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Why is self-compassion fundamental to sustaining a long-term loving relationship?

Categories: Relationships, Wellbeing

Beyond the limerence phase in the early stages of a relationship, couples can struggle to develop and maintain a long-term relationship.

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Love the one you're with

Categories: Relationships

The world is obsessed by the ideals of romantic love. Couples everywhere struggle in their quest for passion, love and intimacy. The agonising truth is the course of love and the reality of an enduring relationship is complex.

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The power of authenticity in overcoming communication problems in your relationship

Categories: Relationships

Couples often enter my counselling room complaining of the maladies of life living with their partner or they indicate having a communication problem. They get caught in conflict, their dance of disconnection and the associated angst and distress that ensues.

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How to fall in love, with anyone

Categories: Relationships

I recently watched a TED talk about how falling in love is the easy part of developing a relationship by Mandy Len Catron. She is a writer that explores the dangers and pleasures of love stories through her blog The...

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36 questions that may lead to love

Categories: Relationships

Almost twenty years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron and colleagues conducted research to explore whether it was possible to help strangers create closeness and develop a relationship by asking a series of specific personal questions.

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How can I tell if my relationship will last?

Categories: Relationships

Couples are faced with many challenges and transitions throughout the course of their relationship. While it would be nice to have a crystal ball, there is no specific way of determining whether or not your relationship will last.

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Understanding your partner's relationship needs

Categories: Relationships

Our journey to understanding the underlying needs in couple relationships started with psychiatrist John Bowlby (1907-1990). He was a Freudian thinker, believing mental health or the lack of it, is derived in early childhood.

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Our deep-seated yearning for connection

Categories: Relationships

In Western cultures, dependency is a dirty word. In our world, healthy adulthood has been defined by emotional independence and self-sufficiency. In essence our culture encourages us to draw an emotional moat around ourselves.

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