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How challenges can strengthen your relationship
Linda and Charlie Bloom
No matter how hard we try, there are sure to be breakdowns of all kinds, broken agreements, not having our needs met, unhealed wounds that can create conflict in a relationship.
Many of us have lost the means by which we experience the ecstatic, yet still long to be taken outside of ordinary reality...
When we interviewed the happiest couples we could find, we clearly saw that they were among the group keeping passionate romance alive.
When it comes down to it, we marry for one reason: we think that we’ll be happier than we would be being single.
What is it that extraordinarily happy couples are doing?
When the time comes for letting go of a relationship, most people don’t do it very well.
Since the perpetuation of the species is the force that drives the longing for connection, it seems that we’d be wired to get along with ease. But sometimes that is not the case.
In the couples’ counseling session, when I inquired of Candice how long she had been unhappy in the marriage, she announced that she had been dispirited for 5 of their 12 years.
To become a great lover requires being able to acquire the voice of love, but some people are quite inhibited about giving voice to the love they feel.
It drove Sandy nuts when Robert repeatedly came home from work late.
It can be hard to own up to how we get in our own way of having the kind of partnership that we dream of.
It is often difficult to tell when we are doing that which does not serve our self-interest. Perhaps we have not had good role models for handling differences...
“I married my college sweetheart in 1970, and we were together for 28 years while raising a son..."
“My first marriage with Clydine was a traditional one of raising our children..."
To those of the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur is considered the most sacred of all the holidays; it literally translates into "Day of Atonement."
Taking care of yourself may be the best thing that you can do for your relationship.
Most of us know that there are certain kinds of experiences that nurture our souls and other that don’t.
One major challenge for couples is to see how they can offer their pain and anger to each other in a way that lets them connect, rather than disconnect.
There is no statute of limitations on hurt feelings or wounded trust; the pain of unfinished business can linger for years.
Just as a space shuttle burns about 90 percent of its fuel during the initial moments of flight, marriage requires its greatest expenditure of energy during its early stages.
Relationships can be a major key to professional success.
For those of us who are “commitment-phobic,” we may fear that the costs of marriage will outweigh its rewards.
I don’t think that most people want to understand the meaning of life intellectually, but want to experience meaning by being fully alive.
When we're learning any new skill, there is a process of moving forward and then slipping backward. Developing new relationship skills is the same way.
What does it mean to honor our partner? Here are 30 ways.
Terrance reported to me that of all the challenges that he experienced in life—and there have been many—the greatest was the one in which his wife’s support was most meaningful.
Feeling like a victim frequently follows traumatic experiences. Moving away from that disempowered position requires being proactive.
The story of lovers who come from different clans is as old as time. In the case of Barry and Joyce, it means having to choose between the truth of their hearts.
It’s not enough to say “I love you."
Despite his age, Jose was possessed of the spirit, curiosity, sense of humor, and playfulness of a child. That would be enough to make anyone attractive.
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.