Author: Phil and Maude

How to Make Relationship Peace Your Guide for Social Peace

Peace is a distinct state of its own. It sometimes gets framed as an absence, an absence of conflict, or even of life itself – “Rest in Peace” – but it is far more useful to see it as a state or an experience.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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This week, we wrote about finding mutuality in relationships. Here are some other thoughts on this topic. The first link is both academic and perceptive.
Movement Toward Mutuality “RCT suggests that constructive movement or positive change in relationship (a.k.a., growth) depends on three essential, inseparable factors: mutual empathy, mutual empowerment, and movement toward mutuality”
The 3 core skills that every person needs for healthy romantic relationships “‘We may know what a healthy relationship looks like, but most people have no idea how to get one — and no one teaches us how to do so.’ That’s what Joanne Davila, a professor of psychology and the director of clinical training at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, contends in a TEDxSBU talk”
Deciding together: Can we be strong and independent, and yet make mutually satisfying decisions as partners?
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Why is Mutuality Important in Your Relationships?

MAUDE: The cornerstone of peaceful conflict-free relating is the practice of mutuality: the certainty that it is possible to find mutual solutions and the act of creating them. This requires the ability to search beyond differences to find the matching values.
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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Launch of A Global Voice Of Peace

Logo for A Global Voice Of Peace

We’re happy to share the opening of a web site dedicated to global peace. A Global Voice of Peace (AGVOP) is A Hub, A Conduit, Connecting People, and Peace Initiatives World-Wide. In the words of its founder, Gylian Solay:
9-11-2001 was that spark for me: Outrage, shock, and gut-wrenching pain for those innocent lives snuffed out in an unfathomable act of hatred and destruction.
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In the last weeks, we’ve written about individuality, core values and total acceptance. But this week, the election results have been so close that I suspect nearly everybody on both sides is upset by them, so instead I’ll talk today about differences in politics.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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Wow! It’s our 250th Reading Corner this week.
In our latest blog, we wrote about what we consider a key aspect of successful relationships: total acceptance. Here are three writers with their own slants on this important topic.
Accept Them as They Are “I admit it: Whether close to home or far away, I wish some people were different.
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Why Full Acceptance Is The Way To Go

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We often describe something we call total acceptance, but what do we actually mean by that term?
Well, first let’s discuss what we don’t mean. We don’t mean that you should accept abuse or bullying or attempts at dominance. We don’t mean compromising to keep the peace.
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This week, we wrote about core values from our personal experience. These articles talk about core values, sometimes discussing desirable values as well.
How Core Values Help Relationships Grow “You don’t need to agree on everything; the idea is to agree on areas that are truly necessary for your lasting happiness.
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How to See Your Relationship in Terms of Important Core Values

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PHIL: Last week we wrote about recognizing that each person is an individual with their own way of doing things, but of course, that brings up the question of what to do when differences arise in a relationship. It seems that there must be times when they are inevitably at odds.
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This week, we wrote about how important it is to honor individuality in your relationships. Here are some articles discussing different aspects of individuality and its importance in relationships.
Honoring Individuality “One of the core values of The Evolution Group is Honoring Individuality.
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