All couples experience conflict, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The goal of a successful relationship is not to eliminate conflict, but to repair effectively after conflicts occur. This takes relationship skills—which can be learned!Let’s discuss some of what argumentative couples have in common. Why is relationship conflict so … [Read more...] about How to Fight Fair: The Pros and Cons of Conflict
Couples are stressed out more than ever It’s not easy being in a relationship these days. With so many competing stresses including managing your work, personal life, family, and relationship, it’s no wonder so many couples are stressed out.And when you’re stressed out, it can negatively impact the connection between you and your partner over … [Read more...] about How to Stay Connected as a Happy and Healthy Couple
Do you keep making the same communication mistakes over and over in your relationship? Perhaps you've noticed some patterns where every time you try to talk to each other you end up in an argument or disagreement.The fascinating thing about working with couples for the last 15 years is I’ve noticed many couples make the same communication … [Read more...] about The #1 Communication Mistake All Couples Make
Don't let your new love interest ruin the holiday of a lifetime Scenario: you’ve just met a wonderful new love interest and things are rolling along so well you decide to take a holiday abroad together. But how’s it going to go, when you’re thousands of kilometres away from home?There are certainly risks when traveling with a new … [Read more...] about Warning: How to Avoid a Nightmare Holiday with Your New Partner
More than ever, relationships are being treated as disposable. Cutting off a relationship, especially a romantic one, is not easy for most people. There are all sorts of ways to put it off or cloud the waters, but these methods make things worse for the dumpee, and, in the long run, the dumper.The less you invest in a relationship, emotionally … [Read more...] about 3 Painful Ways to End a Relationship You’ll Want to Avoid
Conflict is a sign your relationship needs to grow. Conflict is not inherently bad (or good), and neither is anger. Conflict is a necessary part of any relationship, and can move a relationship out of a stagnant state. It’s healthy when it helps people see their own strengths and weaknesses, and all couples experience conflict at one time or … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Reduce Conflict in Your Relationship
Smartphones affect relationships, period. Their convenience and technology may bring a couple together initially, but they can ruin the relationship later, and PPhubbing is a prime example. Phubbing is phone snubbing, ignoring the person in front of you to use your smartphone. “Pphubbing” is phubbing your partner, and it could potentially destroy … [Read more...] about PPhubbing: How This New Trend Can Ruin Your Relationship
Thinking of getting back with an ex? Ask yourself these questions first... After a breakup, even a bad one, it’s impossible not to think about your ex. It’s even hard not to see their face, if you use any kind of social media, live in the same neighbourhood, or, worse yet, work in the same building.But if after some time you find yourself … [Read more...] about 7 Questions to Ask Before Getting Back with an Ex
Polyamory is not widely understood or accepted in our current society, but it has a history at least as long as monogamy.A polyamorous relationship is not the same thing as an open relationship. Polyamorous people want to commit to multiple partner relationships, which may develop emotionally and include feelings of love.An open … [Read more...] about Polyamorous Relationships: Can They Really Work?
Listen to Clinton Power + Associates couples therapist Lidia Smirnov talk about the Gottman Approach to Couples TherapyTranscript:Clinton: Hello it's Clinton Power here, from Clinton Power and Associates, and it's my great pleasure today to be speaking with one of my very own associates, Lidia Smirnov. Hello Lidia, how are … [Read more...] about The Gottman Approach to Couples Therapy: How Does it Help Couples?