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How Words Can Hurt You

Sticks and stones can break your bones and words can really hurt you, too. Emotional abuse can be just as harmful as physical abuse, although this is not a contest anyone wants to win. The trouble is, emotional abuse does not produce obvious wounds like physical abuse...

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Take the Pressure Off Valentine’s Day

Stupid Cupid. He raises expectations and puts on the pressure every Valentine’s Day. He makes you feel especially alone if you don’t have a lover. And if you do have a lover, Cupid makes you wonder if your partner is delivering as much as he should in the flowers and...

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How to Talk About Sex with Your Partner

I know people who would rather get a poke in the eye with a sharp stick than talk about sex with their partner. It’s an uncomfortable conversation. It has the potential of being confrontational. And we often don’t have the vocabulary we need to express ourselves well....

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Is Sexting for You and Your Partner?

It’s always a good idea to communicate in a relationship, and communicating about sex is no exception. But when you hear so many negatives about sexting, it can give you pause. You don’t want to send the wrong idea, and when you’re not talking about this sensitive...

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Do You Have a Secure, Loving Bond?

Our brains are hardwired for love. That is, we need secure, loving relationships to flourish. A fundamental sense of security and emotional nourishment helps us feel confident and happy. We when feel this deep love our immune systems are bolstered as well. By...

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Strengthen Your Emotional Connection

You want a better relationship with your partner? Many of us try honing our relationship skill set, like practicing good listening. Or good communication, for example. These are really good skills to have—in a love relationship but also in the office and with your...

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Resolve Not to Break Your Resolutions

Lose weight. Save money. Exercise more. These are probably the resolutions made most often and therefore the resolutions broken most often. So why not make a resolution not to break your resolutions? Imagine how good you’ll feel when you stick to your plan and achieve...

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How to Keep Your Temper Under Control

How to Keep Your Temper Under Control When you’re stressed or hurried it’s easy to let your temper flare. That’s what happens to toddlers when they have a meltdown in the grocery store. But now that you’re much older, meltdowns are not acceptable. One remedy is the...

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Listen to Your Partner’s Anger

Listening to your partner is a key factor in a successful relationship   Many of us try to suppress our anger. Some of us, particularly if you’re a woman, were taught that being angry is not acceptable. It’s not something nice girls do. So you tamp down your real...

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