Many couples have the “How was your day, dear?” conversation, but the talk does not help either partner relax. Instead it escalates the stress and tension between them because they end up not feeling heard.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a metaphor depicting the end of times in the New Testament. They describe conquest, war, hunger, and death respectively. The Gottman Institute uses this metaphor to describe communication styles that, according to their research, can predict the end of a relationship. Learn what they are and how to avoid them.
Many people believe the myth that good marriages are relatively free of conflict. However, there is some evidence that differences between partners can be complimentary. That they are advantageous and don’t create a hindrance to the relationship. Instead, they contribute to its growth. When each partner approaches one another as an equal, working through conflict can nourish rather than drain a relationship.
Sex not only feels good, but it can also be good for you. Here’s what a healthy sex life can do for you.
Putting sex with your spouse on the calendar may sound like a buzzkill. But the reality is that not every romp happens on a whim. “There’s a belief in our culture that sex is supposed to be spontaneous, but it almost never is,” says Megan Fleming, PhD, a New York City–based sex and relationship therapist. Learn how scheduling sexual intimacy can enhance your marriage.
We all know that having a new baby presents unique challenges, and research shows that couples are more likely to feel dissatisfied with their relationship after a child is born. As much as expecting parents plan and prepare, there is still so much to learn about raising a child while keeping their relationship with their partner intact.