There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Reflections on Intimacy and Illness
Do you wish you could tell your partner what would improve your sex life? A bit of dialogue coaching might nudge you toward a good outcome.
The sudden acquisition of a catheter, stoma bag, or other medical device can interfere with sex. But embracing the difference—and even having some fun with it—can help couples keep intimacy alive.
Do you wonder if the person you love is a narcissist? Here are red flags from an expert and a survivor.
Mourning the loss of sexual intimacy when your partner dies is called sexual bereavement, and it's a normal experience.
Just when you think you have everything under control, you feel like you’re graduating from high school again.
Do you have a friend with a broken heart? It's a real illness and you can take action to help your friend heal.
Dreading the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? Here's one to welcome.
Ever feel sick when you're in the company of a professional do-gooder? Maybe find yourself a non-professional one.
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.