In light of all the controversy still surrounding the Kristen Stewart/Rupert Sanders affair, let's take a look at some of the ways affairs actually begin. For most, affairs aren't necessarily wrapped up in mere curiosity. Nor are they always about the sensual, sweaty romp most imagine. Sometimes, it's not even about sex at all.
I am not much of a sportsperson but I still find myself enjoying this year's summer Olympics. What has impressed me most is how all the teams work together.
Sometimes the best way to find love is to stop looking for love all together. Searching for that special someone can deplete your time and energy. You probably spend countless hours going through self-help books, watching DVDs and reading blogs online, trying to absorb what the experts are telling you. All the advice and varying opinions about what you should or shouldn't do -- it can make your head spin!
Marlo and Jack have been married for twelve years and have two young children. Marlo and Jack each state that they love each other, yet Marlo does not feel loved by Jack, while Jack states that he is content with the relationship. In their relationship system, Marlo tends to be the caretaker, while Jack is the taker. Marlo often thinks about what would please Jack, while Jack rarely thinks about what Marlo wants or feels.
Soul-centered dating is first and foremost a process of self-discovery. It’s not about how to dress or what to say, but rather how to balance your head with your heart so you can make good relationship choices. Once you begin to move away from the self-limiting beliefs that have held you back (Step 1), you want to start to create a clear, vibrant picture of what you’re moving toward.
I recently completed my 64th weekend workshop for couples. Once again I was impressed by a group of intrepid couples who were willing to leave their emotional comfort zone to create something better for themselves. One of the exercises of the workshop is brainstorming a list of effective communication behaviors and attitudes. Then I ask the group how many saw their families exercise these behaviors 50% or more of the time when things got tense. I never have had more than 15% of the couples raise their hands.
It is impossible for me to even estimate the number of times I hear couples in my office say their partner doesn’t listen or understand. Often both people will say it. As my practice is in Silicon Valley, home of some of the brightest people on the planet, one would think understanding would come easier. Maybe it has to do with concentration. So I’ll give you a test to check your powers of concentration.
This blog post features us negotiating through a real conflict in our life. Ellyn really wanted to go to Africa to participate with a non-profit strongly supports. Pete didn’t want to go. And he had a lot of very good reasons! It’s a bit disarming to share our own personal journey. But it underscores our commitment to differentiation in our lives and the lives of our clients. We deeply believe in the material we teach and its value for couples’ evolution. We practice what we preach, and we’re willing to let you know where we struggle.
“Chore Wars” are a common problem for couples: 1) sharing housework 2) negotiating the schedule for chores 3) agreeing on standards that are acceptable to both partners. It’s a problem that won’t go away. Bathtubs get grimy, dust bunnies multiply in corners, clutter accumulates everywhere – as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow.
How much do you value being seen and heard? Do you really want a truly successful relationship? How important is it to have impact on others? Then speak up! Of course, for some people, that’s easier said than done. You might prefer to sky dive without a parachute than tell another person what’s really on your mind. But it is possible to develop an assertiveness connected to head and heart that clears the way for honest, empowered living-without being rude to others.