https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/long-term-effects-child-sexual-abuse/interpersonal-outcomes There is increasing evidence that children who have been abused, and in particular sexually abused, have greater difficulties with interpersonal relationships and especially trust compared with non-abused individuals. Given the betrayal of trust and violation of personal boundaries involved in child sexual victimisation, this is not surprising. In addition,Continue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/finding-true-love/201909/what-do-healthy-relationships-look Here’s a surprising answer to the question, what do healthy relationships look like. Healthy, happy couples live most of the time in a state of Positive Paranoia. What is Positive Paranoia? It involves giving your partner the benefit of the doubt when they do something that is disappointing orContinue Reading

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Relationships-tips-for-success Talk to each other and communicate your needs – don’t wait for your partner to try to guess what is going on with you. If you have something to bring up, do it gently – going on the attack rarely achieves a positive outcome. Listen to each other –Continue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-fitness/201702/be-responsible-your-relationships If you don’t accept responsibility for your relationships, and you are unhappy in one or more, look to yourself first. It’s very easy to blame someone else for your uncomfortable feelings, so be sure to look at how you may have contributed to whatever is upsetting you at theContinue Reading

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/health/domestic-violence-abusive-relationships.html “It often starts in a very insidious way,” said Patricia Pape, a psychologist in private practice in New York. “He says, ‘Don’t put Sweet-and-Low in your coffee, it’s poisonous.’ “Then, ‘When you wear that nail polish, it makes you look like a fallen woman,’ and ‘That skirt is tooContinue Reading

By Bundeswehr-Fotos – originally posted to Flickr as Leopard 2 A5, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11586260 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-right-mindset/201803/the-5-reasons-relationships-fail It’s possible to reduce interpersonal conflict and improve communication with your main squeeze by avoiding verbal trespassing, maintaining respectful boundaries, and being mindful of how you give and receive information. It’s simple science. StudiesContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happy-together/201711/one-question-may-determine-whether-your-love-will-last In the Nicomachean Ethics, the classic tome on what constitutes the good life, Aristotle says we tend to love three different kinds of things: those that are useful, those that are pleasurable, and those that are good. And he claims that there is a type of friendship that correspondsContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201707/the-secret-reason-sex-is-so-good-your-relationship As the authors concluded, “Hence, sex seems not only beneficial because of its physiological or hedonic effects … but because it promotes a stronger and more positive connection with the partner” (p. 296). Over time, such experiences build to strengthen the bonds between partners, meaning that their long-term relationshipContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201706/why-some-people-just-have-difficult-relationships According to Ricco and Sierra, avoidantly-attached individuals should be less able to handle conflict for several reasons. First of all, they have a distrustful view of others, figuring that they’re not really all that loyal or caring. Secondly, they’re not as good at gauging how other people feel. Finally,Continue Reading