Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Reflections on Intimacy and Illness
In terms of relationships, our evacuation during raging wildfires was a kind of antidote to the pandemic. It reinforced healthy connections with family and friends.
How are you coping with the ambiguity of the pandemic? We all need "teammates" to help us move toward more certainty in our daily lives.
Ever find yourself backing off, even from people you love and trust, because they might have "it"? You need more than hand sanitizer to protect yourself from the effects of COVID.
You make the mask disappear when you put a smile behind it.
Are you passively responding to love? Make "emotion" a verb in your life so love can make you feel good--literally!
Does the relationship you cherish suffer when you become physically intimate? Protect the connection you have with your partner by addressing the issue of painful sex.
Cancer tried to kill this couple's sex life, and cancer lost to love.
Who are your people—the ones you hope will drop by and laugh with you at your kitchen table?
Can cancer help cure a sick relationship? Yes. It can help you get focused on each other, stay tough, thrive on empathy, and laugh at weird challenges.
Maryann Karinch is the author of human behavior books and founder of The Rudy Agency, a full-service literary agency.