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    The Secret To Relationship Success Is Healthy Attachment

    The field of family and couple’s therapy has undergone a big shift in recent decades, moving into a focus on adult functioning and adult relationships. With this shift, we have seen the effects changes in attachment can have on self and system. And in fact, understanding attachment can integrate the two. Dr. Sue Johnson, a […]

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    Which Of These 7 Love Systems Describes Your Relationship? (Part 2)

    In our last post we discussed renowned relationship expert, Margaret Paul, Ph.D.’s, theory of the different systems which direct and drive our relationships. In this post, we’ll be finishing up by examining the final four systems and taking a peak into Paul’s suggestions for how to overcome unhealthy relationship dynamics and move towards a healthier […]

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    Which Of These 7 Love Systems Describes Your Relationship? (Part 1)

    Margaret Paul, Ph.D., is a best-selling author, relationship expert, and Inner Bonding® facilitator. And she has a theory about relationships. “Every relationship has a system,” Paul declares. She is, of course, referring to the system by which the relationship operates. Sometimes, and ideally, the system will emerge from love, but probably more often, it arises […]

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    The Body and Mind Connection You Need to Understand

    For centuries now, the leading theory in psychology and neuroscience has been that the body and the mind are largely disconnected. It’s called the dualist viewpoint but recent studies show it may be unraveling. Researchers at the University of Cologne in Germany are studying how our perceptions about mind and body connection impact health and […]

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    Are You Making These Depression & Anxiety Mistakes?

    Depression and anxiety are tricky beasts to deal with.  The laundry list of reasons includes: overwhelming swells of negative emotion blocking out any and all optimism and the inability to respond to setbacks with pragmatism and reason. These are just a few examples of the challenges people living with depression and anxiety experience. If we’re […]

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    These 6 Brain Hacks Can Increase Your Happiness (Part 2)

    As promised, this week will be the sequel to the previous post about how to hack your brain into feeling happier. We already covered willpower, bypassing your brain’s processing gateways via sense of smell, and changing the stories we tell ourselves to promote optimism. Here are the last three ways you can trick your brain […]

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    These 6 Brain Hacks Can Increase Your Happiness (Part 1)

    Sonja Lyubomirsky is an academic researcher and professor at the University of California Riverside. She’s dedicated most of her career to studying human happiness. A skeptic might ask, “what can science tell us about happiness or being happier?” As it turns out, the answer is quite a lot. Lyubomirsky defines happiness as “the experience of […]

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    Couples Therapy as A Wellness Strategy?

    Self-care and wellness are on the rise. Which means activities that have once been met with reluctance or uncertainty are now seeming more desirable and appealing. This includes therapy—couples therapy, in particular. In some ways, it’s interesting to see this new wave of wellness creeping into the relationship space. But in others, it’s curious why […]

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    What You Don’t Know About Your Anxiety

    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that around 18.1% of all adults in the United States—40 million individuals between ages 18 and 54—suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. What many people don’t know is that anxiety is a natural emotional and biological response to a perceived threat. Those feelings of dread and fear […]

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    Three Things About Couples Therapy That Everyone Gets Wrong

    Dr. Margaret Rutherford, Ph.D, has been a privately practicing psychologist for over 20 years. Southern-raised and a two-time divorcee, she knows a thing or two about relationships. Dr. Rutherford is passionate about ending the stigma surrounding couples therapy and responding to common misconceptions.   Dr. Rutherford believes that the “very wise couple doesn’t wait until […]

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