Understanding Your Partner’s Personality'

Are political views innate or acquired?

Are political views innate or acquired?

Upon declaring your political affiliation, Republican, Democrat or Independent, you are immediately rendered a friend or a foe, safe or unsafe, worth befriending or avoiding. Some may embark upon helping you alter your perspective to match [...]

Dealing with a partner who withdraws

Dealing with a partner who withdraws

One issue that brings a happily partnered spouse to therapy is a change in his/her mate’s level of connection, attention, affection or intimacy. The shunned partner is bewildered, hurt and frightened about the drastic shift in [...]

How to deal with a narcissistic partner

How to deal with a narcissistic partner

Partners of narcissistic individuals may not know why their relationship is so unrewarding. Their mate initially appeared outgoing, appealing, conversant, intelligent, sociable and desirable. It is only with time that mates of narcissists begin to experience [...]

Respect your partner’s emotional style

Respect your partner’s emotional style

Our emotions often thrill us and sometimes frighten us. Whether they are positive or negative, intense emotions are unsettling to our personal equilibrium. Cultural norms dictate emotional containment as one of its parameters of civility. Yet, [...]

Can men be strong and tender?

Can men be strong and tender?

Women often appreciate and rely on men’s strength, competence and rational approach to life. At the same time some lament that their men are non-expressive, unemotional and contained. Does emotional strength preclude tenderness? One factor in [...]

Can women be powerful and likeable?

Can women be powerful and likeable?

Famous powerful women garner admiration, curiosity and perhaps even envy. Yet, they are saddled not only with major responsibilities but also with the struggle to be viewed fairly and favorably. Non-famous powerful women also face the [...]

How to deal with a compulsive talker

How to deal with a compulsive talker

Most people have encountered some individuals who speak more than others do. The volume, speed and/or duration of their orations leave the perplexed listener at a loss as to how to handle the incessant talker. As [...]

Dealing with explosive rage in your relationship

Dealing with explosive rage in your relationship

Everyone gets angry sometimes. Anger is a healthy emotional alert system signaling real or perceived danger and alerting the individual to act for self-preservation. Yet, some people experience overwhelming explosive anger that involves emotional/physical abuse that [...]