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3 Surprising Benefits of Fighting With Your Partner

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Before we look at what happens when couples experience conflict, lets look at what happens when they don’t.  Relationships with no conflict have been proven time and time again to be the least healthy.* Typically, ‘no-conflict’ relationships don’t end with a bang, but with a whisper.  As in, one random morning someone wakes up and

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The 4 Most Important Questions Your Partner Will Never Ask You

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There are four questions that we’re all unconsciously asking the people we love all the time. The four questions rarely get asked with words, just as they’re rarely answered with words. They’re almost always silent questions. When the silent answer to each of the four silent questions is a definitive YES, the love in the relationship

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4 Relationship Lessons We Can ALL Learn From Power Couples

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Guest Post by Lori Gottlieb

As a couples therapist in Los Angeles, I see a lot of people who work in the entertainment industry.  From the outside, they’re considered “power couples” – both partners have successful and glamorous-sounding careers – but often they face the same challenges that any busy, modern couple typically does (kids, sex, time, windows opened or

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Which One of These 4 Attachment Styles Are You?

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Ever wonder why you always seem to be the one who’s more clingy in relationships, or why you kill a connection off early if someone doesn’t demonstrate excessively reassuring signals to you?  In yet another thing to blame your parents for discover about yourself, there are four main attachment styles in adult relationships. Attachment theory

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10 Warning Signs of Physical Abuse

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Physical abuse almost never begins on the first date, the second date, or even the 10th.  Below are 10 warning signs of abusive behavior, as well as resources to get yourself out of an abusive situation.  If you recognize any of the signs from the list below, recognize that you are in serious danger.  Abusers

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6 Steps To An Effective Apology / Final Part

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The one thing to never, ever do while apologizing

You already know that while apologizing, it’s a good call to do this, this, this, even this.  But the last step of an apology is really key in cementing all your thoughtful work in repairing the trust that was either scratched, dented or totaled.  Step 6: Allow the other person to remain upset after hearing the

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