Tag: relationship advice

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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Relationship Benchmark #6: Strong Positive Reinforcement and Emotional Support

August 16, 2016
Relationship Benchmark #6: Strong Positive Reinforcement and Emotional Support

Many of the benchmarks of successful relationships have to do with making one another feel secure in affection and commitment. Creating a foundation of trust and security will see you through inevitable challenges in the future. It requires considerable effort, time and energy from both of you. Two particular kinds of efforts are crucial: Positive Reinforcement Emotional Support […]

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Boundaries vs. Ultimatums

July 29, 2015
Boundaries vs. Ultimatums

In a recent discussion about the biggest dating mistakes women make, some readers expressed confusion about the difference between setting boundaries and issuing ultimatums. Although the two strategies have similar goals in that they both seek to set limits, they’re opposite sides of the same coin, and they generally produce opposite results. The key difference is […]

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Ghosting is OK Sometimes

July 7, 2015
Ghosting is OK Sometimes

Last week a bunch of readers emailed me the Ghosting story from the NYXs. It was prompted by the rumor that after years together, Charlize Theron dumped Sean Penn mercilessly by not responding to his calls or texts. Ghosting: Ending a romantic relationship by cutting off all contact and ignoring the former partner’s attempts to […]

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20 Signs Your Best Guy Friend Likes You Back

July 2, 2015
20 Signs Your Best Guy Friend Likes You Back

All of a sudden you find yourself crushing hard on your best guy friend. Maybe you were always attracted, maybe it’s crept up on you, or maybe the realization hit you over the head one day and you never saw it coming. Now that it has, everything suddenly feels different – you want more. The old […]

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