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Clear the Mind: Discussing Relationships with Carrie Hurchinson, PhD


Remove the false thoughts that block relationships.  by Carrie Hutchinson, PhD Inside each unique human brain exist complex building blocks of ideas, sometimes referred to as “mansions of thoughts.” Like any home, the mental mansion can fall victim to years of neglect, calling for a major cleaning. Schemata are the webs of interconnected ideas that you learn from experiencing the world and are sprawled across your mental mansion. These webs, while useful some of the time, can impede our … [Read more...]

The No-Games Guide to Love ~ 10 Ways to Survive Your Partner’s Family and Vice Versa


Words by Laurel House Photograph by David Young-Wolff The holidays are often stressful, particularly when you are spending them with your partner's family. Personalities can flare up, idiosyncrasies can be misunderstood, buried issues and insecurities can suddenly become unearthed... and you often arrive on the scene without a clear map of the landscape. Being prepared and planning ahead can quickly take the edge off and make the family, friends, food, and festivities easy, and even fun, for … [Read more...]

Relationship – The No-Games Guide to Love


Looking for love? Craving a real connection? Sick of the games? Then stop playing them.   by Laurel House   You might not even realize the games you play. You may think that you are abiding by "the rules," following the conventional dating expectations that dictate when you should call, not call, make yourself available, pretend to be busy, and tiptoe around the truth… which isn't lying, it's just not being exactly transparent. Screw the rules! It's time to get … [Read more...]

Clear Up the Relationship Climate

Positive Biases are a Key to Happy Relationships   By Dr. Carrie Hutchinson   In assessing a relationship’s health, whether friends, family members, or lovers, it is not only necessary to check the temperature daily but also to examine the overall climate.   Long ago in one of your first science classes, you may have learned the difference between weather and climate. While the weather may vary, the climate of a particular region remains relatively stable over … [Read more...]

Compassionate Communication Orient Your Attention to the Other Person

As I arrived at yoga class the other day, I learned that the electricity was out, which meant there would be no heat and no music. The instructor awkwardly apologized, assuring us that the class was usually about 80 degrees (instead of 50) and normally accompanied by inspiring music. Also, she said, it was a new time slot, which explained why there were only three people in the huge room. Despite the unexpected hurdles, the class ended up being phenomenal, although while sinking into my final … [Read more...]

The Material World – Shifting Our Attachments

Surviving the Holiday Season Try as we may to make it otherwise, the holiday season has become a season of stuff. Our stores, our stomachs, and our stockings are literally stuffed to the point of overflowing in excessive celebration. Each year we struggle to get back in touch with what the season is really about, chiding ourselves for going over the top. We plan to do gift exchanges instead of buying useless gifts for every family member, we vow to donate to good causes, and we promise to teach … [Read more...]

Military Families Gear up for Goodbyes

By Amanda Salem According to the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama may be softening the blow of his plan for a 30,000-troop surge to Afghanistan by setting an exit strategy for July 2011. However, if you ask one of the many Marines gathered at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina Monday -- exit strategy or not -- it’s the support of family that gets them through their deployment overseas. President Obama announced the surge last week, which has left many military families gearing up, not … [Read more...]

Marrying a ‘Baller’ far from the Blissful Life?

Many may think marrying a professional athlete would be a whirlwind of “Happily ever after” upon uttering the words “I do.” However, according to a number of athlete’s wives, it is quite far from the truth. The recent news of Tiger Woods’s car accident and alleged affair with a 24-year-old cocktail waitress has brought the subject into the spotlight. On Wednesday Woods posted an apology on his Web site, referring to his “transgressions.” He states, “I have not been true to my values and the … [Read more...]

4 Steps to Becoming a Better Partner

Sharing your life with someone is wonderful, but it’s not always easy. It takes time, patience, and a lot of work. Even when you’re in a relationship you can really only control your own actions, so if you want to improve your life with the one you love, it’s best to begin from within. Use these four steps to help you become the best you and the best partner. 1) Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff No matter how great your partner is, after a while their habits start to get on your nerves. Couples … [Read more...]

Secrets from Soulmates #3

Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction and her husband Brian Hilliard, a business consultant, answer your questions about life, love and relationships. They believe that whether you are eighteen or eighty years old finding Big Love is always possible. Email your questions to: [email protected] Dear Arielle and Brian: I have been divorced for nearly ten years from someone I really loved but constantly cheated on me. I have … [Read more...]

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