There’s no question that romantic breakups can be really hard. Losing a partner we’ve become very close to means losing someone who was previously part of our daily lives. As a result, breakups can undermine our ability to sleep and eat well (among other things). Research has … [Read more...] about When I Lose You, I Lose Part of Me, Too
image source: http://peter-fong.com/98-put-yourself-in-my-shoes/ When your partner behaves badly, your first instinct may be to retaliate. What could help you respond more healthily? In a series of studies, romantically-involved individuals responded to scenarios wherein their … [Read more...] about Put Yourself in Your Partner’s Shoes Before Reacting to Bad Behavior
Imagine that in a recent discussion your partner said to you, “I get really frustrated when you interrupt me sometimes. I know you don’t do it on purpose, but it makes me feel like you’re not listening or that my feelings aren’t important. Maybe in the future you could wait to … [Read more...] about Direct Communication is Best, but the Benefits May Take Time
Communication is an important part of romantic relationships, especially when navigating conflict or when trying to change a partner’s behavior. Although dealing with these issues can sometimes be distressing, it can also serve as an opportunity for you and your partner to learn … [Read more...] about Communication Strategies In Relationships: What Are They, and Which Is Best?
Forgiveness can be really good for our relationships. To name just a few benefits, forgiving a transgression reduces blood pressure for both victims and their wrongdoing partners,1 and increases the victim’s life satisfaction and positive mood.2 Researchers are also beginning to … [Read more...] about When Does Forgiving Make Us Feel Like A Doormat?