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How To Survive A Partner's Betrayal

By Margarita Nahapetyan Some people say that when we deeply love or care about someone we automatically open the door to betrayal. I am not sure whether such statement holds true or not, but one thing I know for sure - relationships are never easy and, no matter what we might picture and dream of in the happy early stages, relationships absolutely do not provide a promise of safety or an everlasting love. Finding out about a partner'

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Long Distance Relationships Can Actually End Up In Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been universally acknowledged that having a long distance relationship is not such a good idea, especially if there is no known end-date to the separation. Endless phone calls, expensive plane tickets, low satisfaction - the list of negatives can go on and on. You have to be really very brave and mature to start a serious long distance relationship, even in the age of FaceTime and Skype. Probably the idea of any type of relation

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Why Do Relationships Fail and How to Improve Them

By Margarita Nahapetyan One of the biggest causes of stress and unhappiness in life are failed relationships. Making a relationship work is one of the most important life skills a person can learn. If individuals cannot maintain lasting relationships, they, without any doubt, will always find it hard to be happy. So what are the common reasons why once harmonious and happy relationships break down? There are several clear cut ways to

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Relationships - The Secrets of Personality Type Revealed

Excerpted from Just Your Type : Create the Relationship You've Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type By Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger You are about to learn about - or perhaps expand your understanding of - a fascinating and well-respected tool that will give you powerful new insights into yourself, your partner, and all the important people in your life. Of the many systems that philosophers, psychologists, and all-around wise people throughout th

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Relationships During Quarantine

By Margarita Nahapetyan How is your relationship going during the quarantine? Does too much togetherness make you feel comfortable or is it driving you crazy? Now that all of us have been in a longer-term quarantine for the past few months, you are probably seeing how this situation is affecting your relationship. The sadness, irritability, anxiety, and even anger at times, feel intensified because you and your partner have to stay ho

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What Do Men And Women Want In A Relationship?

By Margarita Nahapetyan It turns out that men and women have different expectations from a relationship. According to a new study, while men, valuing their independence, like to go for one night stand, women prefer dating with the prospect of a long term, committed relationship. In their new study, Carolyn Bradshaw from James Madison University in Virginia, United States, and her fellow colleagues, analyzed the reasons that motivate m

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Infidelity

Excerpted from The Divorce Remedy: The Proven 7-Step Program for Saving Your Marriage By Michele Weiner Davis It's been estimated that 20 percent of married women and 37 percent of married men have been unfaithful to their spouses. There is little that is more devastating than the discovery that your partner has strayed. Affairs corrode trust, the basic building block of marriage. If your spouse has been unfaithful, I'm sure you have difficulty imagining moving beyond y

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The Secret Lives of Suburban Wives

Excerpted from To Love, Honor and Betray; The Secret Lives of Suburban Wives By Stephanie Gertler, Adrienne Lopez To Love, Honor, and Betray was conceived one night as we sat at a local haunt in our Westchester, New York, suburb. We were sipping Cosmopolitans and talking about marriage and how few really good marriages we know-and wondering if the ones that appear to be "good" in fact are. We remarked on how many of the women we know are dissatisfied, disappointed, and

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E-Mail Etiquette with Dates and Mates

Excerpted from E-Mail Etiquette: Do's, Don'ts and Disaster Tales from People Magazine's Internet Manners Expert By Samantha Miller Is it okay to ask for a first date via e-mail? To break up via e-mail? What 's the proper way to take an online relationship into real life? Is cybersex really cheating? A few years ago, I wrote a story for People about married couples who had met on the Net. Some of the people we interviewed had gone online looking

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The Roots of Dysfunctional Love

Excerpted from Getting Love Right: Learning the Choices of Healthy Intimacy By Terence T. Gorski, M.A., N.C.A.C. If you are among the millions of Americans struggling to get love right, the odds are you came from a dysfunctional family. In fact, in the United States today, more people come from dysfunctional families than healthy families. It is estimated that approximately 70 to 80 percent come from dysfunctional families. Consequently, being normal in the United State

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Finding Your True Identity in Marriage

Excerpted from Not Your Parents' Marriage: Bold Partnership for a New Generation By Jerome Daley It was Monday, January 13, 2003. We had just finished signing the papers to purchase our new house. For the first time in almost three years, all of our possessions would finally reconvene under one roof, and we were some kind of ready! I (Jerome) pulled the loaded truck into our new drive-way so we could carry hundreds of boxes through our new garage into new rooms in our n

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Intimate Relationships: Truth Versus Myth

Excerpted from The Intimacy Struggle: Revised and Expanded for All Adults By Janet Woititz You have been living with many myths generated and perpetuated by your family system. Because of this you put such enormous pressure on yourself that you wonder whether having a healthy, intimate relationship is worth paying the price. You are torn apart by push-pull issues which may be illusionary to others, but are very real, and sometimes paralyzing, t

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Life in the Comfort Zone - Relationships Boundaries

Excerpted from Living in the Comfort Zone; The Gift of Boundaries in Relationships By Rokelle Lerner Few of us in our western culture know where our comfort zone is. Indeed, what it is probably provokes some confusion. We are raised to live the American Way, the way of the warrior, the pioneer, the manifest entrepreneur. This has served us well for centuries! To go where no one has gone before, to paraphrase Star Trek, helped our foreparents to stretch beyond their limi

