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What Really Matters for Relationship Satisfaction (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

Sometime back, I did a study with a graduate student of mine, Michael Barnes, on the role of ideals in relationships. Ideals are what you would like your relationship to be, if it were “perfect” – your dream relationship with a partner. Although we expected ideals to be important, we had no idea how important

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The 5 Questions You Must Ask to Assess Your Relationship

It’s impossible to know what your partner really feels for you. And yet, many of us grind ourselves up trying to figure out the “true” feelings of our partner. Since you can’t know for sure what your significant other is thinking or feeling, what can you do to figure out if your relationship is on

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Relationship Killers, Part 4: It’s Always Your Fault

Have you ever found yourself in a relationship where you constantly feel picked on? Do you know someone who complains about their partner’s behavior, always criticizing and finding fault with everything they do?  If so, you’re not alone. This is a common complaint in relationships, and there is a psychological explanation behind this phenomenon.  In

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10 Actionable Tips for Singles and Couples to Deal with Holiday Stress

The holiday season, with its blend of joyous festivities and family gatherings, is not always reason for joy and happiness. In fact, for many people, it is a time of holiday stress. If you do not have a partner, the holiday season may evoke feelings of acute loneliness as you see others immersed in the

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5 Red Flags in Relationships You Should Never Ignore

Whether you’re searching for a partner or you already are in a relationship, it’s crucial to watch out for red flags in relationships that could indicate problems that loom on the horizon. These signs are important for everyone, no matter your background or age. In this article, we’re going to look at five common red

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Searching for true love: The top mistakes exposed (and how you can avoid them)

Searching for true love is often a journey filled with excitement, hope, and sometimes, a fair share of challenges. Avoiding the top mistakes can save you much heartbreak Whether you’re single and looking for love or seeking to improve your current relationship, understanding the top mistakes made in the pursuit of romantic connections can significantly

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Identify and break free from toxic relationship patterns

Navigating relationships isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve all grappled with the complexities of love, leaving us scratching our heads wondering “What went wrong?” While all relationships are unique, just as we as individuals are unique, there are some common toxic relationship patterns that can be observed in struggling relationships. These behavior patterns

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