Relationships

Can You Predict Divorce?

Can You Predict Divorce? No one thinks they’ll get divorced when they’re engaged to be married. They’re excited. They’re in love. They’re in lust. But 40 to 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce and the divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. So there are a lot of people who are surprised to find themselves part of…

Are You Being Manipulated?

Are you in a relationship where you feel unbalanced, feel like you’re walking on eggshells, feel humiliated, and just plain feel something isn’t right? You could be suffering from a partner who manipulates you to keep you in control. You could be suffering from emotional abuse. And even though he doesn’t hit you, the abuse is very real. Sometimes your…

Are You Joining the Mob on Social Media?

Did your mother ever say, “If everyone else jumped off the cliff, would you jump, too?” She was trying to teach you about mob mentality and its perils. And she was trying to get you to think critically—for yourself. Of course you wouldn’t jump off a cliff if you thought about it, but many of us become lemmings in a…

Narcissist Family Dynamics

If you grew up in a household with a narcissist parent, then you learned to cope in a dysfunctional family. Your narcissist parent believed she was the automatic ruler of the household, and there could be no breaching her in any way. She was in complete control and was not to be questioned. That’s because those with narcissist personality disorder…

Happy Father’s Day?

For some people, the word “happy” and “father” should never be in the same sentence. Except, perhaps, to say they are happy they escaped from their father. So when many people are firing up the grill to celebrate with dad, you may be relieved that you aren’t. If you were abused as a child, emotionally or physically, chances are your…

Honor Thy Mother?

With Mother’s Day just past, many are relieved it’s over until next year. With all those Facebook posts of happy mothers and daughters hugging and smiling, with all those declarations that mothers are role models and best friends, with all those hearts and flowers, some have to wonder. Is it for real? Those are the girls and women whose mothers…

You Got to Have Friends…

…the feeling’s oh so strong. You got to have friends to make the day last long. – Bette Midler Studies show that people who have satisfying relationships with friends and family are happier and healthier and even live longer than folks who don’t. In fact, people who lack strong social ties risk premature death at rates comparable to those who…

Four Qualities Happy Couples Share

We’ve talked about what happy couples do, like have frequent sex, compassionate arguments, and positive interactions. But being in a happy relationship is about more than what you do—like sending flowers or cooking a romantic dinner. It’s about who you are at your core. What your values are. And those values drive your behavior toward your partner and everyone else…

Four Things Happy Couples Do

It’s so easy to sabotage your relationship. All you have to do is attack your partner’s character, give him the silent treatment, be quick to blame, refuse to treat him with common courtesy, and most damning of all, show him contempt. Some say a good relationship takes work, but actually, maybe it just takes a little effort to avoid being…

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