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Love Languages: Understanding Our Partner’s Communication Style

What Are Love Languages? The concept of love languages is an interesting one. The idea posits that people express their love in different ways. Some people may simply use their words. They say things like “I love you” and this is their way of communicating affection. Some people show love through actions and behaviors. When [...]

Love Languages: Understanding Our Partner’s Communication Style 2018-03-16T14:13:21+00:00

Signs Your Relationship May Need Help

You Feel Resentful Towards Your Partner If you are starting to feel resentful towards your spouse, this may be one of the first signs your relationship may be in trouble. Resentment typically starts to build up when one partner or the other feels that his or her needs aren’t being met. For example, one person [...]

Signs Your Relationship May Need Help 2018-03-16T14:13:22+00:00

Learning to Say NO

Being able to say "No" is important yet many people struggle with it. Somewhere along the line, they came to believe that saying no was a bad thing. Some of the reasons they cite are: "It would ruin our relationship," "S/he will get upset," "It'll hurt my career if I don't do everything they ask," or "I [...]

Learning to Say NO 2018-03-16T14:13:23+00:00

The Many Faces of Love: Caretaking A Sick Loved One

I talk to my patients about the many faces of love, whether romantic or non-romantic love.  There is the “It’s early on and everything you say is fascinating” love, the “We know each other so well and can finish each other’s sentences” love, the “Wow, you can still surprise me” love, and then sadly, the [...]

The Many Faces of Love: Caretaking A Sick Loved One 2018-03-16T14:13:24+00:00

Insight Alone Isn’t Enough – How the Best Therapy Works

There’s a longstanding debate in psychology between analytic (insight-oriented) therapy and behavioral-based therapy.  Back in the early days of psychoanalysis, it was believed that insight was enough to “cure” a person of their ills.  It was thought that if a person realized what was the fear or traumatic incident that first initiated the problem, then [...]

Insight Alone Isn’t Enough – How the Best Therapy Works 2018-03-16T14:13:26+00:00