Married couple seeks therapist to resolve color scheme dispute
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a close friend, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. Most couples find the big issues that come up in relationships challenging. But it’s the little things that often threaten to tear them apart. At least that was the case for my neighbors.
Flight attendant falls in love after years of waiting: "No matter how complicated life is, open up and let love in"
Due to her job and needing to travel often, a flight attendant had given up on ever finding someone who understood how much she cared about her career. Just when she was sure there was no one out there who could be her partner, she met an engineer who had no issues with her travels.
I cleaned out the closet that belonged to my husband's ex-wife
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. When I first started dating my now-husband, I ended up cleaning out his ex-wife’s clothes from the closet that she had left behind because he was too distraught to do it.
Behaving Poorly In a Relationship
Man and woman dressed as angelsPhoto by KoolShooters. I was a marketer, freelance journalist, and former business columnist before I became a relationship columnist. My marital experiences led me to a decade of counseling and research on the topic of relationships, marriage, and divorce. I've spent years examining my own contributions and mistakes.
It's Narcissism but No One Believes You
You're with a narcissist but no one believes you. They think you're unhappy, uptight, overreacting, or a bitter ex. They think you are unforgiving, can't get over things, or have a need to complain. It would be easier if you didn't care. But you do care. You need to know you're not losing your mind.
Reciprocity norms may predict longevity in romantic relationships
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. I didn’t realize that my former partner kept score in our relationship until it was over. He’d been silently keeping a tally of all the money he’d spent on me for years. Although the things that I did for him made his life better and easier, he did not measure non-monetary deeds in the same way.
Feeling Powerless in Your Marriage
Bride and groom exchanging ringsPhoto by Flora Westbrook :. As a wife, it took a long time to communicate what I was feeling. The underlying core of why my marriage left me with a sense of desperation. As a journalist, who's spent more than a decade in counseling and research on the topic of relationships, I now can.
Indicators of Divorce
Man and woman sittingPhoto by Ron Lach from Pexels. In the Psychology Today article, All You Need Is Respect Sam Louie, MA, LMHC explains respect is critical for successful relationships.
Disregarding a Spouse's Stress
Couple discussing problemsPhoto by SHVETS production:. Couples tend to bicker over the same things again and again. We're different people, it's not uncommon to have varying opinions. But is it fair to talk someone out of their feelings? Because you disagree with it.
Going to Marriage Counseling Alone
Years ago I made a pivotal decision in my marriage. I would continue in couples counseling alone. My husband refused to go back to therapy and our relationship was at an impasse.
Wedding season 2022: principles for a stronger first year of marriage
Eugene and Asya PomaPublic Information of Jehovah's Witnesses. "For a solid two weeks, I was like, this is the best thing ever!" Asya gushed as she wrapped her arms around Eugene. "After that," she continued as she disapprovingly turned towards her husband, "we started seeing our differences."
Individual time may be as important as together time in romantic relationships
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. When I was engaged to be married, a woman told me that “marriage is when two people become one.” At the time, I nodded my head and feigned a smile, but inside I was cringing.
Couple stays in love for 20 years by talking on the phone: "Our calls reconnect me to those first feelings"
A married woman has her home far away from her friends, as she moved from the USA to Canada. Having so many loved ones at a distance, her phone has somehow become a love and friendship language for her.
Wife Horrified that Divorce is a 'Life Goal' for Her Husband
Should anyone ever aim to get divorced without communicating their concerns to their partner?. Marriage certainly isn't free of its challenges, and that's precisely why it takes a lot of work and patience to have a healthy marriage.
Man Asks for Ex-Wife in Hospital Instead of Current Wife
Is there ever a situation in which a husband should choose his ex-wife over his current one?. Divorce is difficult for everyone. It's tough to come to terms with the fact that your marriage is over, and despite trying the hardest you could, not being able to save it. This can come with some leftover trauma in the wake of the separation.
I've never been a 'first wife'
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. They say comparison is the thief of joy. Maybe that’s true. I pondered that concept when I realized that in both of my marriages I’ve never been the “first wife.”
Husband sought one-night stands while traveling for business, and claimed "it didn't mean anything"
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a close friend, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. Nearly every month for their two decades of marriage, my friend’s husband traveled for business. As a system implementation consultant, it was his job to strategize, implement, and roll out systems that made companies more efficient.
Woman regrets only having “couple friends” while married
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. Back in the day, when I was a blogger, I went to a lot of conferences and special events. I would often see the same faces again and again, and it was great to have the opportunity to network with them. I became relatively good friends with one woman in particular.