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How to Set Expectations and Boundaries With Polyamory

How to Set Expectations and Boundaries With Polyamory

Monogamy is the norm, but some changes are happening. Between 2016 and 2020, for example, the number of U.S. adults under 30 who were interested in non-monogamy rose from 20 percent to early 33 percent. Part of this can be chalked up to cultural shifts. In addition,...

How People-Pleasing Affects Romantic Relationships

How People-Pleasing Affects Romantic Relationships

While not a diagnosis, people-pleasing can be a challenging personality trait. After all, while it’s important to be a kind and giving person, you can’t always put others first. Such behavior is often based on a need for approval and it can lead to self-neglect. As...

How Does Relationship Stress Influence Recovery From Addiction?

How Does Relationship Stress Influence Recovery From Addiction?

In addiction of any kind is, by definition, a challenge. But, piled atop this reality is everyday life. Whatever mental health issue you may be dealing with, there are always other issues complicating matters. For example, every relationship involves some level of...

5 Ways to Build Your Couples Communication Skill Set

5 Ways to Build Your Couples Communication Skill Set

Fairy tales and rom-com movies sent us on a search for soul mates and happily ever after. Social media blurs the line between real and fake. Meanwhile, the foundation of a happy relationship has not changed. Health communication is the rock on which you can build your...

What Are the 4 Family Communication Patterns?

What Are the 4 Family Communication Patterns?

We all talk a good game when it comes to family. But everywhere we look, family dysfunction is common. Part of this arises from us not recognizing that family units are quite complicated. A bunch of people are connected despite big differences. They are different in...

How Wealth Can Negatively Impact Your Marriage

How Wealth Can Negatively Impact Your Marriage

We live in a profit-driven society. Having wealth is not a guarantee of happiness or marriage satisfaction. But when so much of our daily lives revolve around money, wealth can make some aspects of a couple’s life less stressful. Issues like unemployment and debt can...

Rekindling the Spark: How Couples Counseling Can Reignite Passion

Rekindling the Spark: How Couples Counseling Can Reignite Passion

Relationships go through challenges; lack of intimacy, feeling distant, loss of connection, etc. It may feel that the relationship is losing the overall spark it had from the beginning. While relationships go through ups and downs, they do not need to stay in low...

How to Manage Anxiety When Dating Someone New

How to Manage Anxiety When Dating Someone New

Dating someone new can be exhilarating as well as intimidating — often at the same time. This challenging blend gets escalated if anxiety is present. It may sometimes be called “dating anxiety,” but that’s not an official diagnosis. More likely, the person feeling...

The Effects of Online Infidelity

The Effects of Online Infidelity

It’s convenient — and dangerous — to view online intimacy as nothing serious. You can never see someone’s face or hear their voice but still be cheating. There is no useful reason to rank it below a physical affair. In fact, you could convincingly argue that more...

5 Ways to Help Your Partner Struggling With Depression

5 Ways to Help Your Partner Struggling With Depression

One of the most helpless feelings in the world can involve witnessing your partner struggle with depression. For starters, you may vacillate between guilt (Did I cause this? Why can’t I do more to help?) and frustration (Why won’t they let me be more help?). It’s a...