Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about why core values are so important in your relationship. Here is a selection of articles sharing their views on this topic.
Are Relationships Workable When You Have Clashing Values? “I remember a few years ago I was in a relationship with a woman whom I loved deeply.
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Why Are Core Values so Important to Your Relationship?

Couple talking closely

We hold that for two people to be in harmony, they have to have matching core values. They have to have the same approach to people and the world.
We introduced this idea in a workshop we did recently by giving out a list of suggested core values, asking people to identify theirs and then talk about them with someone else.
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Friday Feature: Recognizing and Addressing Codependency in Your Relationship

Man and woman arguing on bench

This week we’re pleased to share a guest post on codependency by Reese Jones.
Being able to count on each other for love and support is one of the most satisfying parts of being in a relationship, but only up to a certain point.
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In this week’s blog, we’ve written about a form of reframing that can improve your relationship. Here’ are some articles that present positive reframing in different and interesting ways.
What Kind of Frame is Your Relationship in? “In counseling, it’s common to hear stories about how a person believes their significant other has “changed” over the years.
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How to Reframe Your Relationship for the Better

Wrong Way road sign

The common wisdom about relationships is that there will be times of conflict. You will find writer after writer advising you to handle this by talking, being kind, communicating, compromising, making lists, having date nights and accepting the inevitable.
But even though that may describe the majority of relationships, we say it is not inevitable and there is another way to interact that is conflict-free, non-adversarial, peaceful.
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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Andy Samarasena

We’re excited to share with you today about the photographer with whom we recently worked: Andy Samarasena. We saw a photo he shot of a couple we know, Pato Banton and Antoinette Rootsdawtah. It took our breath away, and we were lucky enough to be able to work with him on promotion shots of us.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog we discussed our unique perspective on Mutuality. Here are some articles presenting different but interesting perspectives.
Joanne Davila: Skills for Healthy Romantic Relationships This is a transcript of a TEDx talk. “Mutuality is about knowing that both people have needs and that both sets of needs matter.
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Why Mutuality is Important in a Successful Relationship

Phil and Maude

The direct experience of mutuality is a critical aspect of a peaceful and conflict-free relationship. It is the sense of being in the relationship, rather than just being our individual selves. In fact, “rather than” is the wrong connector here; it’s really “at the same time as.”
Yet, many people do not recognize or acknowledge this aspect of their relationship.
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In this week’s blog, we stated that you do not always have to struggle in your relationship. Open your minds and your hearts to another way and transform it into one full of calm, peace and joy. You can create a life without hardship and difficulty.
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How to Avoid Struggle in Your Relationship

Heart-shaped cactus

Last year we went to a talk by Anne Lamott. The venue holds a couple of thousand people and the place was filled to the rafters. Anne gave a wonderful talk filled with personal revelations, sharing of her journey and lots of great humor, often pointed at herself.
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