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Mindfulness Matters in Marriage — and Roller-Skating

Are you are wondering what marriage and roller-skating have in common? Roller-skating is only for kids, right? No. And married people are adults? Most of the time, but not always. I’ve been roller-skating for decades as an adult. In my personal life and in my work as a therapist, I’ve noticed …

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How to Tell a New Partner You’ve Been Divorced

It might be a little risky. When a divorce is done and over with, the next thing a new divorcee typically does is meet and date new people — not necessarily to get into another marriage but to find intimacy, companionship, and friendship. After all, everyone gets beat up in …

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Why Are Relationships So Difficult?

Have you ever wondered why you can meet someone and “know” instantly that you’re attracted to them?  You feel your heart pound, butterflies in your stomach, and an intense desire to “make something happen.”  This is the power of our unconscious.  Our unconscious drives us. We are unable to say, …

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Do Couples Grow Apart or “Fall Asleep”?

You’ve probably heard people explain their divorce by saying, “We grew apart.” I wonder about that. I’ll explain with a personal example that on first glance has nothing to do with marriage, but you’ll see … When I got my first car, I was thrilled. It was cute and just …

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How Saying No Can Save Your Relationship

Saying no gets a bad rap. If you refuse a request, you’re afraid you’ll sound selfish or upset another person. Maybe a co-worker wants a favor or a family member asks for a loan. You say yes because sometimes, it’s easier to “be nice” and keep the peace. You act …

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Immediate Chemistry Doesn’t Guarantee a Lasting Relationship

Patience is indeed a virtue! Looking for lasting love without success? Join the crowd! Maybe we could all do with some different specs. It has often been said that love is blind, yet surely love that is likely to last through the ups and downs of life must be founded …

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5 Mindfulness Exercises to Reconnect With Intimacy

Get ready to get close. All relationships go through their ups and downs, and sustaining the initial feelings of happiness you experienced as you were first falling in love isn’t easy for most of us. That said, there are certainly strategies you can practice in order to maintain both your …

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10 Ways to Stop Thinking You’re Not ‘Good Enough’

Because yes, actually, you are. If you’re a man or women who’s bought into our culture’s pervasive, self-harming programming, causing your inner critic to repeatedly tell echo the words, “I’m not good enough,” it’s well past time for you to wake up from that nightmare of negative, self-destructive thinking and …

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6 Steps to Improving Emotional Intimacy with Your Partner

Emotional intimacy is so very important for our individual wellbeing as well as the health of our relationship. Stressors, change, schedules, physical distance, mental preoccupation, the ebb and flow of life … so many things can lead to our waking up one morning and feeling distant from our intimate other. …

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