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We all start out our relationships enamored of each other. We feel that magical connection and even experience the ecstasy of union. We usually become couples because of this bonding, full of the sense that we are on the same side, sharing love, caring and support.

So, what happens to these wonderful beginnings? Sadly, many couples lose contact with this all important underpinning to their relationship. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes due to lack of attention, but often coming from unhealthy relationship behaviors, they lose their initial connection and eventually become estranged from each other. Frequently a sense of distance, or even worse, the feeling of being adversaries develops.

If you are experiencing this in your relationship, do not despair. There really are a number of things that you can do about it.

Book Report
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Successful Relationship Reading Corner
This week's blog was on alienation within your relationship, and what you can do about it. Some articles around that topic:

Rekindle Emotional Intimacy in Your Relationship "Emotional distance is one of the primary complaints of couples that come to my office for marriage counseling. While I think it’s normal for romantic love to wax and wane over time, it’s very uncomfortable to lose that loving feeling for your partner."

Bridging Emotional Distance "Emotional distance in a relationship can feel like a descent into quicksand: slow and seemingly unstoppable.... Often, you can avoid sinkholes in your relationship merely by watching where you step. Know the communication styles that cause your partner to automatically tense up or withdraw."

3 Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble "In all relationships there are ebbs and flows; times when you feel closer and times when you feel more distant. You may go through periods when things are going well, and then find yourselves stuck in conflicts and misunderstandings. Recognizing that there are problems is the first step toward finding out what you need to do "

Spreading peace one relationship at a time,
Phil and Maude
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