Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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How challenges can strengthen your relationship
Linda and Charlie Bloom
One of the most common complaints from couples that have been together for a significant amount of time is that their sex life has become stale.
A growth model of marriage is one in which we make a commitment to ourselves and each other...
The expectation that the marriage be filled with love, happiness, well-being and personal growth is a tall order, but not out of reach.
Happy couples hold each other with what Carl Rogers calls “unconditional positive regard.” Successful couples know how to be fully present with each other with an open heart.
Melony and Jude married when they were both barely out of their teens. Like many couples, neither of them had experienced or observed much genuine intimacy in their lives.
By learning to hold the tension of the opposites, we stretch and grow. There is more space for seemingly opposite ideas and feelings to coexist.
Charlie and Linda chose to apply the lessons from their painful experiences to gain the inner strengths and wisdom that a full recovery demanded.
Corporate marriage syndrome occurs when the company requires allegiance to the corporation over and above the employee’s time and energy devoted to family.
We often don’t realize how precariously we are perched in our life. In an instant, our whole existence can change...
We often don’t realize how precariously we are perched in our life.
If you’re like me you’ve often been mystified by others (including your primary partner) who appear to be unable to accept the reasonable and obvious point of view...
We all have specific ways that we want to experience being loved, and tend to give what we want to receive. We can’t help being subjective.
Most couples wait too long to get help. Unnecessary suffering occurs in secrecy and isolation when you are too embarrassed to ask for assistance.
Dora was married for a year when her husband Sean left her with a ten-month old baby girl. She felt lost, lonely and terrified that she couldn't make it on her own...
After our study, we realized that happy doesn't necessarily mean tranquil. Many of the "happy" couples were quite opinionated and could be volatile at times...
My husband Charlie and I interviewed 50 happy couples and chatted informally with many more. Our goal was to come up with practical advice.
Conscious loving requires us to come out from behind the security of our manufactured image, and bring a high level of authenticity into our life.
The exemplary marriages we know of have been earned. These relationships are true partnerships, built on foundations of hard-won trust.
Exemplary couples give each other the gift of clearing.
Creative synthesis is defined as “the combination of smaller constituent elements forming a more complex whole, as the driving force of modern creation, and innovation..."
My husband thinks we should get the trophy for the most improved couple. We got together when we were so young that we didn't have a clue what a good marriage is.
Making an action plan and working your plan is the best thing that you can do to reach your goals...
Many people think that they are better off if they keep their expectations low. They believe that there will be less chance of being disappointed. I think that’s a shame.
There really are some mismatched pairs.
A better way to bring difficult information, including complaints, to a partner.
When a partnership is in trouble, we can get to the point where we can no longer continue with the lack of respect being shown to us about any areas of our partnership, it is time.
“All good things come to she who waitith, if she who waitith workith like hell while she waitith.” - Author unknown
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens.” - Carl Jung
J.D. Vance is a hillbilly, at least that’s how he refers to himself and his relatives and neighbors in the Appalachian mountains.
We were each steeped in the dysfunctional gender expectations of the fifties and early sixties that we all called "normal" back then...
Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W., and Charlie Bloom, M.S.W., are the authors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truths from Real Couples About Lasting Love.