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

Some people dedicate themselves to the task of fixing their relationship problems only to “wake up” years later to the realization that the relationship hasn’t changed – and isn’t going to. It’s easy to blame their inattentive or uncaring partners, but the problem is…

 

 

 

couple sitting on bench, in conflict

You talk – and your partner reacts defensively. Getting your concerns across to them is like trying to deliver a message to a brick wall. Communication about any issue is impossible, creating increasing distance in your relationship. Still, you love them…

 

 

 

Caring for a loved one can be emotionally draining. Whether you’re caring for an aging parent, ill spouse, or a special needs child, you are likely to feel a mix of emotions –  love, sadness, frustration, guilt, and maybe even anger. Gaining clarity about these feelings…

 

 

 

Even in this time of the #metoo movement, sexual aggression is a topic that many people would rather not talk about. But given how common it is, you or someone you know has likely been a victim of it. In addition to this distressing reality, victims of…

 

 

 

It’s natural to feel tempted to present only the attractive, agreeable parts of yourself – we all want to be accepted, and even admired, by others. But the bigger the gap between the image you project and the “real you”, the less at ease you will feel…

 

 

Is It Okay to Change for Someone Else?

I hear it again and again while conducting therapy: “I’m not going to change for him” or “I can’t expect her to change for me.” I understand and appreciate the sentiment. And while there is something healthy in there, it’s not completely helpful.

 

 

Why Making Real Connections is So Important

Loneliness is a hot topic these days. In a digital world that allows for global connections, people are often less connected to the community immediately around them. While the issue of loneliness has bubbled up in the consciousness of society, the real problem…

 

 

 

How to Change Relationship-Damaging Behaviors

Do you explode in anger? Isolate yourself from friends? Or act in some other way that causes problems? Like many other people, you may not know why or how to change. A common technique called functional analysis may help.

 

 

 

Are You Sabotaging Your Happiness by Avoiding Emotional Pain?

Man looking serious, avoiding pain

People enter therapy because they are, in some way, suffering. Whatever the specifics of their situation, most patients are struggling with at least one significant problem: avoidance…

 

 

 

How to Live a More Daring Life

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Living a full and meaningful life requires vulnerability. You have to take chances, whether by opening yourself up to relationships or by exploring your interests and pursuing your desires. If you try to avoid all chance of being hurt, you may be…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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