Category: Relationships

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Normal Behavior… or a Sexual Addiction?

Normal Behavior… or a Sexual Addiction?

Sexual Content is Everywhere… With easy access to MA (mature) material on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, I have begun noticing myself not so easily phased by sexually explicit material that once elicited a cringe or embarrassment. After shows like House of Cards, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Veep, my sexual-content-threshold has risen. We become desensitized...

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Good Boundaries: When to Hold Your Tongue or Time

Good Boundaries: When to Hold Your Tongue or Time

It can often be really hard to say “no” to someone in your life, and it can be even more difficult to know when you should or shouldn’t get involved with someone else’s struggle. When it comes to making decisions about whether to get involved or not, it can be important to weigh a couple...

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Date Nights Are Essential to Your Marriage and Mental Well-Being

Date Nights Are Essential to Your Marriage and Mental Well-Being

Date nights are essential to your marriage and mental well-being. With the day-to-day responsibilities of adulting, it is easy to neglect both marriage and spouse. Break From Parenting As a parenting coach, I should be the last person telling you that you need a break from parenting, but you do! To be positive and continue...

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart

Check out the first part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner Some couples are destined for failure in the bedroom… No, not THAT kind of failure, but failure to sleep well in a common space. There are gender differences in sleep need (women typically need slightly more...

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Check out the second part of this series: Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping Apart People who struggle with insomnia face many challenges, and one of the biggest can be adapting their sleep issues when they sleep with a bed partner. A 2017 German study evaluated whether or not sleeping location affected sleep...

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The Risks of Boundaries

The Risks of Boundaries

“Boundaries” is a bit of a buzzword these days… People like to throw this idea around a lot: when talking about personal space (literal and figurative), when retelling a story of an acquaintance who texts 10 times a day, or when a stranger offers personal and unsolicited advice. You may hear a friend say, “This...

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Meet Authentic: From Hooking-Up to Finding Love

Meet Authentic: From Hooking-Up to Finding Love

Is dating dead? That’s the popular question from those seeking to understand hookup culture and the technologically-driven, casual romantic meet-up. Young adults are taking their time to commit to long-term relationships (LTRs), a phenomenon characteristic of the new developmental period of emerging adulthood. This extended period allows for individuals to explore relationship preferences and enjoy...

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Why We are Fascinated by Other People’s Disasters

Why We are Fascinated by Other People’s Disasters

[This article was originally published on Shrink Tank on September 3, 2015] So what would you do if you saw a couple breaking up right in front of you? A couple you don’t know at all, and you’re sharing a confined space with them. Well, this was reality for Kelly Keegs. She was sitting in...

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Would You Ever Open Your Marriage? The Psychology of Open Marriages

Would You Ever Open Your Marriage? The Psychology of Open Marriages

[This article was first published on Shrink Tank in February 2017] Marriage and relationships are changing in the 21st century.  Hear from real-life folks who say polyamory works best for them. Valentine’s Day comes around every February, bringing with it horrible romantic films, stores filled with boxes of candy, and cuddly stuff animals.  The gifts...