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How a Green Light Practice Can Change the Way you Talk, Feel and Love

How a Green Light Practice Can Change the Way you Talk, Feel and Love | Relationships | Scoop.it
Many of the couples I work with say their number one problem is communication. Usually the real problem is learning to stay calm when conversing with each other, especially if the topic is a “touch...
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365 Conversation Starters for Couples | Amplify Happiness Now

365 Conversation Starters for Couples | Amplify Happiness Now | Relationships | Scoop.it

One of the most important things we can do to support lifelong loving relationships is continue to learn about one another.  When we start out in relationships we are fascinated.  We stay up all night talking.  We can’t wait to learn more about each other.


Over time we stop being curious.  We start thinking we know everything about our partner.  Which is impossible- every one of us grows every single day.


But when we stop being curious and start making assumptions about the people in our lives we start running into problems.  We stop letting our spouse or sweetheart surprise us and things get a little blah. It’s not uncommon to end up in a conversation rut in a long term partnership.

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5 Words You Should Always Never Say

5 Words You Should Always Never Say | Relationships | Scoop.it

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Ever feel like your partner or co-worker doesn't listen?  Sometimes do you think he or she will "freak out" no matter what you try to say?  Do you ever wonder what you might have said that got him ...

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SHOULD.  Should is a four letter word. It is hard to use the word “should” in a sentence in a kind and loving way. When we “should” on our loved ones, our employees or our children, we shame them. --Amy Fuller

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Seven Reasons to Get Help For Your Marriage before it's too late

Seven Reasons to Get Help For Your Marriage before it's too late | Relationships | Scoop.it
If you have real concerns about the health of your marriage, here are 7 reasons to begin Marriage Counseling NOW! 1. If you haven’t been able to improve the relationship on your own, it’s time to t...
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Ignoring problems does not make them go away. Sometimes people fear being open about negative feelings will cause irreparable damage to the relationship. But how does hiding true feelings about valid concerns help the marriage? There’s a chance these hurts will resolve in time, but at what cost? When it comes to close relationships, open closeness always feels better in the long run. With love, healing is always possible!


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Its important to recognize problems in relationships and get help! Friends and family members may not always be able to give guidance. Professional guidance can help figure out negative patterns in relationships.

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62 Things to Say to Make Your Husband Feel Great — MomLife Today

62 Things to Say to Make Your Husband Feel Great — MomLife Today | Relationships | Scoop.it
Do you want to make your husband feel great? From sincere compliments to questions to help you understand your man better this list has 62 ways to do just that.
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Nice list of "words of affirmations" for couples. 

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3 Basic Communication Skills

3 Basic Communication Skills | Relationships | Scoop.it
Click here for 3 basic communication skills (for couples) that will stop your disagreements escalating into a full-on screaming matches, accompanied by the sounds of slamming doors and one of you sleeping on the couch.
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These are 3 great skills that I teach couples all the time in therapy and are explained very well in this article on Love at first fight. When couples actually begin to use these skills many relationships issues are naturally resolved. 

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Great News about Empathy: New research shows effort matters more than getting it right

Great News about Empathy: New research shows effort matters more than getting it right | Relationships | Scoop.it

If you sit in a restaurant and look around sometimes you can determine who is married and who is still dating. A couple still dating hangs on each other’s every word, while the married folks someti... Fuller LIfe Family Therapy


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A recent study has revealed a refreshing perspective on what really matters for couples is the sincere attempt to understand each other.

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How Eye Contact Works

How Eye Contact Works | Relationships | Scoop.it
Eye contact can signal love, hate, intelligence, creepiness, persuasion, sarcasm and sometimes lies.

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Finding Common Ground: The Harvard Negotiation Project

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Finding Common Ground: The Harvard Negotiation Project

Here’s the good news: 
Instead of suffering the loss of what is most important to you, or unknowingly putting your partner’s needs in jeopardy, you can use a simple approach to change the nature of negotiation. Take Fisher and Shapiro’s advice – focus on these five core concerns. 

Go through them all: Appreciation, Affiliation, Autonomy, Status, and Role. Do you feel that your needs are being met in all of these areas? Don’t worry if they aren’t. These are not easy concerns to address! Your level of satisfaction with each of them is a result of many complex and long-lasting dynamics between yourself and your partner.
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Wonderful tool for navigating conflict in a healthy manner from the Gottman Relationship Blog: 

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Conflict resolution for the blended family

Conflict resolution for the blended family | Relationships | Scoop.it

Blended family conflict a metaphor for life in general; conflict resolution skills are important!  

The family meeting has become a standard in most blended family homes, providing an excellent venue for effective communication, the foundation of conflict resolution.

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Managing conflict is one of the major issues all families face, resolving conflict in a blended family can be even more challenging. I've observed the healthiest blended families are proactive about establishing effective communication. 

BlendedFamilyAdvice.com has lots of amazing resources and support for the blended family. Check it out. 

Blessings! Amy Fuller PhD

www.FullerLifeFamilyTherapy.org


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New research on how men and women perceive negative emotions

New research on how men and women perceive negative emotions | Relationships | Scoop.it
Most people are aware that men are from Mars and Women from Venus, metaphorically speaking, thanks to Dr. John Gray. When we put the genders together we sometimes end up with miscommunication, hurt...
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Women feel more satisfaction in a relationship when men express negative feeling...according to new research. 

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