The simple pleasure of getting to know another human being can sometimes buckle under the weight of unrealistic expectations or the baggage of previous relationships. How do you know that you are ready to date? Even consider becoming a couple? Ask yourself these questions before you jump right in with your eyes wide shut:
Last night on my Twitter feed, I noticed a colleague tweeted a statistic: “29% of people have sex on a first date. “ And I wonder which percentage of that 29 % gets to the second date! This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite texts I once read on Textsfromlastnight.com: “(845): I'm going to have sex with him on the second date. I don't give a **** what Patti Stanger says.” To each her own, huh?
For many women, the devastation of getting hurt goes back to childhood. If you did not get the love and support you desired from your family, it can deeply affect your ability to openly love and trust a man. Even if the greatest guy in the world showed up on your doorstep you wouldn't allow him into your heart because of the emotional wall you have built. This wall serves as a protective barrier designed to prevent you from having your heart broken again. The wall serves its purpose in protecting you from the guys who will hurt you again but unfortunately the wall makes it impossible for the good guys to find their way to your heart.
If you tend to struggle with food, weight and body image, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly challenging, because they revolve so much around food and mealtimes. For the food addict*, it can feel like there is no escape. Unlike other addictions food is not something you can simply go cold turkey (pun intended) especially this time of year.
By GalTimer Staci Cox "Everything worth having is worth fighting for"~ unknown. A favorable quote that's been around for years. But is it true? In many cases people refer to this quote when dealing with love or relationships. How much fighting is too much? Who decides if the battle is worth fighting for? I'm a lover, and I fight for my love. In love and in war both parties must know what they're fighting for and whether it's worth the fight.
Most men enjoy strippers. Even the ones who do not actively visit strip clubs like the idea of a sexy woman dancing naked for them. Throw in the fact that men are visual animals with a genetic predisposition to breed with as many women as possible in order to successfully spread their genetic seeds. You can see the appeal on a purely instinctual level.
A trauma bond is characterized by betrayal that is so purposeful and self-serving it moves to the realm of trauma. Trauma bonds create chains of trust that link a person to someone who is exploitive,dangerous, abusive and or toxic. A person in a trauma bond feels very confused about their relationship, yet they are unable to break free from it. Here are some characteristics of a Trauma Bond Relationship: 1) Relationship is manipulative and exploitive 2) Agreements are ill-defined, unclear and tentative 3) Feelings are anxious and intense
The average American will gain some weight over the holiday season. While we may hate this fact, consider the even worse news: most people don't lose it after January 1. If your weight has crept up over the years, then it may not be your age that's at fault. Just living through these weeks, year after year, can do the trick. So, not gaining weight during the holiday season is truly its own worthy goal.
John doesn't know what to believe anymore. He has actually become used to his girlfriend's threats to break up with him. It seems like every time they have an argument or she gets irritated with him, she declares that she's going to end their relationship and that she's “done.” This is upsetting for John to hear and the first 4 or 5 times she threatened to break up with him, he did everything he could to calm her down and make everything okay between them again.
“YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ME!” Have you ever felt as if you're talking to a brick wall and you want to (or do) scream these words at your partner? It can be infuriating to have asked your partner to do something and then he or she not only fails to do what you've asked, it's as if you hadn't made the request at all. Your partner might look at you standing there, angry and red-faced, and insist that you didn't say that.