4 relationship therapists agree on the top 4 things to never say in an argument

June 14, 2019 at 09:32AM by CWC Relationship arguments are bound to ensue even in the healthiest of partnerships, whether it’s playful bickering or super-intense verbal disputes. The difference between those two modes of disagreement comes down to whether you play dirty; do you simply point out your partner’s bad habits or hammer down on … Continue reading 4 relationship therapists agree on the top 4 things to never say in an argument

Sorry, Mom, but 3 relationship pros don’t share your opinions about sex on a first date

June 13, 2019 at 11:18AM by CWC Thanks in large part to pop culture, and in even larger part to certain female relatives of mine, I was brought up to embrace the idea that any sort of a “sex on first date” scenario is an absolute no-no. “Wait until the third date,” and, even worse, … Continue reading Sorry, Mom, but 3 relationship pros don’t share your opinions about sex on a first date

Sex experts share once and for all whether a sexless relationship can be healthy

June 10, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC Even if you actually are asking for a friend, some part of you is surely curious about whether or not a sexless relationship can be happy and healthy. After all, many folks are confused about why they’re just not, like seemingly ever, in the mood, which feels related. … Continue reading Sex experts share once and for all whether a sexless relationship can be healthy

You’re not crazy: Here’s how to deal with gaslighting in any relationship

June 07, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC The trickiest part about knowing how to deal with gaslighting in a relationship is being able to decipher whether you’re actually being gaslighted in the first place. When I first started sifting through my mental archives, I wasn’t even sure I had ever experienced it. Then I remembered … Continue reading You’re not crazy: Here’s how to deal with gaslighting in any relationship

3 expert tips to keep anxiety from being the third wheel in your relationship

May 31, 2019 at 04:00AM by CWC Anxiety is oh so common—in fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates 40 million adults in the United States are affected by anxiety disorders every year. When you’re afflicted, the condition has a nasty way of invading every crevice of life—including matters of the heart. So, … Continue reading 3 expert tips to keep anxiety from being the third wheel in your relationship

What it’s like to be an asexual person in a romantic relationship

May 30, 2019 at 07:00AM by CWC A growing interest toward striking a tone of sexual inclusivity has been great for starting important conversations, cultivating an improved sense of normalcy, and increasing acceptance for who has sex with whom. But there’s still a lot of knowledge to spread and confusion to clear. One place in … Continue reading What it’s like to be an asexual person in a romantic relationship

3 telltale signs you’re in the deep end of a one-sided relationship

May 26, 2019 at 10:00AM by CWC Realizing you’re in a one sided relationship—or, as I referred to them in my early twenties, a relationship—is usually a slow burn you wait too long to treat. It sizzles with each unanswered text, and every friend’s birthday party they last-minute flake on attending, and every trip to … Continue reading 3 telltale signs you’re in the deep end of a one-sided relationship

This One Practice Can Shut Down Any Fight In Your Relationship

May 23, 2019 at 01:02AM This word gets thrown around a LOT, but the truth is, it’s extremely effective. Continue Reading… Mindfulness seems to be popping up everywhere these days. In therapy, it can be used as a technique to help patients be aware of what is going on around them as well as what they … Continue reading This One Practice Can Shut Down Any Fight In Your Relationship

A relationship therapist explains the difference between bickering and fighting

May 22, 2019 at 06:36AM by CWC My boyfriend and I invented a mocking noise we invoke when one of us realizes our bickering has gotten out of control. It sounds like if a cat mated with a saw, and the cat-saw spawn made weird, grumbly meow noises as it cut through wood. Before a … Continue reading A relationship therapist explains the difference between bickering and fighting

Here’s when you need to use “tough love” in your relationships—and when you don’t

May 21, 2019 at 04:00AM by CWC “It’s time for some tough love.” I have to mentally buckle up when I hear these words. I strain myself trying not to burst into tears. Until recently, I’ve translated this phrase to mean: “Get ready. I’m about to be a jerk.” But licensed clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus, … Continue reading Here’s when you need to use “tough love” in your relationships—and when you don’t

Honeymoons have evolved drastically over the centuries—but so have relationships, and it’s all good news

May 15, 2019 at 07:00AM by CWC At a post-wedding brunch I recently attended, reception talk quickly turned to honeymoon talk. The bride and groom weren’t going on theirs right away, and the other couples at my table were trading stories of what they did for their honeymoons—the good, the bad, the stress-inducing. That left … Continue reading Honeymoons have evolved drastically over the centuries—but so have relationships, and it’s all good news

Is it…normal to have never had a relationship well into your 20s and 30s?

May 14, 2019 at 11:07AM by CWC It took me 27 years to be in what I would consider a long-term relationship. Although I met my boyfriend—who is, by the way, 31 and also had not previously been in a “serious” relationship—when I was 25, we weren’t really, truly committed until recently. My lack of … Continue reading Is it…normal to have never had a relationship well into your 20s and 30s?

If your love life’s more dramatic than a ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, you might be in a karmic relationship

May 13, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC Everyone I know who’s happily coupled up seems to say the same thing: When you meet the right person, it’s effortless. You can debate the finer points of cauliflower vs. regular pizza crust without arguing, you have the same taste in terrible reality TV, and there’s never any … Continue reading If your love life’s more dramatic than a ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, you might be in a karmic relationship