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A Key to Avoiding Friendship Problems: Mentalization

There is considerable evidence that friendships enhance our physical and emotional well-being. A recent study by John Cacioppo at the University of Chicago even suggests that the feeling of extreme loneliness increases the risk of premature death by 14 percent.

Culturally the notion of having and holding friends is passed on to us from early childhood:

“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. Even longer,' Pooh answered.”― Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Despite the benefits,...
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Survive the First Four Years of Marriage: Use Anger Management

We know that only half of all first marriages make it. What we often don’t recognize is that the first four years seem to be important ones in shaping, making or breaking a marital relationship.

Research has long pointed to communication as core to a couple’s satisfaction and regulation of conflict. A study by Ronald Rogge and Tom Bradbury, uncovers another tipping point of early marriage survival.

The research sample included 60...
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