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Cheaters and Liars: Should You Ever Give Them a Second Chance?

Here’s an idea that’s deeply ingrained in our cultural mythos: “Everybody deserves a second chance.”  In real life, however, the practical truth is not quite as simple. While forgiveness after an offense is always advisable—letting go to free yourself from lingering bitterness and pain—resuming the relationship is not. Second chances…

Couples: 8 Things to do to Repair a Broken Relationship

By the time I see couples in my office, they have tried everything they can on their own to work through the difficulties they’re encountering. But now they’ve run into a wall that is either caused by accumulated sorrows, a significant crisis, or both. They’re depleted; their internal resources and…

The Rare Case When a Rebound Relationship Might Work

  If you read my blog with any regularity, you know I always advocate the same root principle: There are always rules, and there always exceptions to them. This framework is a good one overall because it allows for flexibility. And it alludes to the fact that some situations should…

‘Tis the Season – To Break Up

Breaking up right before the holidays… A few years ago, I was traveling home after the Thanksgiving holiday when I met a guy who looked exhausted. “Families, right?” I said. He shook his head. His girlfriend had broken up with him the night before he headed home for the holiday.…

What You Need to Know If Your Date is Abusing Opioids

  Alarm bells have finally begun to ring over widespread and dangerous opioid drug use across the United States — including prescription pain medication and heroin. These days, healthcare and law enforcement officials don’t hesitate to call it a “crisis” demanding urgent attention. But that’s not news to anyone who…

Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater?

Who can you trust? That’s the gamble, and when it comes to choosing a partner, fidelity is a core aspect most of us require. Yet the adage, “once a cheater, always a cheater,” isn’t always true. Here are five guidelines you can use right now to make the wisest choice…

Read This If Your Partner is a Chronic Flirt

Here’s the problem: You’ve moved past mere dating into a promising new relationship with someone you hope could be the one. Chances are, the two of you met in the first place because of some sizzling — and probably mutual — flirting. It was fun and exciting. Maybe you didn’t…

After the Relationship Collapse: 4 Things to Consider

It might have been a huge blow-up where you and your partner both said awful, hurtful words. It could have been a slow-building tension that brought coldness and distance. The effects are the same… your relationship feels like it has collapsed. The strong foundation of trust, communication, respect, and even love…

Emotional Abuse: What to Look For

When you consider what domestic violence is, you likely have those scary images in your head of an outraged partner physically attacking his wife or worse, their children, resulting in a frantic 911 emergency call. While – of course – violence is not only terrifying but damaging, the much more…