Is Your Partner Blame-Shifting?

Blame-shifting in relationships is a manipulation tactic designed by the abuser to victimize themselves while portraying negative situations as your fault. The blame game in relationships is often a running joke in popular movies and TV shows. However, what do…

The 7 Stages Of Marriage

We tend to think of marriage as a block of time in our lives. We get married. This block of time begins, and we hope it continues running linearly until “death do us part.” Most couples begin walking on the…

Are You In A One-Sided Relationship?

When you’re in love, it’s normal to want to do everything in your power to make your significant other happy. One-sided love at the beginning has hope, excitement and a longing to see the other person respond to your feelings.…

What Are Your Relationship Goals?

Have you ever considered creating real relationship goals to protect and enhance your love with your spouse or partner? Ask anyone who is married or in a committed relationship what their number one priority is, and the majority of people…

The Balance Of Power In Relationships

Most of us don’t like to think about “balance of power” when we think about relationships. Intimate relationships involve sharing and cooperation — but it takes two to share and cooperate. What if one partner doesn’t want to? Whoever wants…

Stress About Money?

Feeling overwhelmed by financial worries? Whatever your circumstances, there are ways to get through these tough economic times, ease stress and anxiety, and regain control of your finances. While money is a relatively common cause of stress and marital tension,…

Stonewalling In A Relationship

Stonewalling in a relationship involves refusing to communicate with another person. Intentionally shutting down during an argument, also known as the silent treatment, can be hurtful, frustrating, and harmful to the relationship. In a discussion or argument, the listener withdraws…

Do You Practice Emotional Validation?

Emotional validation involves understanding and showing acceptance for another person’s feelings. When people receive this type of validation, they feel that their emotions are not only seen and heard by others but that these feelings are also accepted. If a…