Month: September 2015

Relationship Reading Corner

Here are some articles on commitment. We think that you’ll enjoy them and find some useful ideas.
What do we mean by commitment? “The difficulty is that we’re making promises about behaviors and outcomes, but ignoring the process necessary to achieve that goal.”
What Does Commitment Really Mean To You?
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Commitment

I’ve spent a lifetime in short term relationships. They’ve had a life expectancy of three years. Yet Tuesday is my 8th wedding anniversary. What explanation do I have?
On our second date, I told Maude of my relationship history, and her response was to think “But they weren’t me.” So was she right, or did I change?
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Our approach to this issue is sufficiently unusual that it was difficult to find any links that directly address the topic. However, here are three articles that do talk to sustaining joy within your relationship.
Finding the Deepest Joy in Relationships “As we become more inwardly free from our conditioning and our fears, the love and connection that are possible in relationships tend to flow through us more naturally.”
Finding Real Joy in Relationships “Positive psychology is a relatively new branch within science; rather than studying dysfunction and treating illness, researchers in this area focus on investigating and promoting mental health.”
3 Keys to Keeping the Joy in Your Relationship “By making adjustments in our focus, filters and priorities we can literally transform what we bring into a meaningful relationship and what we receive from it.”
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How to Bring Joy to Relationship Problem Solving

We were at a wedding and were captivated by two children playing. They were so filled with joy and the obvious pleasure of being together. Joy is such an important element in relationships, too. It’s easy to find it in the good times, but it tends to vanish when problems loom.
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Here are some articles on power struggles in relationships and how to avoid or move past them. We may not agree with everything here, but some of the advice is excellent.
“Widen the Lens” to Avoid Power Struggles “In reality, power struggles are created not by differences of opinions, but how we view those differences.
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How to Avoid Power Struggles in Your Relationship

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the discussions we’ve had recently concerning power struggles within a relationship. We’ve been talking about John Gottman’s book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail“. He observed many couples in terms of their conflicts and issues with power.
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Here are some writings on little white lies. There are lots of different view on this issue. What do you think? Leave a comment.
White Lies: This cover the types of white lies, the reasons for them, their impact, and how to detect white lies.
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Are Little White Lies Really Little?

White lies. They’re the lubricant of human interactions. “What an adorable baby!” “No, of course I don’t mind.” “I must have missed your email.” We tell them to make others feel better or to make us look better.
They’re seen as beneficial in close relationships, too, for the same reasons, but there’s a price to be paid for that.
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Here are some writings on honesty in relationships. Although we may not agree with everything they say, we think they all have something to offer.
 
Honesty Can Make or Break a Relationship
Radical Honesty for a Healthy Marriage
How To Be Honest: Seven Tips
 
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