How to Approach a Wary Partner About Pre-Marital Counseling

How to Approach a Wary Partner About Pre-Marital Counseling

Pre-marital counseling is one of the greatest gifts you can offer yourself and your fiancé. It offers the opportunity to learn healthy communication and conflict skills. Some partners, nevertheless, will balk at the prospect of counseling; perhaps to avoid stigma of association with mental health problems or distrust in confidentiality. This blog will give you some ideas for bringing your fiancé around or taking the step yourself.

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7 Ways To Be a More Positive Spouse or Partner

7 Ways To Be a More Positive Spouse or Partner

In a committed relationship, your interactions with each other should be positive at least 80% of the time on average. When you drop below that baseline, the relationship risks developing a general negative aura. You walk around with a chip on your shoulder rather than giving your spouse or partner the benefit of the doubt. This blog helps you explore ways to keep your relationship healthy and positive . . . .

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"Don't Tell Me to Calm Down!" What Not to Do When Your Spouse is Ticked Off

"Don't Tell Me to Calm Down!" What Not to Do When Your Spouse is Ticked Off

Conflict in any committed relationship is unavoidable. Conflict management is necessary to keep arguments from escalating into unhealthy fighting. When your spouse or partner is genuinely upset, it helps to be patient.. Trying to calm an angry spouse can be futile in certain situations. Read on to learn the do’s and don’ts of conflict.

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Has Your Marriage Lost Its Manners? Simple Ways to Restore Civility, Consideration, and Goodwill

Has Your Marriage Lost Its Manners? Simple Ways to Restore Civility, Consideration, and Goodwill

Most of us learn to use good manners in childhood as a means to show respect to our friends and especially our elders. We often forget, however, to keep those good manners in place when we interact with our spouses. Failing to say “please” and “thank you” are simple expressions of respect. Scorn, criticism, contempt, and simple failure to acknowledge your spouse’s feelings is disrespectful. Keep it in mind - good manners convey respect!

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6 Tips for Talking Things Out When Eye-Rolling, Long Sighs & Slamming Doors Don't Work

6 Tips for Talking Things Out When Eye-Rolling, Long Sighs & Slamming Doors Don't Work

Are you or your partner using a passive-aggressive communication style instead of open, honest, and direct expression of your emotions and needs? If so, you are sabotaging the health of your relationship. Frustration and anger are usually the fruits of this dysfunctional style of communication. Read on to learn how to break this unhealthy pattern.

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Are Your Oversensitive? How Defensiveness May Be Damaging Your Marriage

Are Your Oversensitive?  How Defensiveness May Be Damaging Your Marriage

Being sensitive to the feelings of other people, especially our spouses/partners, is a desirable trait. Good traits, like bad traits, can become excessive and damage relationships. If you are over-sensitive, always defending yourself and making excuses, it might be time to look at taking more responsibility for your actions. . . Read more to assess yourself and your spouse.

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