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I needed him to listen and show that he cared about how I felt – to look me in the eyes and be present so I’d know he had my back. But this wasn't something he knew how to do.
The few times we were intimate it was mechanical and void of emotion on his part. Then it stopped all together. In a bizarre way, his distancing made facing his death a lot easier. He inadvertently prepared me for widowhood.
Often, all it takes for hope to be rekindled is finding someone who cares enough to truly listen.
Marriage takes two people who choose to work together in all areas of life.
Many of us live faraway from our families. But the digital age makes it easier to stay close.
One learning curve in college is dealing with roommates. Here are some tips to make your experience an easier one.
Sometimes in order to run the household smoothly, you need to have a business meeting.
Feelings are not the best foundation for marriage. However, feelings, or the lack of them, can affect your marriage. You need to address them together.
Effective skills in communication are necessary to maintain and increase our quality of life.
Part of a working relationship is making decisions together. But doing that successfully depends on how each of you see the relationship.
Criticism has a nasty connotation. However, there are ways to effectively and productively critique someone’s performance, be it an employee, a child, or even your significant other.
The best mortar to hold a marriage, or any other relationship, together can be forgiving each other. But first, you need to know what forgiveness is not.
It may seem old-fashioned to write a letter and mail it. Yet, the last time you got something in the mail besides ads and bills, wasn't it special?
In any apology, the hearer is usually willing to accept it if they believe the apologizer is sincere. The problem comes in how we determine whether or not someone is sincere. This all has to do with how you were taught to apologize in your family growing up.
If you are together as a couple for any length of time, you will have conflict. It’s all about two personalities with their experiences, emotional baggage, perceptions, and feelings learning to coexist. But, unless you learn how to argue fairly, conflicts can make or break your relationship.
I thought I was emotionally self-aware — that is, until my wife and I went to marriage counselling. I went in there expecting the session to help fix my wife and her feelings, but it turned into a discussion about why I had isolated myself from my own emotions.
Do you live under the same roof but feel a million miles away from the person you married? Is there little or no emotional support between you? There is hope. To move forward, you’ll need to understand what factors have eroded your intimacy and what you can do as a couple to rebuild your lost intimacy.
No one wants to hear those words. So what should we do when we do?
In spite of all the tricks we use to try and impress someone in the early stages of dating, intimacy is founded on knowing and being known. Do your actions and words communicate to your partner that it's safe for him to reveal his vulnerabilities to you?
Trust takes time and effort, is easily broken, and hard to restore — but if you’re willing to work at it, the reward is the relationship you’ve always dreamed of.