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Some Women Prefer Overweight Men If They Are Rich

By Margarita Nahapetyan It is not surprising to find that beautiful women do not mind fat men as long as they are rich, and now, a new study has discovered a formula for calculating how much more money a man needs to earn if he gains extra pounds to keep attracting the same type of women. Pierre-Andre Chiappori, an economics professor at Columbia University, who is studying the effect of extra weight on male and female potential in th

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Online Dating Criminals Steal Hearts And Cash

By Margarita Nahapetyan More than 200,000 people in the United Kingdom may have fallen victim to online criminals who pose as romantic partners on different Internet dating sites, found a new study by online polling site YouGov. New research, which appears to be the first to analyze the potential scale of the problem, found that online scams target dating websites or social media, posing as soldiers or models on a regular basis in ord

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The Feelings of Love

Excerpted from The First Years of Forever By Ed Wheat, M.D. As newlyweds or an engaged couple, you undoubtedly qualify as experts on the feelings of love. Since few parents today are in the business of arranging marriages, most couples marry because the feelings of love draw them together in an almost irresistible fashion. You know for yourself the euphoric wonder of new love—the magic, the mystery, the miraculous sense of well-being (often described as walking on air)

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Avoiding The Heartache Of Premature Intimacy

Excerpted from Too Close Too Soon; Avoiding The Heartache Of Premature Intimacy By Jim A. Talley "When I first met Sally, it was just like a fairy tale," Walter confided. "Love at first sight. Music playing. Bells ringing. Everything . . . except the 'happily ever after' part. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong, but a few weeks later the magic was gone and we broke up." "I wonder why relationships are so complicated," Andy mused thoughtfully.

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Sex and Food: How They Work Together

Excerpted from Is It Love or Is It Sex; Why Relationships Don't Work By Carla Wills-Brandon Sex and food. Both are necessary for the continuation of our species. Both are very powerful and have the capacity to change the way we feel about our lives and the world around us. If used in an addictive manner, food and sex can distort our reality just as effectively as alcohol and other drugs, and the consequences of addiction to food and sex can be just as devastating as alc

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The Search for a Soulmate

Excerpted from On the Way to the Wedding: Transforming the Love Relationship By Linda Schierse Leonard Ever since I can remember I've longed for a soulmate. I was never particularly interested in marriage itself since my parents' marriage was so terrible. And when I was young I looked down on weddings. To me they were bourgeois, materialistic, nothing but "show." But a soulmate, that "other half," as Plato called it, that one who would make me whole, who would lead me t

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Improving Our Relationships

Excerpted from Beyond Codependency By Melody Beattie Relationships are where we take our recovery show on the road. In this section, we'll explore some ideas for improving relationships. Much of the focus will be on special love relationships, but the ideas apply to all our relationships. Many of them can grow into special love relationships too. Actually, the entire book explores ideas for improving relationships. All our recovery work-dealing

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Toward Marriage - Family Therapy

Excerpted from The Family Crucible; The Intense Experience of Family Therapy By Augustus Y. Napier, Carl Whitaker, M.D. There was a new quality in the next session. Carolyn was there-really there-not just sitting miserably, wishing the hour would end. She settled in her chair in a new way, giving the impression of wanting to stay for a while. She had risked showing a fraction of her pain, and we had responded with ordinary human concern. Nothing dramatic. But for Caroly

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Smart Love; A Codependence Recovery Program

Excerpted from Smart Love; A Codependence Recovery Program By Jody Hayes During the past few years, hundreds of thousands of people across America have been exploring the painful reality of their addiction to love. Both men and women are reading psychologically oriented and personal-growth books on addictive love, watching television talk shows devoted to relationship problems, and forming self-help peer groups to escalate their recovery. Individually and together, thes

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Materialistic Couples Less Happy In Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan Married couples who dwell too much on money and possessions could harm their marriage, says a new study suggesting that people who prioritize money are less likely to be satisfied in their matrimonial units. In a research conducted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, scientists found that materialism in a person was linked to lower levels of responsiveness to the spouse, as well as less emotional maturi

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Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship

Excerpted from The Wounded Woman; Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship By Linda Schierse Leonard The Father-Daughter Wound Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air Hang fated o'er men's faults light on thy daughters! - Shakespeare Every week wounded women come into my office suffering from a poor self-image, from the inability to form lasting relationships, or from a lack of confidence in their ability to work a

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How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships

