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Relationship Issues

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Accepting the “Gift” of Criticism

Most of us can accept compliments. Some of us can accept suggestions. But most of us draw the line at criticism. Yet, criticism can be one of the most constructive and profound tools to change ourselves and improve our relationships with others.

Are You Being Bullied?

Bullying comes in many forms, including within relationships. Take this quiz to see if you—or someone you know—might be the victim of bullying.

Are You Taking Care or Caretaking?

As the quiz reveals, “taking care” and “caretaking” are vastly different in practice.

Codependence: What’s My Responsibility?

Codependency is a learned condition, which means it can also be unlearned. This article offers ways to begin.

Changing Relationships: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents

Finding time for self-care is even more challenging and necessary for the growing “sandwich” generation.

Coping with a Loved One's Mental Illness

Guidance in managing the challenge of coping with another’s mental illness and to make your own life less stressful.

Design the Alliance—Empower All of Your Relationships

To create a mutually successful experience in any relationship, apply the coaching concept designed alliance.

How Controlling Are You?

We all know them…the folks who MUST CONTROL EVERYTHING. This quiz will help identify if that controlling person is you.

How Well Constructed Are Your Boundaries?

The poet said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” He was right. Good boundaries make life easier, reduce conflict and improve relationships. This quiz will help a person determine where his or her boundaries are healthy and where they might need shoring up.

Learning to Pay Attention to “Red Flags”

Too often we ignore the early warning signs that something is wrong, and by the time we sit up and take notice, the problems have multiplied.

Repairing a Relationship After an Affair

Article explores the impact of an affair on both parties, offers ways to assess whether the relationship can be repaired and, if so, how to begin.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means to You

Respect isn’t getting much respect these days. A person may demand respect from his or her family, social circle, and co-workers, then “dis” others with abandon. Why does that matter?

Rewriting the Myth of Perfect Togetherness

Two people fall in love, and then forever more go everywhere and do everything together. That’s the ideal, isn’t it?

Stopping Verbal Abuse in Its Tracks

Sarah’s husband yells at her for muting a commercial then greets her apology with more yelling and bizarre accusations. What’s going on there?

Take Healthy Control

Healthy control is a means of empowerment; a fourfold strategy.

Tending the Fences: Setting Healthy Boundaries

Article teaches boundary setting by showing how a person might compensate for not having them set adequately.

The Danger of Comparisons

Tips to help you stop comparing yourself and your loved ones to others and live with more freedom as a result.

The Impact of Unresolved Trauma on Relationships

This article addresses the origin of unresolved emotional trauma, how it affects current relationships, and how to resolve the trauma.

To Do or Not to Do? That Is the Commitment Question

Marie longed for a permanent relationship, but kept gravitating toward men with “a commitment problem.” They were married, from another state, getting over an old girlfriend…. But perhaps the problem was actually Marie’s.

Top 10 Barriers to Connection

Avoiding these ten behaviors can greatly improve relationships.

Top 10 Fears That Ruin Relationships

Fear is often present in relationships, but it doesn’t have to sabotage the relationship. This article helps one recognize fears and be more able to work with them.

Top 10 Ways to Cool Your Anger

A list of 10 simple ways to cool down before anger gets out of control and damages relationships, careers, even lives.

What To Do When Your Partner “Checks Out”

Ways to bring back connection to your relationship when your partner has disconnected.

Working on Your Relationship—Alone

As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. It takes two to make a relationship and, it follows, two to work on that relationship. But what if one person doesn’t want to do the work—especially if that work involves going to couples counseling?