Do you find it difficult to say “no” to others? Do you have a hard time speaking up about what you want? Do you avoid sharing contrary opinions?
It’s possible you are engaging in ‘people pleasing’.
That idea may seem like a positive one. After all, an important part of being in a relationship is supporting the other person and making them happy. If you’re engaging in people pleasing behavior, it’s likely you are doing a lot of both!
Unfortunately, you are probably often doing so at the expense of yourself. Continue in this vein and you may eventually lose touch with your own preferences, needs, and desires entirely. Read More
It’s likely you know that your childhood shaped who you are.
Your parents, your culture, and other experiences influenced how you interacted with the world around you. And while many of those influences may have been positive, you still lost parts of yourself in the process.
But it’s possible to regain those lost parts, and your partner is the best person to help you do that. Read More
Many romantic movies teach us a damaging myth when they end with a simple “happily ever after.” They lead us to believe that true romantic love will last forever with no effort.
But the truth is romantic love, otherwise known as infatuation, is a chemical reaction in your brain that can last anywhere from two minutes to two years. And once your brain returns to normal… you may be in for a rude awakening.
You start to notice things about your partner that you didn’t before. Things that will trigger feelings of anxiety and disillusionment.
You might think, “You’ve changed!” This may seem like a logical explanation, but usually those behaviors were there all along. They just didn’t bother you until those “love” brain chemicals went away. Read More
Have you ever had a heated fight with your partner that left you feeling disconnected? When there has been this kind of relationship rupture, sometimes saying “I’m sorry” isn’t enough.
Or maybe you experienced a betrayal where the pain ran so deep it stayed with you for days, weeks, months, or even years? When there has been this kind of relationship rupture, only saying “I’m sorry” is never enough.
Together you need to have an Intentional Dialogue about what happened in order to fully or largely move past the pain. There are six essential elements you should focus on during the repair process of a relationship rupture. Read More