you feel you are not being heard, then the talking stick is an excellent way to communicate and can save enormous amounts of time, energy and heartache within your relationship.

Changing the Blame Game

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted 05.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

A common problem that married couples encounter is what I call the "blame game." By the blame game, I am referring to fights in which each spouse insists on being right and that the other is wrong.