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Guys Prefer Non-Drinking Ladies

By Margarita Nahapetyan Very often young ladies in college may be drinking in excess to impress or charm the counterparts of the opposite sex. However, the new study suggests that college guys actually are not quite impressed when women become their drinking buddies. The new study discovered that despite of the fact that traditionally, men tend to consume alcohol more than women, an overwhelming majority of women overestimated the amo

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A New Model of Love

Excerpted from How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women By Terrence Real The first phase of relational recovery, bringing the couple back into connection, requires the partners, as individuals, to move beyond gender roles that were imposed upon them, with or without their consent, as children. Relational recovery supports women in reclaiming their full authority and men in reclaiming connectedness. Once the partners can speak and list

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Beyond the Confines of the Familiar

Excerpted from Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments By Melinda Blau, Karen L. Fingerman, Ph.D. On a shopping excursion with her husband, Sue Ellen Cooper bought herself a bright red vintage fedora just for the fun of it. A few months later, Cooper, a mural painter and freelance illustrator from Fullerton, California, started a birthday tradition: She gave a red hat to each friend who turned fifty (or older). Cooper also include

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Forgiveness - Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Excerpted from Relationships: A Mess Worth Making By Timothy S. Lane, M. Div., D. Min., Paul D. Tripp Forgiveness Is Costly, But Not Forgiving Is More Costly No matter how you spin it, forgiveness is costly. Regardless of how big or small the offense, canceling a debt and absorbing the cost is going to hurt. But the parable shows us that not forgiving also has a price, and it is higher than the price forgiveness demands. This is where we must le

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A Lifetime of Friends

Excerpted from Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals By Stephen E. Ambrose, Ph.D. Friendships stretch across the horizon-fathers, of course, and sons, as well as wives, career acquaintances of every type, many more. The serendipitous ones come from college, either classmates or students. With them you attend the same classes, read the same books, more or less learn the same things. If you are a male you rush and later join the same fraternity, date the same gi

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Who Can Understand a Woman?

Excerpted from Light Her Fire: How to Ignite Passion, Joy and Excitement in the Woman You Love By Ellen Kreidman, Ph.D Ask a man what the perfect woman would be like, and often he will say, "I want her to be a lady during the day and a mistress at night." Ask that same man what he thinks a woman wants in a man, and his response most often is, "You've got me. Who can understand them? They're too complicated. She doesn't know what she wants!" Henr

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What Is Controlling All About?

Excerpted from Compelled to Control; Recovering Intimacy in Broken Relationships By J. Keith Miller At the very foundation of human experience there rages a silent hidden battle for self-esteem, for the unique identity and soul of each individual. We experience the combatants in this inner struggle as different parts of our selves, almost as two warring factions or personalities. One combatant is our private, inner person who wants to be authentic and develop into the b

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Thank God Women are Not Men

Excerpted from It's A Guy Thing : An Owner's Manual for Women By David Deida Why Do We Fight So Much? Often, arguments arise because women want their partners to be more like them. Women typically want men to make more of a commitment to the relationship and to express their feelings about the intimacy. Women want men to pay more attention and spend more time with them in an intimate, romantic and loving way. That is, women want men to be more l

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Who Are These Guys?

Excerpted from Let's Face It, Men Are $$#%$: What Women Can Do About It By Joseph Rock, Psy.D., Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D. Men can't commit. Men hate women. Men can't communicate. Men "don't get it." Men want to be Peter Pan. Men are from Mars. You see it on TV talk shows, you read about it in women's magazines and self-help books, you hear it from your friends. Men are doing lots of things that make it hard for women to relate to and understand t

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Opening to Love 365 Days a Year

Excerpted from Opening to Love 365 Days a Year By Judith Sherven, Ph.D., James Sniechowski, Ph. D. Apologies What's the big deal about apologizing? So many of us have such a hard time getting the words "I'm sorry" out of our mouths, much less with sincere, loving feeling. Is it that we'll lose pride, or tenderize some of the toughness around our heart? What do you lose? What makes it so hard to say "I'm sorry"? If you ca

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From Meeting to Marriage

Excerpted from Fine Romance: The Passage of Courtship from Meeting to Marriage By Judith Sills, Ph.D. It starts with "Can I buy you a drink?" It can lead to "Let's buy a house." It's called courtship, and for most of us it's an emotional upheaval. This upheaval does not resemble in the least the romance you have been anticipating, the one in which you fall magically, instantly, and mutually in love. You've been envisioning a charming, imaginativ

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Emotions as the Heart of Conflict and Peacemaking

Excerpted from Healing the Heart of Conflict: 8 Crucial Steps to Making Peace with Yourself and Others By Mark Gopin, Ph.D. Step Two involves a deepening of the process of self-examination to help us identify the emotions that lead to the conflict or conflicts in our lives. Now if you're involved in a painful situation, the last thing you might be inclined to do is to further engage and explore your own emotional life. Your feelings may be so strong that you can't imagi

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