Handling Defensiveness

Handling Defensiveness

Sometimes, no matter how nicely you tell your partner about a problem, your partner gets defensive. Your partner’s defensiveness always has the same goal: to avoid taking any responsibility for a problem. Perhaps these common defensive reactions sound familiar:...
Handling Anger

Handling Anger

There are only three styles of handling anger: stuffing, escalating, and complaining. Of the three, only complaining leads to a happy relationship. Stuffing When you stuff your anger, you back away from your or your partner’s anger. Maybe you stuff because You don’t...
Giving Relationship Advice

Giving Relationship Advice

If someone told you about problems in their relationship, would you know how to help? The odds are good that you’ll be asked for advice. In fact, 63 percent of people in a large, recent survey said they had confided in friends or family about relationship problems in...
Help Step-Children Adjust

Help Step-Children Adjust

If you are a step-parent with children in the home, you know how difficult it can be to manage relationships and adjust to the new boundaries and rules. The following ideas may help you make a successful transition during this challenging process. Have patience....
Privacy vs. Secrecy

Privacy vs. Secrecy

Which Can Harm Your Relationship: Privacy or Secrecy? In a committed relationship, a little privacy is a good thing. It fosters an element of mystery, which in turn fuels desire and attraction. Privacy has three main benefits: * Reduces boredom because you can keep...
Infidelity Myths

Infidelity Myths

If you’re like most people you believe in a lot of myths about infidelity and affairs. Unless you bust these myths, you’ll have a harder time dealing with an affair in your relationship. Read on to learn the top 10 myths about affairs and the myth-busting truth for...