Boy-meets-girl has always been a winning movie theme. How come this year simple romance has given way to a focus on long-term marriages as a significant theme in so many of the Oscar Best Film nominations? While I have no idea of the answer to that questions, as a marriage specialist I'm thrilled to see this return to focusing in the media on the role of marriage in building a solid base for life. Here's a run-down of which movies had to say what about matrimony.
You don’t need to be a psychologist to note the very harsh effects of a breakup on a person’s mental health. When a relationship ends, humiliation, rage, loneliness, anguish and grief all seem to simultaneously show up at the door, marching in arm-in-arm to parade noisily around our psyche. Evicting these emotions is a matter of healing, reconciling, finding peace within ourselves and somehow moving on.
When I became an author, and submersed myself in the world of self-improvement, it became clear which books had useful, innovative advice for women. With that in mind, here are the top ten books I repeatedly recommend to those trying to find healthy relationships and those trying to improve the ones they already have.
Jealousy can get the best of anyone. It can creep up when least expected. Triggered by seeing photos of a boyfriend’s former lover with amazing hair and a perfect figure, a neighbor pulling up in the driveway with a shiny new car or a best friend who arrives for a dinner date carrying a ‘too die for’ handbag.
I’m sure there have been more stories about social media hurting a budding relationship than helping it, but let’s play devil’s advocate and examine the other side. Is it actually possible for social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and the like) to improve a relationship?
There is a certain kind of unspoken etiquette that should be remembered on your first date. There are always rules in life, and first dates are no exception. So if you plan on having another date with the woman your are seeing, here are five questions to never ask on a first date. 1. A Kiss is Not Something You Ask For
Modern life is busy. Developing good stress management and good stress relief skills is a necessity. Almost all of us have more to do then we can possibly get done each day. We commute, work, try to exercise, take care of a home, spend time with loved ones and hope to find time to rest and recreate. Oh, and don’t forget, time to sleep!
Adult ADHD also known as Adult ADD has been hard to identify and diagnose. Luckily the new Psychiatrist's Diagnosic Manual (DSM) has better criteria for identifying Adult ADD. To make it more complicated it's still true today that some mental health professionals still believe it is only a disease that children suffer from.
When asked in one of my workshops to give a statement that described an ideal relationship, a participant said “He gives me what I want before I can ask for it.” The other women in the room replied “Does that even exist?” I told them and I’ll tell you, I can attest to the fact that it does. It’s all about being willing to give and trusting that you will receive.