Relationship Strategies

How to Know If a Man Is the Marrying Kind

September 7, 2016
How to Know If a Man Is the Marrying Kind

The most common explanation for a guy’s being unwilling to commit is “He’s just not that into you.” Fair enough. It’s maddening, but many of us have had the experience of being told a guy doesn’t want a relationship, only to watch as he commits to someone new within weeks. But let’s face it, there […]

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Relationship Benchmark #10: You Admire and Respect Your Partner

September 2, 2016
Relationship Benchmark #10: You Admire and Respect Your Partner

There’s a kind of attraction that’s very important in choosing a life partner, and it often gets lost in all the talk about sexual attraction and how to maintain it over time. Attraction to another person based on their character, dreams, choices, and even the way they inspire others generates admiration and respect. The initial intense […]

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Relationship Benchmark #9: You Share the Same Values and Life Priorities

August 31, 2016
Relationship Benchmark #9: You Share the Same Values and Life Priorities

One of the most distinct changes in dating patterns in the last fifty years is the sharp increase in assortative mating – that is, marriage between very similar individuals. As that trend has increased, divorce has decreased, an apparent confirmation that while opposites attract they don’t stay together. Successful relationships happen when couples share the […]

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Relationship Benchmark #8: You Never Need to Apologize For Your Partner

August 25, 2016
Relationship Benchmark #8: You Never Need to Apologize For Your Partner

All of us have made excuses at one time or another for the bad behavior of someone close to us. Because we care about them and are loyal to them, we defend their actions, usually by attempting to explain circumstances that excuse it. “I’m sorry Charlie is so late, he’s under a ton of pressure […]

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Relationship Benchmark #7: You Don’t Need Advice About Your Relationship

August 19, 2016
Relationship Benchmark #7: You Don’t Need Advice About Your Relationship

Of all the relationship benchmarks I’ve written about in this series of posts, this is probably the one that needs the most clarification. Who hasn’t confided in a close friend or family member about a new relationship? We often doubt our own perceptions and can benefit from seeking advice from those with experience. Running questions by […]

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