What we’re really asking each other for, and what we should seek instead. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were loved and accepted exactly as we are? Many times during psychotherapy sessions, my clients have uttered some version of, “I just want to be unconditionally loved! I want someone who can accept me with my flaws and…

In a highly competitive market, service-based businesses need to capitalize on any opportunity to set themselves apart from their (often very similar) competitors. Perhaps the best way to distinguish your business is to foster strong client relationships based on the quality of your service.  In reviewing the Imperial research to expand the frontiers of knowledge in…

Myths about marriage are all around us.  Some come from the media and others from our own families.  One of the most persistent myths that continues is that when you are with “the one” then the relationship should be easy.  Other misconceptions are developed in our family, for instance if you grew up in a…

Be Curious. Get to know your friend, it takes time to learn about another person. Don’t be so quick to assume or jump to conclusions. Avoid Attacking or Judging others.  Listen and  Validate. Friends want to be heard and understood by you. Listen to what the other person is saying. Use those empathy skills to…

Engulfed by a Storm   Those who have never been in a domestic violence situation are often perplexed as to how intelligent people become trapped and why they remain with someone who is abusive. In an effort to help provide clarity let us consider the dynamics of the following story: Imagine as if you are…

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