Relationship Strategies

Are You Sexually Objectifying Yourself?

July 7, 2017
Are You Sexually Objectifying Yourself?

Ever since the second wave of feminism in the 70s, we’ve heard a lot about the “male gaze,” which is defined as “the way in which the visual arts and literature depict the world and women from a masculine point of view, presenting women as objects of male pleasure.” The phrase was coined by film critic Laura […]

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Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

June 29, 2017
Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

A recent article in the Wall St. Journal highlights how incredibly uncivil we’ve become toward one another. I don’t know whether this is related to the climate of political partisanship, but it sounds like we’ve hit a new low in dating. In Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward […]

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Self-Respect vs. Entitlement in Dating

June 12, 2017
Self-Respect vs. Entitlement in Dating

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion A young woman describes meeting a guy during an Uber ride. Before he got out of the car, he punched his number into her phone. She envisioned a blossoming serious relationship. But he’s not answering her texts […]

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8 Fast But Effective Ways to Judge a Man’s Character

June 1, 2017
8 Fast But Effective Ways to Judge a Man’s Character

Dating someone who’s not compatible with you is a costly mistake because you waste precious time that you could be spending with a better match. Dating someone of poor character is the costliest mistake, because the experience damages you. It makes you cynical and pessimistic about love – “All the good guys are taken.”  It makes […]

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Conversation As a Predictor of Relationship Success

May 17, 2017
Conversation As a Predictor of Relationship Success

Real Simple magazine has a good article this month about the 8 Habits of Happily Married Couples, with classic quotes illustrating the main points. My favorite is one that is often overlooked when discussing how to make relationships work: How good is the conversation?   “Marriage as a long conversation.—When entering into a marriage one […]

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