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6 Tips for Having a Productive Couple Conversation

Agree on a time and place for your conversation. Choose a time when you are not in a hurry and won’t be interrupted. Choose a place where you can have some privacy. Eliminate distractions. Turn off the television, set aside your smart phone, etc. Make eye contact. Connect physically by turning toward each other, holding […]

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 […]

New Year’s Resolutions: A New Opportunity for Intimacy (20+ Questions to Ask Your Lover)

By: Kyle Benson www.kylebenson.net “Part of what makes life meaningful are the goals we strive to achieve.” – Dr.John Gottman, 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work With a new year upon us, many of us, myself included, start 2019 with new goals. Your goals may be overcoming your attachment insecurity and getting out of debt. Your partner may have […]

Developing Intimacy

Respond to the following questions individually and then share your responses with your partner. 1. What things am I aware of that make me feel close and intimate with my partner? 2. What things am I aware of that hinder our intimacy? 3. What things am I aware of that are definite barriers to our […]

Intimacy: Shared Privacy

One simple and useful definition of intimacy is “shared privacy”. David Olson, co-founder of Prepare-Enrich, family specialist and member of Better Marriages Advisory Board, has identified seven aspects of marital intimacy. Consider your own relationship and score each area from 1-5, (5 being the highest) representing where you think you are right now in each […]

Intimacy: Where Are We?

These questions will explore the degree of intimacy you experience in your relationship and identify where you would like to grow. Read the statements individually and then share your responses with your partner and discuss together. Elaborate on each of these ten affirmations giving examples of when you experienced these feelings or what behaviors by […]