You cannot be a happy, healthy, successful person without boundaries. Healthy boundaries give us healthy relationships, healthy self-esteem and healthy well-being. If you've been afraid that people won't like you if you set a boundary, you may have become the victim of a lot of people who have no sense of boundaries. Usually people with weak boundaries become targets of boundary crashers...those who would sail over your boundaries even if you had them.
How do you drop bomb of sudden, unexpected and quite possibly undesirable information on someone you care about without behaving like a cruel, dispassionate ogre? What if you're the unfortunate recipient of the aforementioned bomb? How do you respond with compassion instead of setting off a furious chain reaction?
Alex can't understand why her husband is so upset. Last night, after sharing passionate kisses and just as they were about to climb into bed together, she whispered a recurring fantasy she's had ever since she saw the movie “Magic Mike.” Alex thought the movie was entertaining and sexy too. The movie focuses on a group of male strippers played by well-built, muscular actors, including Channing Tatum.
Menopause opens the door to freedom from contraception but is also a time of annoyances such as vaginal dryness, dryer skin, weight gain, acne, and hair loss. You may have mood swings, fatigue, hot flashes, reduced libido, or brain-freeze. Most women do not experience all these symptoms, but having a few of them can feel like a few too many.
While communication makes for healthier relationships, it can also take your sex life to new heights. Talking about sex with your partner, even for the chattiest of us, may seem difficult at first but this conversation will often lead to instantly better sex. Express your feelings, likes and preferences clearly. Boyfriends, husbands and fiancés can’t read minds (though we all wish they could). If you want him to do something specific, tell him! Chances are there are some things he would like to try too.
Most arguments begin from a lack of clarity, a miscommunication or a false belief. Couples argue when they feel misunderstood or under-appreciated. These dynamics can lead to disconnection and resentment if they aren't cleared up. To clean up an old argument, or to avoid a new one, here are four ways.
Violence is not limited to the physical realm. Words can be brutal, violent and abusive to a great extent, often without intent. Projecting violence in words is counterproductive and toxic for the sender as much as for the recipient. MB Rosenberg, the thinker behind non-violent communication, nailed down the 6 communication behaviors we'd better avoid:
A mother and son's relationship directly affects yours and your partner's relationship, too; the way you handle certain situations as a couple, the way you make decisions, the way you manage your household.
For years I was a big believer in "keeping secrets" in a relationship. They weren't "secrets" as much as having privacy. Not once did I check his text messages or his email (even though I had his password). Then I found out my fiancé was living a secret life as a gay man.
At a time when fifty percent (or more) of marriages end in divorce, it is no surprise that one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, “Is there anything I can do to keep my marriage/relationship from falling apart?” The good news is, yes, if you and your partner really want your relationship to “go the distance” and avoid being just another sad, divorce statistic, there are three specific, and deceptively simple things you can do right now to start
In this day and age, most of us have friends of the opposite sex, whether they are co-workers, casual acquaintances or close confidantes. The question is: how close is too close when you're in a romantic relationship with someone else? Here are some signs that your so-called friendship may be entering the not-so-gray area of emotional infidelity.
Yes, it is irritating when you feel like you've sent the message loud and clear that you like or want something in your relationship, and your partner doesn't hear or follow through. Sometimes, our men (and women too) act clueless. For various reasons, they completely miss what you've said, or don't respond in a way you'd like. If a healthy and happy relationship is what you want, try these four ways to help your partner get a clue:
We're a couple. We've been married for a long time at this point. And at a certain point, we started to ask ourselves why our marriage didn't feel like the epic love story we thought it was going to be. So we started to look at some real life epic love stories. We started a blog for them at www.patmary.com, and we started to try to take their lessons and apply them to real life.
Despite all the opposition Miley and Liam are getting from the press, this engagement is a great call. Yes, it's true that they are very young. Yes, they are celebrities, and yes, the odds are seriously against this union. This is especially true if we were to listen to public opinion, a bevy of relationship experts, over-protective parents or the ridiculously inaccurate divorce rate statistics.