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How Do You Set Boundaries?

by Dr. Jackie Black Part 4 of a 4-part series on boundaries in relationships   Let me say first, setting boundaries is not disrespectful, bad or wrong. In fact, emotionally healthy people set personal boundaries. Educate people in your life about your boundaries. Calmly and respectfully inform them about how they can and cannot behave […]

Why Are Boundaries Important?

by Dr. Jackie Black Part 3 in a 4-part series on boundaries in relationships   If your life is filled with discord and you don’t feel that others respect you, it’s time to set your boundaries. You experience your reality in four ways: Body – what you look like; Thinking – how you give meaning […]

What Are Boundaries and How Do They Work?

by Dr. Jackie Black Part 2 in a 4-part series on boundaries in relationships   If your life is filled with more of what you don’t want and not enough of what you do want, it’s time to set your boundaries. Boundaries define your sense of self (who you are as an individual). Setting boundaries […]

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

by Dr. Jackie Black Part 1 in a 4-part series on boundaries in relationships   Most of us know how to speak. Many of us have never learned how to communicate. Recognize that clear, accurate and understandable verbal and non-verbal language is essential for marriage, committed relationships, friendships, business relationships and virtually all other kinds […]

I’m Thankful. . .

by Priscilla Hunt Priscilla is a Faculty Member of the Online Relationship Academy In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Gratitude can play a crucial role in managing our […]

Supporting your Partner During Stressful Times

Instructions Reflect on questions 1-3 and jot down words and phrases that come to mind in response. Refer to Instructions for Your Couple Conversation, then share your responses with your partner. Respond to question 4 following your couple conversation and discuss with your partner. Refer to 6 Tips for Having a Productive Couple Conversation Consider […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Claim your Space

Stay-at-home orders have led to a whole lot of togetherness, for better and for worse. Shared space can begin to feel like a prison if you don’t take proactive steps to carve out a space for yourself. You used to have time to “decompress” in the car commuting to and from work. You used to […]

Could You Be Sabotaging Your Own Relationship?

twoofus.org Relationships can be hard to navigate. When times get rough, it is certainly easier to focus on what your partner is doing that is creating difficulty for both of you. But it takes two to tango, right? You might unknowingly be contributing to the rough patch you are experiencing in your relationship. Even with […]

Listen With Your Heart – 10 Tips For Couple Communication

Dr. Linda Miles drlindamiles.com Here are some ways to tell your partner the truth with love: When you discuss issues with your partner, be genuine and be present. Don’t let your mind wander. Maintain eye contact. If you are upset, empathize with how she or he feels. Use “soft eyes” to convey the idea that […]

I Understand Everything

Leo Tolstoy said “All, everything I understand, I understand only because of love.” The goal of listening is to understand what the other person is expressing. Seems like a simple goal, but why is it so difficult? If we listen with love, truly opening ourselves to the message our partner wants us to understand, both […]