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.
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.
Can a relationship benefit from taking a break? It all comes down to outlining clear intentions, communication, and goals.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but can words really hurt me?
A therapist shares seven ways to build trust in your relationship.
Every conflict offers an opportunity for a deeper understanding.
Listen to the women. Listen to the people of color.
If you haven't travelled together as a couple, do it as soon as possible.
If we all follow these rules, together, we can make this a better country.
You can love better tomorrow, even if it’s difficult today.
The point of marriage is not happiness. The point of marriage is growth.
I communicated irregularly with a tendency to criticize, but learning how to communicate assertively ended that pattern.