Gary writes: My wife and I have been fighting a lot lately. She went to the doctor recently and was told she had some issues with hormones, so whenever we get into a fight she says, “It's just the hormones." I want to support her but am having a hard time dealing with the constant arguments.
Dating is annoying at times and can trigger our insecurities making it an extremely emotional process. It’s taxing to wait for the person to call or text us to let us know that they want to see us again, and that we passed their test so far. We become anxious, wondering if we will ever meet that special someone to share life with?
You may be one of those lucky people with golden in-laws that appreciate you and kindly stay out of your private business. They don't pressure you to do anything that goes against your own morals or house rules and they never ask you to do anything that would hurt your family relationships in any way.
You have walked down the aisle and with tears of happiness said your vows “For better or for worse; for richer or for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish; till death do us part." The two of you rush to the wedding get away car and head off to the honeymoon. Once back from an amazing time, the two of you are settling into what you think is real marriage. You float around the house in bliss thinking that this will last forever.
Most couples experience conflict in the weeks (and even months!) building up to their nuptials. The pre-wedding stress coupled with the anticipation of a brand-new life ahead often leads to friction. And what’s more, in our human way, engaged couples often have unrealistic expectations of perfection and fairytale romance for their engagement period, which, when not always met, results in disappointment and blame.Here are some tips on how to minimize, pre-wedding friction.
My husband and I are on are both on our second marriage. I made a pretty clean break from my first husband but my current husband's ex is still in his life (they have a child together.) He often brings up their relationship and talks about how amazing it was before everything went sour. I don't believe he still has feelings for her, but it makes me extremely jealous when he talks about all the fun they used to have, vacations they would take, etc. She's also a very attractive woman and when she comes to get their daughter, I immediately feel insecure because she always looks great. Any relationship advice/suggestions on how I can feel more secure in this situation?
They don’t just magically happen and fairytales are never true. The truth is that being in a positive and healthy relationship requires attention from both ends in order to make it grow and work for the long term.
You may be one of those lucky people who have in-laws who are supportive and don’t meddle. They don’t pressure you to act against what you believe or ask you invasive questions. But, what about those of you who have in-laws that are pushy or get a little too involved creating conflict between you and your partner?
As a therapist, I’ve met many couples concerned with weight gain in themselves, their partner, or both people in the relationship. Looking at your relationship from a birds-eye perspective, you’ll see when and how the weight gain happened.
Depression that is left untreated can be serious and sometimes fatal. The good news is depression is treatable. But there are some people who resist treatment. It’s especially difficult when your spouse is in denial or doesn’t want to get treatment. This can tear your family and relationship apart.