relationships

Relationships are an investment. The more you put in, the more you get back.


A healthy love relationship involves: honest, direct verbal and non-verbal communication where each partner is heard and listened to; being able to work through and manage conflict where a productive resolution results; staying involved with each other where you feel connected, as opposed to just co-existing; and maintaining outside friendships and interests in order to have various sources to meet your needs instead of relying on your partner to satisfy all your needs.


However, every couple has their ups and downs. These difficult periods can manifest through stress and conflict resulting from: miscommunication, lack of trust, not finding things in common anymore, not having the connection or intimacy that was once present, or other issues.


When we feel stress in a conflict or disagreement, it tends to cause difficulty in the following areas:

▪Accurately reading another person's nonverbal           

              communication.

▪Hearing what someone is really saying.

▪Being aware of your own feelings.

▪Being in touch with your deep-rooted needs.

▪Communicating your needs clearly.


Once these obstacles are present, it can be challenging to communicate effectively. Fortunately  we can learn ways to manage stress and deal with conflict.


If you are experiencing any form of difficulty or dissatisfaction in your relationship, it may be time to seek assistance in learning some new tools to manage differences, manage stress, learn how to resolve conflict, or to deal with other issues that are affecting your relationship.


While there should be a general trend toward increased marital satisfaction, the adage "Two steps forward, one step back" does occasionally apply. The patterns you have established in your marriage have likely existed for quite some time. While these may be negative patterns, at least they are familiar. When you and your partner start developing new patterns and ways of relating, expect this to feel unfamiliar and possibly uncomfortable. Try not to lose faith and revert back to patterns which although familiar, did not produce a healthy marriage.


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about creating a happier relationship.

COMMON signs of Relationship Difficulties:

  1. consistent arguing

  2. difficulty communicating

  3. dissatisfaction with relationship

  4. feel nothing in common

  5. avoid topics/issues to keep the peace

  6. feel distant or detached

  7. difficulty being honest in relationship

  8. thinking about or committing infidelity

  9. being emotionally unavailable


“The secret of success is not to try to get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem.”

~T. Harv Eker

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