4 Surprising Ways to Stop Having the Same Argument with Your Spouse

What is that one argument you and your partner have again and again? Is it about money? The best way to parent? How often to have sex? Many couples have (at least) one sticky issue that causes tension and turmoil for them. As much as they try to avoid it or settle it, they can’t. […]

Break Free from Relationship Problems

Kim feels trapped. She and her long-time boyfriend Jared have been having the same miserable argument over and over again. They can’t seem to find a solution and things are only getting worse. He insists his friendship with his ex is only that– a friendship– but Kim believes that Jared’s ex is manipulating him and using […]

Go from Conflict to Cooperation in 5 Easy Steps

Julie is sick and tired of everything being a struggle in her marriage. She and her husband Chris are both opinionated. Julie appreciated this when they first got together; debating with him brought passion to their relationship. When they settled down and got married, what used to add spark turned into a big hassle. Everything […]

You Did What?! How to Apologize and Repair Your Relationship After Lying

Jeanne told her husband Paul a huge, gigantic lie. She didn’t intend to, but she did. Things have been tense in their marriage since Paul was laid off from his job 6 months ago. Well, things were already tense between the two of them and this added stress didn’t help. While backing out of their […]

No Intimacy? Your Communication Style May Be to Blame

Are you a…  nag  complainer  criticizer  apologizer  hedger? Nobody likes to admit it, but every single one of us has a few habits that aren’t beneficial. These are the things we regularly say and do that prevent us from creating the kind of relationship and life we really want. Because communication is so central to […]

Tame Relationship Tension by Doing THIS…

Gina and Scott have begun to avoid each other. This is pretty sad for a married couple who claim to love and care about one another, but it’s what has happened. The tension started a few months ago…  Gina is head of the human resources department for a thriving company. Scott has a good job, but […]

A Way Out of Your Biggest Jealousy Argument

Jeremy doesn’t see why his girlfriend Karen still keeps in close contact with her ex. Karen and her ex don’t have kids together and there is no good reason that Jeremy can see for them to text and call one another on a regular basis. Karen disagrees. When she and her ex broke up, their […]

3 Ways to Respond to Your Partner’s Jealous Meltdown

Jenny can’t stand it when her boyfriend Chris gets jealous. He is a very intense guy which is great when he’s happy. He can be the life of the party and so much fun to be around. But, when he gets jealous, Chris explodes. She wants to literally run and hide even though Chris has […]

Communication Tips to Stop a Stalemate

Steve and Angie haven’t spoken more than a few words to one another for the past two days. This isn’t like either of them! They are both usually talkative and easy going and, when a disagreement arises, they are able to work through it quickly. But not this time! Angie was offered a promotion at […]

4 Ways to Bypass the Hazards of Soulmate Relationships

Did you know that soulmate relationships can be hazardous? It happens this way for so many couples in love… Two people meet. Strong chemistry is there. A depth of feeling and a sense of “coming home” is felt by both. They realize that they are soulmates. A love relationship (and, later, maybe marriage) is started. […]

Help When You’re Jealous of Your Partner’s Ex

 Liz is outraged!   Her husband’s ex has been causing trouble– again– in her marriage.  Liz’s husband, Andy, tries to ignore the daily text messages, phone calls and emailed photos he gets from his ex-wife.   Andy’s strategy is to not stir up any trouble and only deal with his ex when there is an issue […]

4 Ways to Get Your Man to Open Up and Tell You How He Feels

“It’s like living with a rock!” This is how Angela describes her fiancé, Jeff. She doesn’t intend to be mean, but it’s how he seems to her a lot of the time. While she appreciates how even-keeled and dependable Jeff is, she wishes that he’d let her in once in awhile. Angela often asks Jeff […]

4 Phrases to Help You Communicate AND Connect

Why does communicating with your partner sometimes seem SO DIFFICULT? We’ve all been there. You’ve got something to say about a troubling situation and you just can’t seem to say it in a way that will really be heard. In the past, an argument and defensiveness occurred when you spoke up. Because of this, you […]

Never Compromise: 3 Steps to Synergy in Your Relationship

Jennifer and Chris are both opinionated and strong-willed people. This is partly what drew them together in the first place. They’d debate for hours about politics, religion and anything else they could think up. Their passion was sparked by this intellectual sparring. Unfortunately, this source of passion does not translate well when Jennifer and Chris […]

The Top 10 Ways to De-fuse an Argument

Even in the happiest, most harmonious relationships, there are bound to be disagreements from time to time. When you and your partner are also stressed out, tense, tired, strained or otherwise not at your peak, a small disagreement can turn into an argument. What can be deadly for a love relationship or marriage is not […]