Mindfulness Tips for Hard Conversations

Gillian Florence Sanger  //  

You can do more than "agree to disagree." Learn how to communicate with shared humanity and boundaries in mind.

How To Change Your Own Contempt

Ken Fremont-Smith, MAC, LMHC  //  

You may not even be aware of how you are acting or speaking out of contempt—often it can feel like you are being genuine. Dr. John Gottman realized there needs to be a path that leads to a culture of appreciation, and that is by expressing your feelings and longings.

The Pursuer-Distancer Dynamic

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW  //  

While all couples need autonomy and closeness, many partners struggle with the pursuer-distancer dance and feel chronically dissatisfied with their degree of intimacy. When the pattern of pursuing and distancing becomes ingrained, the behavior of one partner provokes and maintains the behavior of the other.

Discovering Dr. Gottman as a Conflict Resolution Professional

Natalie Smith  //  

When you are trying to get your point across, it is not helpful to scream louder or longer. That is a waste of time and energy—time and energy better spent reviewing the perspectives of both parties involved.

Do Trial Separations Work?

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW  //  

Can a relationship benefit from taking a break? It all comes down to outlining clear intentions, communication, and goals.

Can Words Really Hurt Me?

Shantel Patu  //  

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but can words really hurt me?