How to survive dysfunctional family gatherings

3 Ways to Cope When Family Gatherings Make You Squirm

How do you feel about the holiday season? Many of us have emerged from dysfunctional, chemically altered, abusive, negligent or toxic family relationships. Merely the thought of facing these people again can set off a firestorm of triggers. You may feel guilty about avoiding family during holidays. You may dreadRead More

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My Partner Doesn’t Understand Me: How to Fix Relationship Problems (without fighting)

When you try to talk with your partner, you may find yourself saying: We don’t understand each other. Everything I say is taken the wrong way. My husband doesn’t understand me emotionally. I can’t talk to my partner about how I feel. Sometimes it’s true: we just don’t understand. ItRead More

Tips for when a partner is defensive

7 Tips When Your Partner is Defensive

Does happen to you? When you try to talk with your partner, do you think: “I can’t talk to my boyfriend without him getting mad” “Why is my partner so defensive?” “My husband gets defensive when I tell him how I feel” When you’re in a relationship, you have anRead More

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Why You Need to Have that Difficult Conversation With Him

Are you seeing signs that unresolved issues are hurting your relationship? You want to connect better with your partner. But you’re tied up in knots about telling him you’re upset. When you don’t know how to have a difficult conversation about a relationship problem, you’re left: Feeling shut down whenRead More

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Newly Engaged? Why Premarital Counseling Can Prepare You for a Happier Life Ahead

If you’re newly engaged, you may be spending a lot of your time planning the wedding. But while you’re focusing on the flowers and the flavor of the cake, here’s why it’s good to spend time preparing for your life together, too. One of the best ways to fulfill aRead More