Excerpted from That's Not What I Meant! How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships By Deborah Tannen The Problem Is the Process You know the feeling: You meet someone for the first time, and it's as if you've known each other all your lives. Everything goes smoothly. You know just what she means; she knows just what you mean. You laugh at the same time. Your sentences and hers have a perfect rhythm. You feel terrific; you're doing ev

Financial Infidelity Increases During Recession

By Margarita Nahapetyan One in every four married people in the United States would not tell their spouse if they were having financial problems, found a poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). The survey's goal was to give an idea of how married couples deal with financial difficulties in a period of bad economy and recession. According to study respondents, the reason for some of them to keep a secret

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The Earliest Relationship; Parents, Infants and Early Attachment

Excerpted from The Earliest Relationship; Parents, Infants and Early Attachment By T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Bertrand G. Cramer The Prehistory of Attachment Each woman's pregnancy reflects her whole life prior to conception. Her experiences with her own mother and father, her subsequent experiences with the oedipal triangle, and the forces that led her to adapt to it more or less successfully and finally to separate from her parents, all influen

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Codependency - Making Relationships Work

Excerpted from Love Is a Choice; Recovery for Codependent Relationships By Robert Hemfelt, Frank Minirth, Paul Meier We mentioned in the last chapter that the opposite of dependence or codependency is not independence. It is interdependence. Perhaps our illustration of a relationship wheel can further clarify. The Relationship Wheel At the top of the wheel is that happy circumstance, the healthy, inter-dependent marriage

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Risk to Be Healed; The Heart of Personal and Relationship Growth

Excerpted from Risk to Be Healed; The Heart of Personal and Relationship Growth By Barry Vissell The Risk to Listen "Let's take life easy now" Barry remarked as we received the first copies of our second book. Models of Love, from the printer . It had been quite a challenge to finish the book while both our children were small and being homeschooled. I nodded my approval as Barry further commented, "Surely we can slow down now and make life simp

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Making Sense of Divorce

Excerpted from Divorce Talk; Women and Men Make Sense of Personal Relationships By Catherine Kohler Riessman Personal Meaning in a Social Context Divorce has touched the lives of more individuals today than ever before in history. The marital bonds that in earlier generations (and in many parts of the world to this day) were broken most often by death are in many Western societies now most often broken by divorce. As a relatively common response

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Characteristics of Destructive Relationships

Excerpted from Addictive Relationships; Reclaiming Your Boundaries By Joy Miller A. "if I Tell Him I Love Him, He Will Change" (Tunnel Vision) Our destructive relationship is like traveling through a long airtight grey tunnel interspersed with a few brilliant specks of bright light. Despite the knowledge that we can leave the tunnel at any time, we continue searching aimlessly for another speck of iridescent light. Intellectually we know that th

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Intimacy, Coupleship; How to Build a Relationship

Excerpted from Coupleship; How to Build a Relationship By Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception, it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity. - Kierkegaard You can only give away what you have. That is the miracle of intimacy and that is the hope of every close relationship. If you have love and the ability to be intimate, you can give it away. If you don't

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New Generation Prefers Internet To Dating

By Margarita Nahapetyan It turns out that Internet has become a basic need, ranking as important as air, water, food and shelter for one in three college students and young professionals who took part in the latest global survey by leading communications and collaboration networking giant Cisco. The new survey is based on the second annual Cisco Connected World Technology Report that analyzes the connection between human behavior, the

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The Purposes and Pitfalls of Dating

Excerpted from Toward A Growing Marriage: Building the Love Relationship of your Dreams By Gary D. Chapman I have met many Christian college students who have given up on dating. They have found it to be a road strewn with heart-hurt, physical frustration, misunderstanding, and untold bother, all of which add up to a "bad trip." "Why date? I'll just wait till God brings the right one into my life and avoid all the dating hassle," they reason. Ar

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Toward a More Permanent Love

Excerpted from Permanent Love; Practical Steps to a Lasting Relationship By Edward E. Ford, Steve Englund Perhaps the strongest, most definitive drive of the human species is the drive toward love. It may also be the most multifaceted, the most talked and written about, and the least understood or fulfilled. Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink, runs the old saw, and the same could be said for love. We live in a society that chokes from overuse of the word l

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Divorce Linked To Hair Loss In Women

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women who had lost a spouse through divorce or death are much more likely to suffer from hair loss than women who are happily married or single, a new study has found. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, marital break-up, high levels of stress, smoking, and heavy drinking lead to increased hair loss in women. The conclusions are based on the two brand new studies that involved identical twins, bo

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