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Survey Results: Why Couples Fight, Split & Seek Counseling

A recent survey of counseling professionals from YourTango.com—the leader in love and relationships—has dispelled some long-held myths about relationships, namely that couples fight primarily about sex and money (or the lacks therof), and that infidelity is more toxic to a relationship than any other issue.

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Reformed? Chris Brown accepts a Grammy Award three years after infamously beating Rihanna.

Once An Abuser, Always An Abuser?

It's official. Chris Brown and Rihanna are together again—musically, at least. While Rihanna may have forgiven Chris Brown, who pled guilty to felony assault, others can't forget the startling photo of a battered Rihanna and fear it could happen again. Which begs the question, can an abuser really change?

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The UN estimates that human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide.

'I Was Drugged And Forced To Do Porn': Surviving The Sex Trade

Samantha* is 30 years old. She is a makeup artist; a nanny; a professing Christian, and an advocate against human trafficking. This cause is near and dear to her heart because she has been there herself. At the age of 24, she wandered into what she thought was a job interview in Southern California and ended up being drugged, beaten, raped, and forced to work in the commercial sex industry.

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Having a family to care for makes it easier to battle depression.

'Put On A Happy Face': How I Manage Depression As A Wife And Mom

Whether or not researchers have Blue Monday (this year, today, January 13) pinned accurately as the most depressing day of the year, the winter months can be a particularly challenging time for those who struggle with depression. The cold weather, holidays and reduced daylight hours are enough to make anyone feel a little bit sad. But depression is so much more than just feeling sad. Depression is sadness and it’s hopelessness, fear, a paralyzing sense that this is how you’re going to feel forever, that this misery is never going to go away, things won’t get better. Then there’s the guilt: the guilt that comes from feeling like you’re failing everyone around you. Like you should be able to snap out of this and come back to life. Feeling like you’re letting everybody down.

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Confessions From A Codependent Marriage

My first marriage was a nine-year exercise in co-dependence. Believe me, I don't say that lightly. We dove head first into a relationship built on controlling one another and indulging a neediness that knew no bounds. We should have known from day one that we were setting ourselves up for massive failure.

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Are You Doomed To Cheat?

In the game of love, few moves are more damaging and cruel than cheating. And yet, according to one recent survey, 25 percent of women say they'd be willing to cheat if someone piqued their interest

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The Dark Side Of Love: Shedding Light On Domestic Violence

Brenda's story is one told in Sin by Silence, a documentary about domestic violence's worst-case-scenarios where the victims are incarcerated for killing their abusers. The film makes its world television premiere on Investigation Discovery at 8 PM ET on October 17, coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Award-winning director Olivia Klaus helmed the project, which was close to her heart and hit close to home.

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How I Fought For My Marriage... And Won

We'd stopped being good to each other. We were no longer loving spouses. But by the time my husband suggested separating, I had reached an epiphany. Our marriage was worth saving, I'd decided, and I was willing to do anything it took.

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Baby Talk: In Our 40s, We're Still Not Sure If We Want Kids

I have been married almost four years now. For the most part, my relationship with my husband, Matt, who happens to be a matchmaker and dating coach, has pretty much been "out there" in terms of our views regarding dating, marriage, love, how men think and how to handle a breakup. We have written books, appeared on television and given lots of advice. But perhaps the one area that we haven’t had too much experience in dealing with: children. Until recently that is.

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The Credit Downgrade: Fewer Splurges, More Stress For Couples

Unfortunately, when Congress was at a standstill about raising the debt ceiling, Standard & Poor was unimpressed with how the United States was handling its fund. As a result, just this past weekend the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating from an elite AAA to a lesser AA+. Now, we're looking at wild swings in the DOW on Wall Street, financial analysts uttering the word "recession" again, and potentially higher interest rates as a result of the downgrade. Since finances are consistently a huge form of tension among couples, we were obviously concerned at this news. So to put things in perspective, we asked experts what the credit downgrade might mean for our love lives as we move through the rest of the year, and even farther into the future.

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Stop Arguing! 5 Tips For Happier, Healthier Conversations

You know those moments when you’re having the same argument with someone over and over? Verbal Groundhog Day, in other words. The conversation almost always plays out the same way: it devolves to the point that you're not even sure what you were originally arguing about, leading both of you to feel frustrated and upset. The good news is it doesn't have to be that way. These five tips that will help you enhance communication with the important people in your life.

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6 Ways To Beat Boredom In A Relationship (And Why It's Important)

Coupledom can be a fragile thing. There are threats everywhere, and even the strongest relationships need to be monitored and protected on a daily basis. From flirtatious friendships and infidelity, to blowouts over friends and relatives, to fights about money, relationships are all too easily toppled by big issues. But it's not just the biggies we need to worry about. There are also smaller, more insidious threats to relationship satisfaction—threats we take for granted as being a normal part of a relationship.

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I Married A Sociopath

Reading Montgomery's claims now, one could wonder why anyone—specifically me—would believe them. But this was before we all knew that online profiles are full of lies. It was before I knew that sociopaths did not necessarily look like Charles Manson, with long scraggly hair and a swastika etched into his forehead. And it was before I knew that someone who proclaimed he was so head-over-heels in love with me could be lying.