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Creating Happy and Healthy Relationships
By Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D.


4 Parenting Habits That Grow Emotionally Healthy Kids

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Need help parenting? While you can dive into the ocean of parenting books out there, you might want to start with some basic guidance about how to best nurture emotionally healthy children…




Stop Focusing on Your Flaws

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Do you tend to see evidence of your inadequacies and flaws wherever you look? If you do, your brain is projecting those perceptions. It’s similar to…




How to Stop Making the Same Relationship Mistakes

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Have you noticed how you leave one bad relationship only to find yourself repeating the same patterns in your next one? You’re not alone.




How to Help Your Insecure Partner

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No matter how you try, you can’t seem to convince your partner that you’re committed to them. Maybe your partner is clingy, or jealous, or protects themselves by remaining distant. Whatever the dynamic, they believe …




Do You Really Need to Love Yourself Before You Can Love Someone Else?

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Do you need to love yourself before you can love someone else? Though conventional wisdom says yes, the real answer is much more complicated.




Social Media Could Be Making Your Loneliness Worse

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Social media allows us to connect 24/7 with an unlimited number of people. Yet, this form of “connection” is leaving many people as lonely – or perhaps lonelier – than ever.




Taking a Closer Look at Your Relationship with Your Phone

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Who do you choose to interact with most? For many of us, the answer is not a person, but rather their phone. As with any relationship, this very important one can both enhance and diminish your life.




A Therapist’s Tips for Stepparenting

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Stepparenting can bring a lot of joy – and a lot of challenges, too. Just as a parent-child relationship evolves over time, so does a stepparent-child relationship…




Stressed? Spending Time With Animals Might Help

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If you’ve ever pet a soft animal like a dog, cat, or bunny when you’re upset, you probably know firsthand how calming animals can be…




When You and Your Partner Disagree

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Even when you really love each other, disagreements can drive a wedge between you and your partner. You turn from caring partners to tense rivals. As you each focus on winning the argument, you fail to see…









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