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Commitment

Together, Against, Apart

Linda: In the field of couples counseling, a great deal is explored about the together aspect of relationships with attention placed on the critical importance of commitment, open communication, caring, and emotional and sexual intimacy. There is also a strong emphasis placed on learning...
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Children

Setting the Stage for Sexual Intimacy

“Even people who look foreword to being sexual with their partner must go through a transition from responsibility to pleasure.” ~ Esther Perel
Linda: As the years pass by, the strong desire for making love can diminish. And the competing urgencies of our life...
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Commitment

The Three Secrets of Success

Not long after Ken and Maddy’s relationship began to intensify, Maddy got into a motorcycle accident and broke her nose and some other bones in her face. This interfered with her career acting in soap operas in Los Angeles. She walked away from her...
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Commitment

The Pygmalian Effect in Couples

Linda: The myth of Pygmalian is told in Ovid's Metaphorphoses, Pygmalion was gifted young sculptor in Cyprus who fell in love with a statue he had carved. Pygmalian had a strong misgivings about women due to the numerous vices he thought they were capable...
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Attraction

Living from Our Core Values

Linda: Values is defined as a person’s principles or standards of behavior; ones judgment of what is important in life. Living from our values is closely related to living in integrity. Many people think of integrity as being honest, and that is so, but...
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Attraction

A Shiny New Model of Marriage

Linda: The legend of Edmund Hillary, a visionary extraordinaire, as a boy in New Zealand, he dreamed of climbing Mt. Everest. Many people don’t know that he failed during his first attempt. Many men before him had died trying. Defeated, he faced his investors,...
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Attraction

Managing the Inner Cynic

Linda: We live in a time of growing and pervasive cynicism about marriage. The marriage rate in America has hit a record low and is expected to drop even further. The Pew Research Center recently found that about 40 percent of unmarried adults believe that marriage is becoming obsolete. Only about half of Americans are married now, down from 72 percent in 1960, according to census data. The age at which one first gets married has...
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Children

Loving Kindness for Our Partner

Linda: Happy couples hold each other with what Carl Rogers calls “unconditional positive regard”. Successful couples know how to be fully present with each other with an open heart. Over time, they have been deliberately cultivating an appreciation of each other. To become accomplished...
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