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How challenges can strengthen your relationship
Linda and Charlie Bloom
One major challenge for couples is to see how they can offer their pain and anger to each other in a way that lets them connect, rather than disconnect.
There is no statute of limitations on hurt feelings or wounded trust; the pain of unfinished business can linger for years.
Just as a space shuttle burns about 90 percent of its fuel during the initial moments of flight, marriage requires its greatest expenditure of energy during its early stages.
Relationships can be a major key to professional success.
For those of us who are “commitment-phobic,” we may fear that the costs of marriage will outweigh its rewards.
I don’t think that most people want to understand the meaning of life intellectually, but want to experience meaning by being fully alive.
When we're learning any new skill, there is a process of moving forward and then slipping backward. Developing new relationship skills is the same way.
What does it mean to honor our partner? Here are 30 ways.
Terrance reported to me that of all the challenges that he experienced in life—and there have been many—the greatest was the one in which his wife’s support was most meaningful.
Feeling like a victim frequently follows traumatic experiences. Moving away from that disempowered position requires being proactive.
The story of lovers who come from different clans is as old as time. In the case of Barry and Joyce, it means having to choose between the truth of their hearts.
It’s not enough to say “I love you."
Despite his age, Jose was possessed of the spirit, curiosity, sense of humor, and playfulness of a child. That would be enough to make anyone attractive.
She didn’t feel that her partner made decisions with her, but more often than not decided things on his own.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." –Maya Angelou
The parents of 12 children have personal and social responsibilities greater than the average couple can even begin to imagine.
We experience transitions throughout our lives. Some of them we choose, and some of them come uninvited...
Rebuilding trust after an affair is possible—but that doesn't mean it will happen quickly.
Large numbers of people—some single desiring to be married, and some already married but struggling—would be happy to have a “good enough” marriage.
Carolyn and Keith came into therapy after 11 years of marriage complaining of having “grown apart” due to having a different "spiritual paths."
The importance of having a trusted person to talk to about traumas cannot be overstated. A confidant is much more than psychologically beneficial.
Commitment and intention are both mighty forces, and especially potent when combined.
Faye and Chip had been locked in a struggle for power that was taking an enormous toll on their marriage.
Perhaps no aspect of marriage is more provocative, challenging, and misunderstood than monogamy. It's more than an agreement on exclusivity.
In the field of couples counseling, a great deal is explored about the together aspect of relationships with attention placed on the critical importance of commitment.
“Even people who look foreward to being sexual with their partner must go through a transition from responsibility to pleasure.” — Esther Perel
Commitment opens up inconceivable possibilities.
If we support our partner to evolve into who they can become, and they do that for us, we have the makings for a great relationship.
Love is a powerful force, but love alone, without a through examination of each other's core values, will not be enough to sustain a long-term partnership.
One of the most common complaints from couples that have been together for a significant amount of time is that their sex life has become stale.
Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W., and Charlie Bloom, M.S.W., are the authors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truths from Real Couples About Lasting Love.