Relationships

Lasting Love: How Do You Do It?

Falling in love is easy. It’s getting up, brushing yourself off, and making an effort to sustain a relationship that’s the hard part. Yet it’s so worth it because lasting love is its own reward. There is nothing sweeter than a committed relationship that stands the test of time. But all relationships go through peaks and valleys. And sometimes they…

How to Break with a Friend

When a friendship causes you more pain than joy, when it drains you of energy instead of enhancing your life, then consider what you are doing. If it’s just a temporary rough spot, and all relationships have them, then hang in there. But if you are still in a relationship because you hate conflict and don’t want to face confronting…

6 Signs It Time to Break with a Friend

People come in and out of our lives. Not everyone is meant to be a bosom friend forever. And that’s okay. Sometimes a friendship serves its purpose and we hang on just because we find it hard to end it. Make new friends and keep the old, as they say. But the old don’t always deserve our undying loyalty. As…

When Sex Isn’t Fun Anymore

Pleasurable sex is an important part of a good relationship, enhancing your life and that of your partner. Many couples start out having great sex, but time can take a toll. Often, couples just accept this waning of enjoyment when they might be able to make a few changes to improve their sex life. If your sexual well-being has suffered…

Are You Too Sensitive?

If someone tells you you’re too sensitive, beware. They could be the bull in the china shop who stampedes over your feelings and then expects you not to mind. Or they could be the manipulative toxic person who is trying to control you. Or they could actually be trying to help you achieve an emotional balance that will make you…

Escape from Being Your Family’s Scapegoat

If your parents and siblings use you to maintain their unhealthy behavior patterns, you are the family’s scapegoat, the repository of all your dysfunctional family’s problems. You’ve been the target of bullying and emotional abuse, maybe even physical abuse. And this unfair, cruel targeting has left you with a number of your own problems, like low self-esteem and depression. If…

Are You Your Family’s Scapegoat?

Are You Your Family’s Scapegoat? I have a friend who blames the dog when something goes wrong in her family. Who forgot to put the milk back in the fridge? “Buddy!” Who left the garage door open? “Buddy!” The use of humor is a healthy approach in such situations. But when the family chooses a child or a sibling as…

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