By Marianne Beach, GalTime.com In romance novels, soap operas, and Cosmo magazine, women are usually portrayed as having an insatiable appetite for sex--easily matching or even exceeding their partner's desire to get it on. And why not? Ever since the sixties' sexual revolution, we've been taught to believe that a woman's sex drive should be equal to a man's...and sex should be something you want to have any chance you get. Okay, who's rolling their eyes right about now?
Recently I was pondering the various new age and metaphysical groups, practices, and in particular the various leaders and the styles of leadership they provide. While there are many fine teachers and healers in this broad category we call new age, there are some I’ve seen or been around that trigger an uneasy feeling in my gut.
Did you know that men, not women, are more likely to be happy in a relationship if they are in good health, if they are often cuddling and kissing with their partner, and if their partner tends to have orgasms during sex? Cuddling, it turns out, may be even more important than sexual satisfaction for long term relationships. Women who remain in long term relationships are more likely to be satisfied with the sexual component and that satisfaction seems to improve over time. But for women, frequent cuddling and kissing does not necessarily lead to relationship satisfaction. Women often require romance as well as a sense of being heard, understood and appreciated.
There is an ongoing research study focused on dads. The study is an attempt to build stronger families by focusing on the father's role in the first year of the baby's life. We know dads are important to a child's self esteem, overall health, and their success at developing healthy relationship later in life.
Most people think of psychotherapy as a process of delving into one's past to find reasons for his or her present unhappiness. While that remains the general idea, there are also ways that therapist can get clues about their patients more quickly. Take tissues for instance. Tissues are considered the tools of the trade in psychology. All psychiatrists, psychologists, counselosr and social workers have them in their offices. In fact, tissues are so widely used that they are often taken for granted.
You might both speak English, but you still may feel like you need a translator in your relationship. Although each person in the relationship might speak perfect English, individual experiences lend particular words different associations and connotations. Simply, this means that when one person says one thing, the other understands the statement as something else. While years of shared experience can help bridge this communication gap, individuals in both old and new couples remain just that - individual.
Key #2 to Finding Hope and Finding Him: Assess Your List This is the second in a series of articles sharing my 5 Keys to Finding Hope and Finding Him. The 5 Keys are: M - Me and Me first. A - Assess your list. S - Shed your stuff. T - Time to get out and Trail blaze. R - Real women find their man.
How far can you afford to bend your values to preserve your relationship? How far can you go in giving yourself up to avoid losing your partner? How much of yourself can you afford to sacrifice to not lose someone you love? How do we find the balance between maintaining our integrity and bending our values? Most relationships require us to bend to a certain extent, but how much can we bend without a sense of loss of self?
Sharing your singles dating experience? We all share the minutiae of our lives on Facebook. When we sleep, what we eat, how long we wait at a bus stop, it’s all there on Facebook. In fact, Facebook are setting out to record our lives so we can look back on them and say that was the year of 2011. Yet, when we are single, Facebook takes on a whole new parallel on several levels.
Could a passing mood influence your financial portfolio for decades to come? Could impulses you inherited from your cave-man ancestors influence your financial decisions in the modern world, in ways that may have lifelong consequences? Some new research addresses these questions. On the old view of human economic decision-making – human beings are rational.