June 11, 2019

What I’ve learned about being a mother.

This Mother’s Day was the 40thone that I have celebrated as a mother. And it has occurred to me that I have earned the right to answer the question: “What piece of advice would you offer about being a mother?”  I used to think tha...

April 30, 2019

How your negative self-image puts you at odds with your lover.

When we first fall in love, we have a positive response to feeling understood and valued by someone who matters to us. But eventually we can find ourselves faced with two opposing views of who we are: the fa...

March 23, 2019

Psychotherapy is a luxury that you deserve.

When I was in my early 20’s, I went into psychotherapy. At that point in my life, I had tried all of the things that were supposed to bring me happiness--college, marriage, moving to a different city--and I was getting more an...

January 20, 2019

The Answer Lies in Our Attachment Styles. 

As I observe my single friends and family members navigating the dating world and looking for love, I keep hearing the same question: Why do I always end up in the same kind of relationship? “I started out feeling optimistic ab...

December 19, 2018

Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming, 

“I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!"

--How The Grinch Stole Christmasby Dr. Suess  

To varying degrees, we all have an enemy within, a part of ourselves that operates inside our heads in m...

November 20, 2018

Research shows that expressing gratitude is good for your mental health. It increases happiness and decreases depression. It also enhances empathy and reduces aggression. It promotes social interactions and fosters new relationships. Gratitudecounteracts other toxic em...

November 6, 2018

Research indicates distinctions between the two are arbitrary and artificial.

I have received some interesting questions on 

Daring2Love Instagram about masculine and feminine identity. A typical one asks, “How can I be more feminine in a relationship? How...

October 30, 2018

The most effective way to maintain good communication in your relationship.

The other night at dinner, a man asked, “What do you suggest my girlfriend and I do to maintain good communication in our relationship?” What came to mind was all of the bad communication that I...

September 1, 2018

Actions we can take to make romance burn brighter.

August is National Romance Awareness Month, and I am well aware that there are a gazillion blogs and unlimited advice out there about how to maintain romance in a relationship. Just google “keep romance alive” if you do...

May 11, 2018

Feeling love and emotional harmony with your partner is wonderful; feeling angry is not! But anger is a natural part of life and is therefore inevitable, especially when two people share life closely. One of the biggest challenges a couple faces is how to deal with ang...

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