The Madonna-Whore Complex

In psychoanalytic literature, a Madonna–whore complex is the inability to maintain sexual arousal within a committed, loving relationship. First identified by Sigmund Freud under the rubric of psychic impotence, this…



Feeling Lost? Part 3

Here’s a Map Intimacy/Lover Linda: When you begin to master the tasks of the wanderer, caregiver, warrior, and orphan, you move into the intimacy stage. All along we have had…



Feeling Lost? Part 2

Here’s a Map Linda: In a committed relationship that means a great deal to us, it’s not so easy to walk away when difficulties arise. These difficulties tend to be…



Feeling Lost? Part 1

Here’s a Map Marriage is a pit full of pitfalls, devised by some devious deity for our conscious evolution. – Wavy Gravy Linda: The path of committed relationship is challenging…



Love is like a Butterfly

“Happiness is like a butterfly, when pursued is always beyond our grasp. But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”  – Nathaniel Hawthorne Linda: A great love…



Wisdom from the Elders

“To get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.” –Mark Twain   Linda: The media would have us believe that popular opinion is holding…



Black Belt Listening

Linda:  Happy couples are skilled in the art of attentive listening. They allow themselves to be penetrated by each other’s words and feelings. They don’t simply receive the information, but…