Posts Categorized: Latest Relationship Research

Same Sadness, Different Responses Or “Why Are We Fighting if We Both Voted for Hillary?”

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Same Sadness, Different Responses Or “Why Are We Fighting if We Both Voted for Hillary?” It’s Saturday morning, and you’ve just gotten the news that there’s a rally downtown. When you mention it to your partner, s/he snipes that you’ve got to take it down a notch. Turn it off for just a moment, please. Give… Read more »

Giving Up The Role of Being Over-Responsible~Guest Post by Natalie Lue of Baggage Reclaim

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been over-responsible. I’ve felt that I have to be strong and so avoid showing ‘weakness’ by asking for help, expressing needs or sharing my feelings. I’ve hung back and dimmed my light so that my brother and then others could shine and they wouldn’t feel the need to reject or abandon me for taking up too much space or making them feel inferior in some way.

Equality and Reciprocity in Romantic Relationships

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Dr. theorizes that everyone expresses love differently and in different ways in his book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts . One partner may be better with talking about their love, while the other partner isn’t a talker. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t express their feelings in other ways, such as doing something thoughtful (like bringing home flowers). The point is to express those feelings! Not doing so creates an imbalance in the relationship.