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Gratitude Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Gratitude Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Most individuals are appreciative of their mate’s accommodating, kind and considerate behaviors. They may thank their partner for the helpful deed or words and feel satisfied that they have appropriately affirmed the mate for his/her efforts. [...]

How to Develop Greater Empathy for Your Mate

How to Develop Greater Empathy for Your Mate

This column’s topic was spurred by a reader’s question about how to develop empathy after having been told by several dates that his non-empathic responses rendered him an unsuitable mate. It is likely that a less [...]

Is Human Behavior Elective or Pre-determined?

Is Human Behavior Elective or Pre-determined?

Recent news of violence by policemen re-sparked the discussions of the appropriateness of authority figures’ conduct. The courts will ultimately determine these questions on a case-by-case basis. Is there an overriding perspective that can best guide [...]

Validating Others is a Win-Win Practice

Validating Others is a Win-Win Practice

One of the most common complaints expressed by mates during couple therapy is that one or both do not feel valued, respected, appreciated or positively regarded by the other. Why would these attributes command such a [...]

The Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Marriage

The Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Marriage

Why do some marriages survive, thrive or fail? The secrets to a healthy and satisfying long-term union between two committed partners have intrigued many individuals and researchers alike. Various psychological, developmental, relational and situational factors have [...]

The benefits of being coupled in later years

The benefits of being coupled in later years

Our culture idolizes youthfulness, high energy, productiveness, quick wit and fast-paced life. It also delights in young couples and families. We may not be fully appreciative of the exceptional benefits of later life love to seniors [...]

Rekindling a Lost Love

Rekindling a Lost Love

It is common for people in midlife to begin reviewing their life-path, assessing their past choices, decisions and actions as a way to better understand and accept their present emotional, vocational, social and interpersonal state of [...]

Dealing With Adult Separation Anxiety

Dealing With Adult Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in children commonly occurs when a baby or young child is separated from his/her mother, father or other significant attachment figure. The overwhelmed child’s panic reaction and heart-wrenching cries must be understood as an [...]