Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP
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When change is thrust upon us by internal shifts, the contexts of our lives, or conditions in the larger world, we can show our love by ways we confront challenges together.
Childhood experiences with our caregivers and feelings of guilt, embarrassment, fear, and disappointment can influence the ways in which we receive others' expressions of love.
We can give a gift that costs money, time, or energy, to fulfill an expectation, provide delight, underscore our recognition of who a loved one is, or to recognize a bond.
After you identify a third-party threat to your couple, you can take several actions to limit current and prevent future damage. Many describe expressing love to the third-party.
Identify behaviors that undermine the integrity of your love relationship, create conflict between partners, or destabilize one member in a way that throws a couple into chaos.
A couple's relationship can be threatened by others. To minimize potential damage, explore conscious or unconscious motives that a third party might have.
Negative moments are inevitable, whether they come from outside ourselves, our perceptions, or our interpretations. Transforming them with creativity or kindness shows love.
Are you stumped about how to act or respond? Try an interior monologue to help you expose unconscious beliefs, pause, accept responsibility, and move on in a loving manner.
An imagery exercise can help us explore how we feel about a loved one and our connection to them.
Daily events can derail a relationship all too easily. Remember the reasons why you came together, appreciate the glue that maintains your bonds, and understand what threatens.
Addressing conflicts in a relationship is essential to maintaining trust that love can endure, emotion can flow freely, challenges can and will be addressed.
Meaningful rituals can show love by reflecting commitment, defining relationship boundaries, providing comfort, provoking memories, anchoring expectations, and providing pleasure.
Cultural and generational changes in how we approach food color how we use food to express love. We can choose to cook, or gather, organize or ignore opportunities for feeding.
Cultures vary in attitudes and beliefs about the role of food in nourishing body, mind and soul. As we express love through feeding, we must remain mindful of those differences.
Feeding others shows love by providing for, nourishing, seducing, or delighting.
Moments in our life that are unique and memorable bring opportunities to show love of our self and of another. They require us to slow down, allow the mystical, and be authentic.
Differences between two people in a romantic relationship sometimes force them to accommodate each other's limitations, preferences, needs, wants, or distance desired.
Identifying a silence's meaning and responding according to its underlying intent can be a powerful way to show love. Matching the response to the meaning reflects intimacy.
Silence between people who share a close relationship can have multiple meanings. Decoding them accurately is an act of love of great magnitude, permitting a loving response.
Providing care to a loved one who is dependent, fragile, or in need shows love in a basic way. Those who give with generosity and reliability rewards themselves as well as others.
Others may feel threatened when you form a new love relationship. With perspective and integrity, do what you can to include them in your life, now that you are part of a couple.
Roni Beth Tower, PhD, a retired clinical, research and academic psychologist, earned a BA from Barnard (Religion), her PhD from Yale, and did postdoctoral work in epidemiology and public health at Yale Medical School.