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In your romantic relationship, do you ever wonder where those critical thoughts toward yourself or your partner come from? How much do these thoughts represent your real point of view and how much do they reflect negative attitudes from your past? We all carry with us destructive habits, attitudes, and behaviors that distance us from the ones we love. By identifying and differentiating from this hurtful inner critic, you can expand your tolerance for love and sustain a meaningful relationship. You can challenge core defenses and become who you want to be.

Why the Spark Fades in a Relationship

Fantasy Bond, Intimacy problems, relationship advice

Countless couples complain of losing the “spark” in their relationship. Some chalk it up to evolved differences, a slow growing apart, or sheer familiarity. The wave of “deadness” that can submerge a relationship after the first thrilling months or years ...

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Why Are We Hooked on Rejection?


You don’t need to be a psychologist to note the very harsh effects of a breakup on a person’s mental health. When a relationship ends, humiliation, rage, loneliness, anguish and grief all seem to simultaneously show up at the door, ...

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Alive Sexuality by Robert Firestone, Ph.D.

healthy sexuality

Sex is one of the strongest motivating forces in life. It has the potential for creating intense pleasure and fulfillment or for causing considerable pain and suffering. The effect of a natural expression of sexuality on one’s sense of well-being ...

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Is Sexting Cheating You Out Of Real Intimacy?

Sexting, Technology and Relationships

There is a good, sound argument for how technology can bring two people together. Countless couples have now met, married, forged unions, and had children as a result of a dating website, a Facebook chat, or a bold text message. ...

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Making Love Last by Learning to Love

relationship advice

Look up the word “love” in any dictionary and you’ll find two separate definitions. The first: an abstract noun encapsulating a feeling of tenderness, passion and warmth. The second: a verb defined by concrete actions such as giving affection or ...

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How to Identify Your Critical Inner Voice

critical inner voice

Millions of self-critical thoughts circle our minds everyday, leaving us miserable, discouraged and held back from going after what we want. Identifying these thoughts as mean-spirited, external points of view can free us from that destructive critical inner voice. You ...

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Critical Inner Voice and Intimacy

Intimacy and Critical Inner Voice

Where your critical inner voice comes from As small children, we are helpless and entirely dependent on adults for nurturance and to have our needs met. It is impossible for even the most loving parent to anticipate and respond to ...

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Fear of Intimacy

Fear of Intimacy

There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found While journeying east and west - The only folks we really wound Are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full ...

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