Linda: It is all quite experimental, this learning to communicate well with our partner. Far too many of us came to partnership with inadequate models of communication from our families. If we dedicate ourselves to learning the skills of effective communication, we can master them, but it takes commitment, time, effort, patience and creativity. Consider the challenge that Raz and Liza faced when they caught themselves in a popular pattern of Raz being the emotionally cool one,...
Here’s what it’s not:
Abuse (any kind) including physical, sexual, or emotional
Addiction (any kind) including drug, alcohol, sex, shopping, work, or porn
Poor sexual performance
To clarify: For many people these behaviors certainly can be deal breakers, particularly if there is no motivation, intention or willingness to stop or change the disturbing pattern.
What one person will tolerate in a relationship isn’t necessarily what another might accept. The conditions that we are willing to tolerate in...
Linda: Now that we’ve gotten your attention, let me just assure you that it’s not your bank account. But then you probably already knew that. If you’re like most people you’ve probably received more information and opinions about the international financial meltdown than you...
Linda: If you're a hard core NPR listener like I am, you may have heard the Morning Edition show with Michelle Trudeau talking about the health-promoting properties of touch. Yes, making physical contact with someone actually increases the body's ability to experience enhanced physical,...